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Record numbers at Aqua Nor

26 August 2019, at 12:30am

Over 28,000 people from 74 countries visited Aqua Nor in Trondheim over the four days of the exhibition, setting a new a record for the event.

With almost 700 exhibitors too, the 40th anniversary edition of the world's largest aquaculture trade fair has been justifiably hailed as a great success.

“The exhibitors tell me that there are relevant people coming to the booth. In addition, many have noticed that many of those who come by are international visitors. All of this fits well with our goal of being an international showcase for farming technology and the industry's most important meeting place,” says Aqua Nor project manager, Kari Steinsbø.

28,000 visitors attended AquaNor 2019 in Trondheim
28,000 visitors attended AquaNor 2019 in Trondheim

The fair’s new general manager, Kristian Digre, has received the same feedback from the exhibitors. He believes it can be linked to the development of the programme.

“The seminar programme has developed tremendously. We received feedback from participants from abroad that Aqua Nor is the leading aquaculture exhibition,” he says.

Digre adds that they have plans to develop both the professional and social content further for Aqua Nor 2021.

“The professional content will be continued and further developed. Aqua Nor is a technology fair, so we want to actively contribute to all of technology, research and development being actively promoted,” he reflects.

The social events in connection with the fair are also important to many, and this point is also being worked on.

“After the fair closes its doors in the afternoon, it is important that everyone has a place to meet. The Solsiden area in town is a great arena and we are already looking at opportunities to develop the social gathering place in the area for the future,” says Digre.

After an extensive construction period, Trondheim Spektrum’s new facilities were completed shortly before Aqua Nor.

 

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“Now we have learned a lot about the implementation here which we take with us to Nor-Fishing in 2020 and Aqua Nor in 2021. I also have to say thank you to all the exhibitors who have tackled new guidelines on transport and logistics in a fantastic way and who have understood that small challenges can arise in a brand new building,” says Steinsbø.