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5 Key Freight Forwarding & Cargo Exhibitions for Networking

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There are some great shows that take place annually and which can help anyo fyou involved with the shipping and freight industry to network. Some of my favourites as are as follows.

Guide to the Passenger Terminal Expo

The passenger terminal plays such a significant part in a passenger’s experience for a whole range of modes of transport. In fact, the experience that the passenger has at a terminal can set the tone for the travel experience as a whole and can even determine whether a passenger chooses to pass through that terminal again. Therefore, the ability to stay up to date with the latest developments and issues surrounding the terminal field is key to the success of many institutions. One of the best ways to do this is to attend the Passenger Terminal Expo in Vienna, Austria.

Held ina different European city each year, the Passenger Terminal Expo is a meeting point for the industry professionals in this field who, depending on their involvement with terminals, gather to share their expertise, expand their customer base and pick up new ideas on how to improve the ir own terminal. There is a great deal of psychology surrounding the layout of a passenger terminal in order to ensure that it not only meets (and maybe exceeds) the expectations of the passenger, but also that it maximises the terminal’s commercial potential. Visitors to the show can tap into this psychology as well and meet experts whom they can bring on board to optimise their terminal/s.

Aside from Key areas which are covered at the expo are security, management and technology. Representatives from around 100 countries attend the expo, which is a combination of exhibitions and conference activities, ranging from speeches and talks to interactive activities. The delegates range in position and importance, with government officials and leading authorities mixing with managers and their staff.

Transport Security Expo

Held at the Olympia in London, the Transport Security Expo is one of the main events internationally for the protection and security of public transport and commercial vehicles, something which has become high priority in the modern age due to the increased risk of terrorist attacks. The show runs for two days and combines exhibitions, conferences and workshops to ensure that the visitor has a truly comprehensive understanding of the current threats to the transport industry and the solutions which will help to limit this threat. 

In order to facilitate an accurate and well-rounded view of the transport industry, the leading companies, organisations and figures attend the show including those from rail, road, air and sea. There is also the presence of government officials who not only educate with regards to the current political standpoint on transport, but also use the event to gage the opinion of the industry professionals as an aid to progressing and adapting current policy. 

The exhibition aspect of the show attracts over one hundred suppliers from around the world, so from the visitor viewpoint it is a great opportunity to access a wide range of products and services, whilst from the exhibitor viewpoint the target market can be dealt with directly and in a face-to-face fashion. The conference programme is a combination of conferences specific to the individual public transport fields (maritime, aviation, road and those which address issues relevant to the transport industry as a whole. Within these conferences there are presentations as well as the opportunity for discussions and for networking.

Guide to Traffex

The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham hosts some of the largest and most important exhibitions in the world, and Traffex 2013 certainly counts as one of those shows. Traffex is considered to be one of the most important exhibitions in the world for the transportation industry, traffic management, parking, road safety and highway maintenance, and is a forum for people from all of these industries around the world to get together and discuss the latest issues and showcase the latest solutions.

A visit to Traffex allows the visitor first-hand experience of important product launches, with manufacturers cleverly choosing this event for its high profile nature and the fact that they can gain exposure to so many decisions makers at one time. Traffex is held bi-annualy which means that there is always plenty to discover from one show to the next. It is not all about new products and solutions though, there is a really comprehensive range of existing ones, with the close proximity making it easy to compare them and also discuss the pros and cons of each with the developers and providers.

Approx 500 companies are expected to be present at Traffex 2013, covering everything from the large more obvious elements of the industry to the people who add the finishing touches, such as sign makers, street lighting, toll management and traffic enforcement amongst various other things.

Despite having various different distinct sections of the show, Traffex is located in one hall and is extremely easy to navigate. The result of having all sections in one show is that there is a good mix of contractors, government figures, transport operators and people who are generally involved in the involved industry.

Historically Traffex has attracted around ten thousand visitors, with the result being that those exhibiting at the show have the opportunity to generate genuine relationships and source strong leads which generate hundreds of thousands of pounds. Learn more about Traffex.

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