EBACE2007 Declared A Success

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Time for a quick quiz: What has 11,267 attendees, 354 exhibitors, 1,423 booth spaces and 61 business aircraft on display? If you answered, "the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2007)," held late last month in Geneva, you'd be correct. The event's sponsors -- the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), report this year's show was the "biggest and best in the show’s seven-year history." As evidence, both EBAA and NBAA compare the numbers above with last year's tallies of 9,743 attendees -- a 15-percent jump -- and 292 exhibitors, 1,206 booth spaces and "only" 56 business aircraft on display. The organizations report the three-day event helped promote safety and operational excellence throughout the region and was highlighted by the presentation of the EBACE2007 European Business Aviation Award to Judith Moreton, managing director of Bombardier Skyjet International, and to Mark Wilson, chief executive of the British Business and General Aviation Association, for their outstanding contributions to European business aviation.

“Once again, EBACE has managed to surpass even our highest expectations,” said EBAA CEO Brian Humphries. “The positive feedback we have received from both Exhibitors and Attendees, along with the growing support of the business aviation community, is incredible. We are delighted to have this kind of momentum as we move forward in the years ahead.” “EBACE remains a flagship forum for the European business aviation community and creates valuable opportunities to demonstrate what business aviation is all about,” added NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Record-breaking attendance and Exhibitor participation demonstrate the strength and diversity of the community here -- one which has become a major contributor to economic growth and investment across the globe.” The next EBACE event is set for May 20 through 22, 2008, also in Geneva, where the show is scheduled through 2012.