The Frankfurt Book Fair was implemented to bring together experts in the publishing industry. Every year in October, publishers, authors, booksellers, agents and film producers come together to create. In the past, the Frankfurt Book Fair has hosted 7,400 exhibitors from 106 countries, 10,000 journalists and 280,194 visitors. Books, media, rights and licenses are important topics of discussion at this incredible event.
The Guest of Honour programme has been a part of the Frankfurt Book Fair since 1976. Every two years, the event features the literature of a hosting country or author. One year, George Orwell was the guest of honor. Primarily, countries such as Italy, Japan, France, India and Africa have participated and have acted in a sponsor role for the event. The country has the opportunity to place the spotlight on the cultural and literary style indigenous to the area. Since the Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest trade fair for media and books, authors, publishers and filmmakers can gain incredible exposure.
Twenty-five countries and regions have participated in the Guest of Honour programme at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Publishers use the opportunity to network, gain international contacts and to discuss trade in rights and licenses. It is not uncommon for participants to engage in topics relating to politics, current affairs and history. When the Guest of Honour was Argentina, the event was mentioned in over 5,000 media reports. Thus, there is ample opportunity for exposure.
Visitors to the Frankfurt Book Fair can arrive via car, free shuttle bus or public transportation. Because the event is always crowded, shuttle bus or public transportation is preferred. It not only reduces stress related to parking and traffic, but sharing is also better for the environment. If you must drive, parking is only nine Euro each day. Parking on the exhibition site is only available to exhibitors. Each exhibitor must possess a parking pass for access to exhibition parking. Typically, trade visitors, booksellers and librarians will have exhibitor passes and entrance tickets that include a public transportation pass.