Proposte confirms international appeal
Fabric exhibition Proposte has confirmed its international appeal with visitors from 66 countries attending the 27-29 April event and the number of overseas visitors increasing.
The Lake Como show saw international visitors climb by 3.5% to 3.414. However Italian visitors dropped by 11% to 2,042 – reflecting the Italian economy and domestic consumption – resulting in an overall slight drop in visitors.
Visitors had to be invited by any of the 93 exhibitors, which this year included the first non-European exhibitors as three Turkish companies took part alongside 45 Italian and 45 European exhibitors.
In contrast, 71 Chinese companies came to the event, 34% more than last year's 53, though the actual number of people stayed the same at 195. The number of Russian travellers fell by a quarter to 141, while British visitors rose by 15 to 559, the third largest grouping behind Italy and Germany.
The number of retailers increased from 283 to 356, while the number of fabric converters dropped from 611 to 474. Textile editors, upholstery manufacturers, contract operators and wholesalers were flat.