Two days of Italian public transport strikes failed to deter foodservice professionals from turning out in their droves to see the latest innovations in commercial catering equipment at HOST 2013.
UK travellers had to contend with flight delays on Friday, while those who did make it to Milan were greeted with the news that train services were postponed.
However, the opening day of the show still saw a healthy turn-out, while numbers on Saturday swelled further.
Organisers of the show claimed that despite the strikes, more people had attended the opening day of the show than they had in 2011.
Major catering equipment suppliers exhibiting at the event appeared happy with the footfall. More than 125,000 visitors expected through the doors of the Fiera Milano exhibition centre during the course of the five-day show.
This year’s event features 1,700 separate companies, with a 33% increase in the number of UK exhibitors versus two years ago.
Around 350 suppliers were making their debuts at the show, while 10 countries had representatives showcasing their wares at the event for the first time.
Michele Perini, president of Fiera Milano, said that being able to attract exhibitors and visitors from all over the world was one of the magic ingredients for the show’s success. “The future of the exhibition system lies in internationalisation,” he said.
HOST 2013 draws to a close tomorrow.