A – At the idyllic location of the Grundlsee in Austria, the Austrian Association of Promotional Products Distributors (VÖW) organised this year’s summer meeting from June 16-18, 2016. As usual, the event was a colourful mixture between a trade fair, association work and a sociable exchange.

On the first day, after the association meeting, a champagne reception was organised on the terrace of the Mondi-Holiday Grundlsee lake view hotel as well as a boat trip to celebrate VÖW’s 25th anniversary. A joint dinner was on the agenda in the evening. On the following day, 41 of the 55 suppliers registered in the VÖW presented extracts from their product line-ups at the Bad Aussee Spa & Congress Centre. According to the official figures, 69 people from 25 Austrian commercial agencies informed themselves about haptic advertising novelties and classics. Currently, 30 distributors are members of the VÖW in total. On the evening of the first day of the show, the participants – all clad in traditional costumes – set off for the Blaa Alm, where Austrian specialities were served and a band provided musical entertainment at an altitude of over 900 metres. In addition to this, several announcement were made: The VÖW presented Kathrin Schneider from The Five Elements as a new member of the Advisory Board. HSI Promotion was distinguished with a VÖW certificate as an especially well-qualified commercial agency. The authorised signatory, Richard Hartner, was presented with the certificate. Kurt Jost, Sales Director at Cotton Classics was delighted at being voted Supplier Partner of the Year 2015.

A further report will be published in eppi magazine, No. 112 (August 24, 2016).

// Jasmin Oberdorfer


photos: Jasmin Oberdorfer, © WA Media

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