Buyers and exhibitors alike have again heaped praise on the Get Global team over the success of the second year of the one-day trade event for international product.
With 286 senior local and international Go Getters (buyers) interacting with 140 international suppliers from over 20 different countries, attendees once again enthused over the flexible format and the introduction of new elements like the ICMI Inspiration Corner.
“I was thrilled to hear business being confirmed right on the exhibition floor as well as anecdotally throughout the day,” said Donna Kessler, Get Global Co-Founder. “And that is what Get Global is all about. We are, of course, thrilled with the large turn-out of exhibitors, buyers, suppliers, sponsors and speakers, but the real success of the event is the business and the new partnerships formed.”
Co-founder of Get Global, Gary Bender told LATTE that the differences in this year’s event compared to 2017 were an increase in the number of suppliers for each ‘zone’ represented and a significant boost in interstate buyers.
“We had more people from Europe particularly,” Bender said. “This year has seen senior executives and General Managers coming in from hotels to exhibit, rather than their Sales Managers, because they know they are going to have senior buyer here”.
There was a 24 fold increase in the number of agency buyers from Melbourne alone.
“Last year we had one Melbourne buyer, so the word got around. Understandably, people wanted to see if Get Global was able to get some runs on the board, and if it would continue before committing this year.
“We’ve had a good influx from Queensland to New Zealand and that’s all based on buyers paying their own way –there are no hosted buyers. And no hosted buyers means no pre-scheduled appointments. It’s a show where people who want to have a chat and talk b2b, can be in-and-out in an hour, or they could be here all day.”
Bender also confirmed Get Global would return in 2019.
“Having sold out of our exhibitor spaces this year, with the opportunity to sell many more, we’ll inevitability have to look for expanded or alternative event space for 2019. I expect an increase of over 30% of both buyers and exhibitors next year,” Bender said optimistically.
“When you are expecting people to leave their offices for a day or more, our focus is on delivering the best event and helping create real connections, networking opportunities and the flexibility to business,” Bender concluded.
Next year’s Get Global has been slated for 29 July 2019.