Nuremberg closes on high

International toy fair maintains record attendance as it heads towards its 2009 60th anniversary event.
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Some 80,000 visitors attended this year’s Nuremberg International Toy Fair, maintaining 2007’s record effort of 80,300, according to figures from organiser Spielwarenmesse eG.

More than 50 per cent of visitors came from international destinations to see 2,676 exhibitors. People attending from eastern European countries grew from ten per cent to over 20 per cent and visitors from South America increased by 38 per cent on 2007.

The share of decision makers rose too, by more than five per cent to 76.5 per cent while more than 90 per cent of visitors said they would attend next year’s fair, in comparison with 86.4 per cent giving the same response in 2007.

Next year the fair celebrates its 60th anniversary and will run from Thursday, February 5th to Tuesday, February 10th.

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