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Record figures for LIWF and Distil 2008

Published:  23 July, 2008

Visitor figures to the London International Wine Fair (LIWF) and separate spirits event Distil were up 17% on 2007.

Show organisers Brintex said the number of attendees at both events for the three-days totalled 15,969, which compared to 13,691 in 2007.

James Murray, Brintex exhibition director, said while he was obviously happy with the increase in visitors, the quality of the show remained paramount.

He added: "We pride ourselves on the calibre of the audience which the Fair attracts every year.

"Our aim is to provide visitors with the opportunity to make key contacts and conduct business. The feedback we have received in this respect has been fantastic."

This year's event also saw a marked increase in international interest with 4,223 visitors from outside of the UK - a 22% jump on 2007 figures.

Distil's debut meant 2008 was a significant year for the fair and it had proved to be a "resounding success", Murray concluded.