More than 16,000 visitors at HortiContact Gorinchem

A total of 16,384 professionals visited HortiContact, the biggest glasshouse horticulture summit in the Netherlands. Both Evenementenhal and the exhibitors were very satisfied with the trade fair’s proceedings. Especially the visitor quality was regarded as very positive.

This fourteenth edition, a record 510 exhibitors took part in HortiContact. They linked up with more than 16,000 horticulture specialists. It was the first edition under the new name of HortiContact (formerly Horticulture Business Days).   

This leading Dutch platform for horticulture professionals received many compliments from exhibitors. “This is a genuine networking trade fair on which we get to talk to many of our clients,” said Harris Barendregt of KG Systems. “A potential new client’s email got forwarded to me. He is here today, and is on his way to our stand. If I wouldn’t have been here, I may have never had the chance to talk to this man. He could well be on his way to a different provider instead,” said Barendregt.

After the economic crisis, the Dutch horticulture industry is blooming once again. This was visible throughout HortiContact. Exhibitors indicated that the industry is recovering, and the growers have regained their confidence. Another positive point was the fair’s friendly, low-threshold atmosphere. “There’s a highly sociable element to it. It’s a real relations fair. Placing many small booths closely together creates a lot of diversity, and gives the fair a very clear set-up,” said Sander Clemens of Jiffy.

This year saw the introduction of Evenementenhal’s HortiContact Tour for international growers. This two-day field trip visited several growing facilities and knowledge centres, and introduced international growers to the latest developments in Dutch horticulture. The HortiContact Tour welcomed 35 visitors from 14 different countries.

HortiContact 2018
the 2018 edition of HortiContact will take place on 20, 21, and 22 February. With HortiContact, Evenementenhal continues to focus on the Dutch target audience, but aims to cater to the increased interest from abroad.