More than a year before the event, over 60 per cent of exhibition space has already been sold for TIACA’s International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition taking place in Calgary, Canada on September 12-14th 2006.
“Exhibition space is selling at a faster rate than at any time in the event’s 46-year history,” said Daniel Fernandez, Secretary General of TIACA. “Companies from all over the world recognise the importance of being at our Air Cargo Forum and want to ensure they get the pick of the stand space. Well over 200 exhibition booths have already been sold and we’re taking enquiries for the rest on an almost daily basis. This level of interest reaffirms the ACF’s position as the world’s premier air cargo event.”
In 2006, ACF returns to North America after the last two forums were hosted in Asia (Hong Kong) and Europe (Bilbao) respectively.
The chosen venue in Calgary, the Roundup Centre in Stampede Park, will provide a prestigious setting for the more than 4,000 air cargo industry executives that are expected to attend TIACA’s exhibition and conference.
Companies that have already confirmed their stand space for ACF2006 include Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Aviapartner, Boeing, Cargolux, Continental Airlines Cargo, DHL Aviation, DNATA, Emirates Airline, Etihad, European Cargo Services, FAGSA, Frankfurt Hahn, Gulf Air, Lufthansa Systems, Martinair Holland, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Polar Air Cargo, Servisair Cargo, Skyteam, Swissport, TNT Airways, UPS Airlines, Volga-Dnepr Group and Worldwide Flight Services.
Regional pavilions are proving to be popular with exhibitors with bookings from Belgium, the Netherlands and China, The Chinese Pavilion will include representatives from airlines, airports, trading associations, investment firms, freight forwarders and equipment manufacturers promoting the myriad of business opportunities available in the booming Chinese market.
Gary Bartek, Chairman of TIACA, said: “We are all delighted with the industry’s response and we are well on course for another record-breaking event. I am especially grateful for the commitment being shown by our hosts in Calgary. We have a magnificent venue to house both our exhibition and conference under one roof and with Calgary International Airport served by more than 220 daily flights from across North America and overseas, we expect to once again attract participants from across the globe.”
Air cargo executives from more than 80 countries took part in the last ACF in Bilbao in 2004.