The 98th edition of EXPO RIVA SCHUH took place in Riva del Garda, between January 14th and 17th. The Italian fair dedicated to footwear in volume, was complemented by GARDABAGS, an exhibition that focuses on leather goods and accessories.
In total, 8,610 visitors attended the event, with significant increases among representatives from Italy, America and Southeast Asia, in addition to the presence of buyers from Israel. Internationalization became visible through more than 100 countries, with a 5% growth among attendees from non-European countries.
"Ten governmental institutional delegations attended, from India, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Indonesia, Côte d'Ivoire, Hong Kong, Italy, and the Chinese regions of Sichuan and Wenzhou. By meeting them in the setting of the new Business Club, we were able to get an even deeper insight into their markets and needs", also informed the director of the Riva del Garda Fierecongressi -Alessandra Albarelli-.
Throughout this edition, the innovative Market Focus initiative was launched, which aims to hold meetings between exhibitors and buyers to promote the generation of contacts and information.
On this occasion, the project focused on South East Asian and German-speaking European countries, the United States, India and Latin America. From this last market, buyers from Uruguay, Guatemala, El Salvador and Peru participated.
Among the exhibitors, the Latin American presence was represented by a Chilean company and 57 Brazilian brands, the latter country registering a record participation.
In this regard, Aline Maldaner -ABICALÇADOS Relations Analyst- stated: "We know that, historically, we have been more successful in the summer editions of the fair due to our type of product, but we were able to observe results very close to those of the June 2022 edition (summer), which left most of the exhibitors very satisfied with their participation in the event, some even speak of better results than expected".
Thanks to the support of BRAZILIAN FOOTWEAR, the firms project business worth US$ 32. 2 million, for the sale of 2. 1 million pairs, the industrial entity reported.
Added to the exhibition offer were the novelties presented at the Innovation Village Retail, by various start-ups, as reported by EXPO RIVA SCHUH.
For their part, the meetings promoted by the fair organization focused on the traceability and sustainability of the supply chain.
The collections for the Spring/Summer 2024 season will be presented between Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th June 2023.
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