- May 7, 2009, 12:09 PM
The ninth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) starts next Tuesday at Geneva Palexpo in Switzerland, though it’s expected to be a bit more subdued in light of the current global economic woes. This year’s theme–“The Right Tool for Challenging Times”–aims to give attendees the tools needed to improve efficiency, increase productivity, save money and help their businesses grow in this turbulent economy. As of yesterday, there were 411 exhibitors booked, down modestly from the 430 at last year’s EBACE. However, 65 aircraft are registered to be on static display at the show, five more than last year. Pre-registration for attendees has fallen about 25 percent from last year–6,020 versus 8,115, respectively–but an NBAA spokesman told AIN that housing reservations are down only 10 percent, “perhaps signifying that there will be heavy last-minute registrations.” NBAA said that it decided not to open Hall 5 to exhibits “to be more efficient with the layout.” While this decision pared available booth spaces from 1,954 to 1,900, the NBAA spokesman said there still is an exhibitor waitlist. A Safety Standdown sponsored by EBAA, NBAA and Bombardier Aerospace will be held on the eve of EBACE at the Crowne Plaza in Geneva.