Belgium's REALTY 2011 Trade Fair draws in new market groups in third year of rapid expansion (BE)

The REALTY Belgium real estate trade fair, being held for the third year in Brussels this week, is expected to draw more participants than ever this year, with a focus on new market groups, and enhanced international themes in the accompanying comprehensive seminar program.


There were over 3,500 participants in REALTY 2010.

Gregory Olszewski, Exhibition Manager for REALTY said: "We've seen the number of exhibitors registered for the fair increase by about 15% this year and we also expect visitor numbers to be higher overall, as we've focused on attracting new market groups, such as facility managers, retailers, and those in the logistics sector. The growing interest in REALTY reflects the recovery in European real estate markets and the importance of the event as a showcase for the Belgian property industry."

There were over 3,500 participants in REALTY 2010 and most of the exhibitors from last year are returning again, demonstrating a high retention rate. REALTY is working closely with new partners including Comeos, the trade federation of large retailers in Belgium, and also with BLRW-CBLCC (Belgian Council of Shopping Centers), who are organizing a seminar on the topic of 'Retail Expansion'.

The seminar program includes presentations for the first time from two well-known international organizations: the Investment Property Databank (IPD), who will be speaking on the Belgian investment real estate market, and the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) on Belgian and European real estate investment trusts (REITs). Other presentation and discussion panel topics include: 'The Consequences of Urbanization in Belgium and Globally' and 'Challenges in the Changing World of Finance and Compliance'. In total, there are around 25 seminars being held at REALTY 2011.

The trade fair's three days are loosely themed around retail end-users, logistics, and facility managers on the Tuesday; with Wednesday having a more international colour and also being the traditional day for real estate professionals to hold their own networking events. On Thursday, the focus is on Belgian public authorities, with a seminar on 'Public-Private Partnerships in Belgium'. The main Belgian cities and regions are well represented among exhibitors and throughout the seminar program.

Olszewski concluded: "The wide spectrum of participants at REALTY this year illustrates the growing interest in the Belgian real estate investment market both domestically and internationally. We also plan to make the event the natural annual interface between EU policy makers in Brussels and investors from across Europe who need to stay ahead of the game on property regulation, tax, and accounting developments in increasingly interlinked markets."

REALTY 2011 practical info
So far, more than 3.000 professionals have registered. Make sure to book your ticket online – save €15 and avoid queuing. Online ticket sales are still open until the end of the fair. Access to all seminars is included in the entrance fee (except when indicated otherwise).

Dates & opening hours
24 May 2011: 14.00 – 20.00
25 May 2011: 14.00 – 20.00
26 May 2011: 10.00 – 18.00

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