EBACE 2013 attendance slightly down on previous years
Organisers behind EBACE 2013 reported that 12,353 delegates attended the annual business aviation event in Geneva, Switzerland, which was slightly down on the previous two years.
Attendees had an opportunity to visit 460 exhibitors, which again, was a slight decrease on the 2012 and 2012, but according to EBACE, was the third-highest number in the event’s 13-year history.
The static display of aircraft, which showcased 52 aircraft, had more square footage than ever, and was sold out with a waiting list.
Around 30 press conferences were held during the show’s three days, and more than 400 reporters were registered to attend and cover the biggest news stories.
These figures led the show hosts – the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) – to characterise EBACE2013 as a success.
Fabio Gamba, CEO of EBAA, said: “What I saw at EBACE 2013 was an industry that is not only addressing the economic situation in this region, but one that is taking the necessary steps to ensure that business aviation remains essential in Europe.”
Ed Bolen, president and CAA of NBAA, agreed and added: “Just like last year, EBACE has proven to be of great value to the business aviation community – it has been a place where the industry has rallied together, made new announcements and set a positive tone, all of which has the business aviation community looking forward to the future.”
Brian Humphries, president of NBAA, said: “As we conclude EBACE, one thing remains clear: EBACE continues to be the single-most important European event on the industry’s calendar, and the best opportunity for buyers and sellers to connect in Europe.”
Next year’s event will return to Geneva and will be held from 20-22 May 2014.
Cessna released a short video about the products they had at EBACE 2013