EXPO REAL 2012 – an interesting debate aheadDigital Manager
This week marks EXPO REAL 2012 – the International Trade Fair for Commercial Property and Investment. Marking its 14th year, the B2B trade fair for the real estate sector in Europe encompasses a sizeable site (64,000 sq m) to incorporate the 1,610 investors, whilst also offering a wide ranging conference programme. This programme spans five forums and 400 speakers, discussing current trends and advancements within the market place.
This year’s topics include facility management, student apartments, niche hotels and the German property market. The latter topic is of particular relevance, given recent news regarding threats to the German open-ended fund industry (currently worth approximately €117bn of European property investments) and last week’s news that German investors are on Axa Real Estate’s target list. It will be interesting to see how the debate is shaped by Germany’s current matriarchal (or patriarchal, depending on your point of view) status in the Eurozone.
The calibre of speakers at this year’s event combined with over 36,000 property professionals eager to engage in thorough debate will make for an interesting couple of days in Munich.
Edward Lowcock, Account Executive