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Outstanding number of registrations for h+h cologne 2018

By Mark Hayhurst 03 Aug 2017

Around eight months before h+h cologne 2018 (March 23-25) opens its gates in Cologne, all of the signs indicate that the international trade fair for creative handicraft and hobby supplies is going to add a further chapter to its success story.

Shortly before the end of the early bird period for h+h cologne, nearly all of the industry’s top companies have confirmed their participation in 2018. More than 320 companies have booked over 90 percent of the planned exhibition space. This is eight percent more than at the same point last year.

Catja Caspary, vice president at Koelnmesse, said: “h+h cologne offers the international trade visitors a market overview that is unique in this form. The trade can establish new customer contacts, strengthen existing business relations and exchange ideas on the marketing concepts of tomorrow with professionals from all over the world more efficiently here than at any other fair.”

In addition to the comprehensive industry offerings, the target-group specific supporting programme is considered to be one of the key factors of the fair’s success. High-quality speakers will pick up on the trend themes of the industry again next year and acknowledged experts will present information and strategies that are tailored to meet the needs of the trade.

The offer will once again be rounded off by a trend fashion show put on by the members of Initiative Handarbeit (Handicraft Initiative), a target group-oriented workshop programme, as well as numerous special activities with artists and various institutions.

At h+h cologne 2017, 423 exhibitors from 42 countries presented their latest products, trends and collections in the areas of knitting, embroidery, crocheting, sewing and other handicrafts, as well as the corresponding accessories, to an international audience.

Around 16,000 visitors from 75 countries marked yet another chapter in the success story of h+h cologne, which has shown continuous growth in Cologne for over seven years now.

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