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Visitors on the up at Première Vision

Parisian textile show Première Vision saw a 14% rise in visitors as UK attendees increased this season.

The show, which ran from September 17 to 19, showcased 774 exhibitors, with 52,804 visitors coming through the door across the three days.

European visitors dominated, with numbers up 15% overall. Italy led the way with a 41% rise, followed by Portugal with 27% and Denmark with 21%. The number of UK visitors also increased by 14%.

International attendance also grew, with buyers from the US rising 16%, attendees from Japan up 2% and South Korea 8%. Turkey, now a key player in the textile market, saw visitor numbers rise 11.8%.

Some of the emerging markets saw a slowdown in vistors, however, with Brazilian attendees dropping 8%.

The managing director of exhibitor Sfate et Combier, Philippe de Montgrand, said visitors were “extremely productive”, which was “reassuring and encouraging for the future.

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