Frankfurt visitor numbers rise

<p>New events and attractions for the German reading public helped the Frankfurt Book Fair increase its visitor numbers this year. More than 273,000 people had visited the Messe by Sunday evening, a 7.7.% increase on 2002--and a reversal of the downward trend of the past two years.

Fair director Volker Neumann said the upturn was a "clear indication of optimism returning to the industry". The German book trade's Peace Prize went to US author Susan Sontag. But the fair's emphasis on public visitors alienated some trade exhibitors. In the international halls, many stands were closed ahead of ...

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