Brussels named as venue for EFTTEX 2014
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EFTTA has been able to freeze its prices for next year’s EFTTEX by selecting Brussels as the venue for 2014.
The Belgian capital beat off competition from Amsterdam, Budapest, Warsaw and Birmingham to be the unanimous choice of the Board of Directors at its latest meeting in Majorca last week.
EFTTEX will be returning to the Brussels Expo for the first time since 2006 when it staged the trade exhibition for the only time in its 32-year history.
EFTTA CEO Jean-Claude Bel told Angling International: “From a financial point of view Brussels ticked all the boxes for us. We were keen not to increase our rates for the show next year and the Brussels Expo has enabled us to do that.
“If we had gone to any other of the venues we were considering there would have been a price increase. It is a safe choice for us. Brussels will be a great venue. It is a beautiful city, has excellent hotels and is the home of the European Parliament.
“It is ideally located and its international airport has direct links to many major cities across the world. It also boasts excellent rail links across Europe.”
Jean-Claude added that another important factor in the choice of Brussels was the fact that it was a Eurozone country. He said: “For financials reasons, mostly exchange rate concerns, we did not want to take the risk of staging a show outside the zone and therefore Warsaw was discounted as well as Budapest which was too close to this year’s venue, Vienna.
Jean-Claude added that a return to Amsterdam – said to be a popular choice among exhibitors and visitors – was also ruled out because of the cost implications and the fact that the city staged the show just two years ago. “It is one of the most expensive venues and we would have had to increase the price of stands which would not be wise in the current economic climate.”
The 2014 event will take place between June 12 and 14 and means that, unlike previous years, it will start on a Thursday and finish on a Saturday, eliminating Sunday – traditionally a quiet show day – from the calendar.
The decision also means that the Gala Dinner will now take place on Friday evening – a shift that Jean-Claude believes will give it more options when choosing a suitable venue for the popular showpiece event.
“As Saturday is traditionally a wedding day, we have often been restricted in our choice of where to stage the Gala Dinner. Friday evening gives us more options.”