FRANCE: New World absence fails to halt Vinexpo sales

By | 9 December 2008

Vinexpo, the world's largest wine trade fair, has sold nearly 90% of its exhibitor stand space for next year's expo, despite a low-key presence from New World wine countries.

Organisers, who announced the sales figure this week, said that the outlook for next year's fair remained positive, despite the economic downturn.

Vinexpo is held bi-annually in Bordeaux.

The expo has come under fire from New World wine countries, which have questioned its relevance to their needs.

There was an absence of New World big hitters in the list of countries that have reserved "national pavilions" for the 2009 fair. Australia, Chile, Argentina and South Africa were all missing from the list. 

Organisers said that another 13 country reservations were expected.

They added: "More than 2,390 exhibitors from 45 countries and more than 50,000 visitors from over 150 countries are expected to attend from all sectors of the drinks industry." In 2007, Vinexpo received 50,433 visitors from 154 countries.

Sectors: Wine

Companies: Vinexpo

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