Record number of foreign visitors light up Vinitaly

on 14/04/11 at 11:24 am

Wine

Last week’s Vinitaly wine and spirit exhibition drew a record number of overseas visitors to the show.

Almost 156,000 people attended the show from 7-11 April, with more than 48,000 of those coming from overseas.

Ettore Riello, president of event organiser VeronaFiere, said: “The top 10 countries of origin [of overseas visitors] sees Germany at the forefront, followed by the US and Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Austria, [as well as] countries in Eastern Europe with major attendance from Russia, China and Hong Kong.”

Giovanni Mantovani, CEO and director general of VeronaFiere, added: “Despite the dramatic events affecting Japan, attendance by Japanese buyers held steady and Vinitaly in the World is considering a special initiative on behalf of the Japanese people, who hold Italian products and culture in such high esteem.”

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