Busworld’s move to Brussels for 2019 has been declared a success by organisers with a larger floor area and 36 per cent increase in the number of exhibitors generating a 7 per cent increase in visitors.
A total of 511 exhibitors from 37 countries exhibited, with the top countries of origin being Turkey, Germany and China. Visitors came from 143 countries, a significant increase in comparison with 118 countries in 2017.
“Of course this is the best possible evolution for Busworld we have been working and hoping for,” says Redgy Deschacht, president, Busworld. “Edition after edition, the growth and internationalisation went hand in hand. We would not have been able to do this without the loyal support of our exhibitors.”
Mieke Glorieux adds: “It was a lot of work and a lot of sleepless nights, but we can all be very proud of the result. I want to thank all people involved in this success: my own team, the Kortrijk Xpo team who moved to Brussels with us to organise the extra services and last but not least, the Brussels Expo team, who did a tremendous job in hosting us.
“I am, as always, very grateful for the many exhibitors who supported us and the numerous visitors that came, more than ever, from all over the world.”
Electrification was a key theme at the event with almost every bus, inside and outside the Brussels Expo, equipped with an electric driveline.
The Busworld Awards were presented during the show with the Grand Award Bus going to the hydrogen-powered Van Hool Exqui.City FC Design Pau as well as the Ecology award.
The Grand Award Coach went to the Volvo 9900.
The next Busworld Europe will take place at Brussels Expo from 8 to 13 October 2021, when Busworld will celebrate its 50th birthday.