GDS, the German footwear fair, reported a drop in visitor numbers as it moved to a weekday-only format for the first time for its March 2011 edition.
The number of visitors to GDS, which took place at Messe Düsseldorf on March 16-18, was approximately 24,500 over the three days, down from last year’s March show when visitor numbers stood at 29,500.
This was the first time the show had started on a Wednesday and closed on a Friday. Until this year the show had traditionally followed a Friday-Sunday format.
However, despite the drop in visitor numbers, GDS organisers reported that 82% of visitors surveyed were satisfied with the new sequence of days and confirmed that the twice-yearly show will take place across the same sequence of days for future editions.
The mood among the show’s 1,220 exhibitors at the was fairly positive with some feeling that the new format encouraged more international visitors to attend. Jones Bootmaker and Shoon were among the UK retailers in attendance.
The next GDS show will take place at Messe Düsseldorf on September 7-9.
Sister show Global Shoes, which focuses on footwear sourcing, attracted a significant number of UK buyers according to organisers.