Even as Delhi witnessed unexpected rains this June, it was raining orders inside Pragati Maidan as Heimtextil India and Ambiente India marked the start of the pre-festive retail season in India. Highly regarded for its trade potential, India’s leading home fashion trade fair duo closed its doors welcoming 198 exhibitors and attracting 7,457 visitors.
Business comes first – be it for new brands or well-established industry players both of whom managed to acquire new leads. Ajay Arora, Managing Director, D’decor shared: “Increased customer walk-ins and over 130 new inquires – for D’decor, this edition has been even better. We truly believe in the business effectiveness of the platform and will continue to support it.”
R Surenthar Kumar, Dy General Manager – Sales & Marketing, Laxmi Cotsyn Ltd, said: “This show strongly caters to the domestic market but also provides an international connect. We have received a great response from international buyers from countries such as Kenya, South Africa and Japan. The enquiries and the communication between us and the buyers have been very clear, which is important for us.” Ambiente India Exhibitor, Ahmad Arsalan, Director, Ahmad Gift Exports who was also very happy with the quality and internationality of the visitors shared: “This has been our first time at Ambiente India and we are overwhelmed with the kind of visitor response we have received. We have got a lot of enquiries from different industries such as hotels, designers as well as international buyers from Thailand, Germany among others.”
One-on-one buyer-seller meetings set the tone of business networking at Heimtextil India and Ambiente India right from day one. A dedicated day for hospitality and retail procurement brought together purchase managers and retailers from across the country and together with the business match-making programme, many exhibitors confirmed to have closed orders through the pre-arranged buyer-seller meet format.
Read full report in September edition of ITJ