I spent today in Vienna at the European Parking Association’s Biennial conference. Two conversations stood out.
I spoke with an international consultant. He told me that last year about this time his business just dried up. Projects were put on hold. “There is no money.” Two weeks ago, his phone began ringing off the hook. He now has more business than he can handle. “They are calling from everywhere, from Jamaica, From Lebanon, and from the UK. There is a lot of work to be done in parking.”
The second group was from one of the largest manufacturers of parking equipment in Europe. They said that for them, too, the market has rebounded strong. “Deals that were put on hold are active again. With the exception of Spain, and Italy, Europe is booming, as is the Middle East, Australia, and East Asia”
Wow – that’s terrific news.
The EPA is extremely happy with its show this year. Comments from the vendors were that the IPI was slow, but the EPA was rocking. Good Traffic, and high quality attendees. I looked at the content of the presentations. They were top of the line. That brings good people.
Parking is coming back.