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Vinexpo - visitor numbers up on 2009

Published:  23 June, 2011

Early indication of final visitor numbers to Vinexpo 2011 show a rise of 3% on 2009, suggesting that around 48,000 wine and spirits professionals attended the exhibition.

The UK recorded the second largest number of foreign visitors followed by the USA, accounting jointly for around 10% of the total. Canada, represented by buyers from the national monopolies, was in fifth place.

Numbers of foreign visitors (non French) set a record with Asia contributing one visitor in three.

China showed its growing interest in wine by doubling the number of participants and larger numbers of visitors were noted from Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and India.

Robert Beynat, chief executive officer, said: "The number of visitors from Asia exceeded our most optimistic forecasts. The Asian presence confirms our research on the outlook for world wine and spirits business".

The overriding mood was optimism at the close of the 16th Vinexpo according to chairman M Xavier de Eizaguirre.

Final figures will be made available in the week beginning June 27, 2011.