Yapidecoor 2016 – Ankara Building & Construction Materials Fair
This year’s Yapidecoor exhibition in Ankara, Turkey took place from March 17th to 20th with over 15,000 exhibitors from many countries. The GWS-Turkey team participated together with our valued partners from the Bek Grup which is a strong player in the project based water treatment sector of Turkey’s capitol city.
As most of our readers will know, Turkey and other countries in the region currently face turbulent times in terms of terrorism, political instability and military actions, yet life and business must go on. According to one of the organizers, although there had been an explosion caused by a suicide bomber in Ankara the week before the Yapidecoor exhibiton opened its doors, the first two days of the event actually exceeded last year’s number of visitors. Unfortunately another suicide bombing took place in Istanbul on the morning of Saturday, March 19th followed by speculations about a second bombing the same day in Ankara. This was too much risk to take even for the Turks and hence the last two days of the exhibition the display halls remained empty with the number of visitors being around 10% of 2015.
“Of course, we all wish the last two days would have been as fruitful as the first two days”, explains Yigit our territory manager, “but it was still a successful event for GWS as we could increase our market presence in Ankara and the surrounding area and gain new valuable business contacts.”
Congrats, Yigit! Let’s cross our fingers and hope that things in Turkey and the region will turn in a positive direction soon and for good...