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InnoTrans 2006: Ten Years On The World's Leading Trade Fair

Only four weeks to go, and on 19 September InnoTrans 2006, the world's leading trade fair for rail transport technology opens its doors in Berlin. Around 1, 600 exhibitors from 41 countries will be occupying a display area covering 120, 000 square metres, making it the world's largest and most important trade fair representing this sector. One of the trademarks of this show of high-tech systems is that it attracts a wide international audience. Around half of all the exhibitors are from abroad. Over 50, 000 visitors from around the world are expected to be here on the trade visitor days between 19 and 22 September.

Ten years on from the first event InnoTrans continues to grow. Each of the display sections is larger than in 2004: Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure and Public Transport, as well as Information Technology and Services have all expanded. Railway Infrastructure and Public Transport have already become the size of specialised trade fairs, each fully representing a respective part of the industry. Two new display sections will be celebrating their debut at InnoTrans 2006: Tunnel Construction and Interiors.

The supporting event is the InnoTrans Convention, which consists of three main sections: the Dialogue Forum, the European and Asian Rail Summit, and the International Tunnel Forum.

The 5th Public Transport Forum will also be held at InnoTrans, and takes place on 21 September 2006. The forum will discuss the current situation and future prospects following 10 years of regional organisation.

The Business Lounge is an area in Hall 6.1 where Messe Berlin will be offering trade visitors and exhibitors at InnoTrans 2006 a variety of special services. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the lounge offers a quiet area for meeting customers, negotiating business or simply for a short break away from the hustle and bustle of the fair. Visitors to the lounge will also be able to use the internet cafe, with free online access via WLAN. The Berlin Counter will provide information and advice on evening events in the capital, plus a special ticket service.



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