During the days of September 13- September 17, 2016, Messe Frankfurt will host Automechanika Frankfurt 2016 in the Frankfurt, Germany. The event is expected to attract over 2,000 exhibitors and more than 100,000 visitors, with 80% coming from outside of Germany. This biennial show is expected to present a great business opportunity for both exhibitors and participants.
Germany is regarded as the home to the modern car. This highly competitive country has the third highest automobile production in the world, so it’s no surprise that the automotive industry is one of its largest employers. German-designed cars have won the International Car of the Year, World Car of the Year, and European Car of the Year award the most times out of all countries.
While you may be in Frankfurt for business, it’s highly advisable that you experience some of the beautiful sights that Germany has to offer. Whether visiting St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral or The Palm Garden, you’ll spend a good amount of time interacting with the German citizens. These travel tips below will help your trip to Automechanika Frankfurt go as smoothly as possible.
1. Punctuality is a quick win 🕑
Showing up even five or ten minutes before the arranged time will be much appreciated often. If this is your first ever meeting with your contact, you’ll benefit greatly from an early arrival. Frankfurt offers all sort of public transportation options, best of which is the metro system. You can travel almost everywhere in Frankfurt without the worry of an unexpected delay. The maps are rather straightforward to navigate and a friendly passenger is often willing to help when needed.
2. A good handshake is also a good start
Not necessarily something that will be overlooked but maybe in a large group, it’s good to keep in mind that it is common for an arriving person to shake hands with every single individual when joining a group and before leaving a group, potentially starting with the most senior person present and working down in the ranks. A friendly greeting and a smile are always good ways to start the conversation.
3. Guten Appetit
Just as commonly known in many languages, also in German, it’s customary to wish everyone Guten Appetit (Good Appetite) before starting a meal and it’s a valued tradition. Just as valued as prost for sure.
Last but not the least, Prost. It’s common to toast glasses with a “Prost” (cheers) or “Zum Wohl” (good health) before drinking. At official dinners, it’s more fitting to lift the glass by the stem and nod to the other guest. The host should always lead the toast. At a dinner party or in a restaurant, you should not start eating or drinking until everyone in the group has received their drink or their meal, and then follow the lead of the host. Make sure to always make eye contact during your toast, as it shows respect to your host.
We hope you enjoyed the travel tips, and we invite you to visit the Temel Gaskets booth in exhibit Hall 1.2 at Stand E07.
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