EuroShop 2017 is just around the corner. In line with the dynamic developments in retail, the trade fair will feature a new concept. The four segments EuroConcept, EuroSales, EuroExpo and EuroCIS from past events will be replaced with seven Experience Dimensions.
EuroShop will be the international meeting place for more than 2,200 exhibitors from 50 countries and 109,000 trade visitors from some 100 nations. Here’s a handy list of helpful tips on what to know and where to go:
Getting to the fairgrounds:
- Public transportation is recommended to get to the fairgrounds. From downtown Düsseldorf, Tram No. U78 goes to the North Entrance, Tram No. U79 to the East Entrance and Bus No. 722 serves the East and South Entrances. From the airport, Bus No. 896 connects to all fairgrounds entrances.
- Taxi fares are made up of a basic flat rate plus a charge per kilometer; fares are generally higher than in the U.S.; for tips: round up to the next full Euro amount (maximum 10%). Taxis must be boarded at taxi stands.
- Rental cars are available from Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Sixt and other companies; offices are located at the Düsseldorf airport, the main train station and several downtown locations. On the main streets in Düsseldorf, “Messe Düsseldorf” signs show the way to the fairgrounds; parking signs will lead to one of the fairgrounds’ 12 parking lots.
At the show:
- EuroShop will take place from March 5 – 9, 2017 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. Opening times are 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. daily.
- Entrance passes and show directories can be ordered in advance of the show online at www.euroshop-tradefair.com at reduced rates (Euro 50 for a 1-day ticket, Euro 70 for a 2-day ticket and Euro 130 for a 5-day ticket) or on show site at regular rates (Euro 70 for a 1-day ticket, Euro 90 for a 2-day ticket and Euro 150 for a 5-day ticket). The tickets will again include free use of all public transportation within the Rhine-Ruhr regional network (VRR) of Düsseldorf.
- The KATI electronic visitor guidance and information system makes it easy to find the location of every exhibitor and product category; KATI terminals are located in every hall.
- The exhibit halls are linked by protected walkways, moving sidewalks and shuttle buses.
- Located in the middle of the fairgrounds is a small grocery, store, hardware store and telecommunication store (where vouchers for wireless access can be purchased) as well as a courier service and travel agency.
Germany in general:
- Shops are generally open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Larger department stores are often open until 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 6 p.m. on Saturday. All stores are closed on Sunday.
- Banks are generally open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Thursdays to 5:30 p.m.); the Euro is the single currency for the European Union Nations, including Germany. The Euro comes in denominations of Euro 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 bills and Euro 1 and 2 and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents coins.
- Restaurants: Asking for a quick service in a non-fast-food restaurant is considered impolite; water does not accompany the meal but can be ordered by the bottle; tipping: service charge is included in the bill (but a small tip should be handed to the waitress/waiter directly).
- A brochure about German business customs and practices can be downloaded here.
- For further information on visiting or exhibiting at EuroShop 2017, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Visit the website, subscribe to the blog, or follow on twitter.
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