VIP delegation visit Icefish 2008
It can certainly be said that Iceland has had their fair share of the world wide credit crunch and many may be asking what this country has to offer companies looking to exhibit. The answer is simple: Iceland’s got a great deal to offer! Fish is certainly back in focus – in the last three years the export value of fish and fish related products increased by 99 billion ISK to a total of 209 billion ISK or 42% of total exports.
Two huge investments in aluminium smelters have more than doubled the overall exports over the last three years to a total of 708 billion ISK. Furthermore, in the spring of 2010, the IMF approved Iceland’s economic programme and foreign loans were granted. Iceland has also been accepted as a potential applicant for the EU and the first discussions of a two year negotiation phase will start in the autumn of 2010.
So all of the above, coupled with a fleet of 1,582 registered fishing vessels landing 1,125 million tonnes of fish, speaks volume for a small country with a 300,000 population! The Icelandic Fleet represents state of the art of the fisheries technology. Skippers and owners update and modernise their fleets frequently and the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition provides exhibitors with the ideal opportunity to meet and discuss new requirements.
The Exhibition will cover every aspect of the commercial fishing industry from catching and locating to processing and packaging, right through to marketing and distribution of the final product.
If you are looking to get a share of the Icelandic fishing market, below are more facts why this exhibition is a must every three years:
* The Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition was launched in 1984 and has been held every three years since
* The three year cycle is exhibitor driven and ensures that exhibiting companies always have new products to show and visitors are ready to spend their monies at the show
* The last show saw no less than 489 companies from 33 countries exhibiting, including six national groups
* Total attendance was 12,429 from 50 countries
* 42% of Iceland's exports comes from fish or fish related products
* Iceland is currently not a member of the EU, which means that this could be the last Icefish where Iceland is still 100% in charge of their own quotas and sustainable fishing
* 1582 registered fishing vessels land a 1.125 million tonnes catch annually, which makes this nation of 300.000 inhabitants an impressive no. 16 on the FAO's World Catch List
* An extensive Icelandic marketing campaign will ensure everyone involved in the fishing industry will attend the show
* Overseas visitor delegations will be co-ordinated between the organisers and key Icelandic organisations
* The Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition is the single biggest commercial event in Iceland and it enjoys the full support of all major organisations.
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