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A virtual look at drupa

Thursday, 28 June 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

Launched by Printing Industries, Joe Kowalewski, national communication and technical services manager, said that while most people understood the enormity of the exhibition and the physical effort required to navigate through it, few had the opportunity of visiting their accommodation beforehand or knowing anything much about its location.

“Although we have a range of hotel options, our base camp will be in Mönchengladbach, a surprisingly picturesque town close to Düsseldorf for convenience, but enough out of town to be a haven after a rigorous day bustling through the drupa crowd,” he said.

“You can take a virtual tour of the bas camp hotel, Hotel Amadeo in Mönchengladbach and also tour Mönchengladbach itself from our supa drupa website on

“The first virtual tour guides you through the hotel showing various room configurations, furnishings, hotel facilities and both internal and external views – all to the musical accompaniment of Three Steps to Heaven!

“Our second virtual tour is less angelic and features a commentary supported video and a 360 degree virtual tour of points of interest in Monchengladbach. The tour can be viewed here

Kowalewski said that drupa was not all about the exhibition. “Of course drupa is the key motivator, but once you are in Dusseldorf, in the centre of Europe, there are many other opportunities to take advantage of not the least of which is Euro 2008 soccer tournament which coincidentally will be kicking off around the time of drupa,” he said.

drupa08 is expected attract the largest visitor numbers in its history. During the Printing Industries- Messe Düsseldorf drupa08 road show last month drupa08 Director Manuel Mataré, described the 2008 show as “XXL size”.

“It will be the biggest drupa yet. We have built an additional two halls, and every square metre of space is already sold out,” he said.

drupa08 will run from May 29 to June 11 2008. For registration or information on the official industry drupa08 tour packages, please contact Theresa at Printing Industries on (02) 8789 7322 or email

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