Initial visitor figures from the Queensland Mining and Engineering (QME) exhibition, held recently in Mackay, show an increase in total visits compared with the previous exhibition in 2006, despite exceptional rain throughout the event.
QME is Australia’s largest regional mining exhibition, and runs every two years.
This year’s event had more than 500 exhibitors.
Australian Mining will review the exhibition in the September issue of the magazine, and showcase a video documentary of the event in the coming weeks.
The video will be available exclusively on Australia’s premier mining news website, www.miningaustralia.com.au.
According to Reed Exhibitions, which owns and manages QME, total visits across the three days were 10,261, a 1% increase on the 2006 show.
Tuesday visits were up 8.3% on 2006, Wednesday’s (the wettest day) were down 10.6% and Thursday’s were up 11.1%.
“Despite the extreme weather, we are very pleased to see that overall visitor numbers did increase compared with two years ago,” Reed Exhibitions Group Exhibitions Director John Gorton said.
“We consider that quite an achievement in view of the fact that the Wednesday is traditionally the big day for visitors to QME.”
Gorton said that QME would return to Mackay in 2010 from July 27-29, and will again be held at the Mackay Showground.