With regards to Interalpin 2017, what is it you are looking forward to most?
CM: We are especially pleased to once again be hosts to the global cable transport and ski resort industry here in Innsbruck. We have close ties with this industry. The Austrian chamber of commerce, the state of Tyrol, the city of Innsbruck and other partners are supporting our efforts to live up to this challenge. This is a sign of great trust.
Which are Interaplin’s strengths?
CM: Interalpin shows a comprehensive international overview of all technologies connected with or around cable transport systems. A special focus lies on the many world’s firsts that are presented every other year in Innsbruck. The show is outstandingly international. In 2015, Interalpin attracted visitors from more than 80 countries. Exhibitors praise the high quality of those visitors. The key decision makers of the industry meet at Interalpin. Topically, Interalpin is at the forefront of developments as well. As early as 12 years ago, the show cast a second focus on summer as well as winter utilization of alpine regions. Additionally, exhibitors have introduced the topic of urban transportation.
You said that Urban Transport will be one of the focal subjects. What is this about?
SK: This is all about the special situation that cable transport systems such as gondals, aerial tramways, funiculars and cable cars are increasingly used as means of public transportation in urban areas around the world. Urban Transport is one aspect of Interalpin. The main focus lies on traditional application areas so the show will feature everything that accompanies cable transport systems in the mountains such as snowmaking, grooming, IT systems, access control and so much more.
What is the importance of the show for the region?
CM: Interalpin provides an important economic stimulus. Innsbruck is an authentic destination for this global industry meeting and an excellent venue. We underpin this with lots of services for exhibitors and visitors who greatly appreciate the personal approach of Congress Messe Innsbruck. Die business promotion agency as well as the city of Innsbruck and the Austrian federal province of Tyrol proudly note the establishment of some companies in this industry in Tyrol. And we are proud if in this context the Interalpin show has some impact. Visitors typically stay for three to five days, which is uncommonly long for an industry show. This can be ascribed in part to great opportunities for international visitors to make excursions to visit headquartersand production facilities of exhibiting companies as well as alpine destinations with little effort in a two-hour drive.
SK: I would like to mention that we permanently improve visitor services. We utilize the most advanced online ticket, registration and access control systems. Tickets can conveniently be printed at home or downloaded to smart phones. This eliminates waiting lines at the ticket counters. As there will be 650 exhibitors, visitors are advised to book rooms well ahead of the show if they have not done so yet. Congress Messe Innsbruck is happy to assist. There is going to be another novelty: The eastern entrance (Eingang Ost) will have an entirely new configuration exhibitors and visitors will enjoy when Interalpin 2017 opens doors April 26 to 28 this year.