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There are already several fish farming companies that report that they come with almost all employees. It is very nice that the fair will be a meeting place for people from all parts of the industry, says Vidar Onarheim.
The general manager of HavExpo is concerned that the fair will bring together not only managers and middle managers, but also those who work operationally.
-It is important that those who work on the edge of the cage and on the boats come. They have a lot of knowledge, and can provide valuable input to suppliers of goods and services. It is the dialogue between many knowledgeable people that is so valuable during a trade fair, says Onarheim.
Almost sold out
With a short time left until the opening, Onarheim can state that they are now almost sold out for a stand.
-We have a few stands left of 320 stands in total, and know that there will be some exhibitors. I find it fascinating that already at the first HavExpo fair we are the second largest aquaculture and fishing fair in the world, measured in both the number of exhibitors and visitors. This means that the market has welcomed the new initiative, and sees the need for a large arena to showcase innovations to the entire industry, he says.
Good hotel capacity
The hotels in Bergen still have available capacity for those who want to take the trip.
-There are 1000 available rooms right now, which means that there is good capacity. It is of course very important that the city has such a good selection of hotels, and that the lack of accommodation prevents someone from attending the fair. We also have a very good collaboration with Visit Bergen, which will do its best to welcome everyone to Havbyen Bergen, both in May, but also the rest of the year.
Mingling and the social are important, and Vaskerelven in the center of Bergen is the gathering place in the evening.
-Here you can stop by some of the bars and pubs in the area, and be sure to meet celebrities. It can be nice to stop by here both before and after dinner, he says. And also reminds of the more magnificent celebration the fair offers.
-The gala dinner has room for 900 participants. It can get full here, and it is a good idea to sign up to secure a place .