The 2023 edition of Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris saw a 41% increase in visitor numbers compared with last year, as show organisers hailed a ‘successful’ event.
Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris took place at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles in the French capital from 13 to 15 February. The dates for next year have already been confirmed: 12-14 February 2024.
This year’s show welcomed 36,334 visitors from 149 countries, marking an 85% increase in international visitors. International visitors represented 38% of total visitor numbers this year.
The top five visitor countries after France were Belgium, the US, Italy, the UK and Germany.
The show featured 3,387 exhibitors, covering 20% more floor space than 2022 – plus, international exhibitors were up by 25% from 42 countries.
Rodolphe Lameyse, Vinexposium CEO, said: “Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2023 is a success both for its visitor attendance, which showed strong growth, and for the quality of the trade conversations.
“This edition has demonstrated that it is possible to design an exhibition with an increasingly broad line-up of events and products that combine wine and gourmet food, business and a warm atmosphere.
“The success acts as a compass for the Vinexposium team across the board. It encourages us to push the boundaries even further and think even bigger so that we can live up to the trust that is placed in us.”
The show generated 6,330 meetings and 12,000 conversations between producers and buyers.
The Be Spirits area occupied a dedicated hall for the first time, covering 43% extra floor space than 2022. The area welcomed 44% new visitors compared with 2022.
The Infinite Bar also returned, spanning 40m with host bartenders from leading venues across France and Europe.
“Be Spirits is the absolute go-to place in France to reach out to an international clientele,” said Olivier Goujon, director of the national Armagnac marketing bureau (BNIA)/Armagnac Style (France).
“It brings together the entire spirits community and illustrates the intellectual appetite for spirits and craft beverages. Visitors thronged throughout the three days.”
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Author: Melita Kiely