The international buyer recruitment campaign is already looking set to deliver great results: a mere three days after pre-registration opened, 1600 trade visitors had already registered to attend this year’s Hábitat from more than 20 countries. The accreditation system has already issued entry passes to buyers from Italy, France, Jordan, the Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Rumania, Russia, Ukraine and Germany. In this brief time visitors from Algeria, Armenia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates have also confirmed they will be visiting.
It so happens, also, that with international fairs such as the Milan Saloni having been cancelled for this year, Hábitat is the first event of its kind to take place in Europe following the period of lockdown brought about by Covid19.
“We have detected interest from international manufacturers, buyers and other operators in segments of the industry such as the contract sector, who are wanting to get back in touch with their European suppliers,” says the fair’s director, Daniel Marcos, adding that “The fact that the Milan fair did not take place during the first half of the year has meant that many contact opportunities and operations have been delayed. In this sense, Valencia is perceived to be the setting where the industry will spring back into life and we are going to invest every ounce of our strength to make it so, implementing all the necessary safety measures and official health protocols of course.”