Massive, stage-set, and usually regular trade event at which a large number of manufacturers from a particular industry present their products and show their capabilities to distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and end-users. Some trade fairs (like Hanover Book Fair) attract participants and visitors from all over the world and provide widespread interactions and exposure. Trade fairs are a popular means of sales promotion because their average cost of making a face to face contact is about 44 percent of a personal sales visit. See also trade show.
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