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The last in <b>ATI</b>'s series of previews of what to expect at ITMA '99.

ATI Special ReportWelcome To The Last ITMA Of The Millenium...ITMA '99 The International Exhibition of Textile Machinery ITMA 99, will take place June 1 to 10 at the Porte de Versailles in Paris. This years ITMA the 13th quadrennial exposition will bring several major changes along with what promises to be the largest event since its inception.Paris returns as host for the ITMA, its first time since the 1987 show. The ITMA Organizing Committees Secretary General is Evelyne Cholet, who also serves as the Secretary General French Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association. The President of the ITMA Organizing Committee is Jean-Claude Charlin, president of the French manufacturers association.Due to the requests of exhibitors after the Milan show (ITMA 95), a major change for this ITMA is the return of the identification badges. New computerized badges will be mandatory for all participants of ITMA.In Milan, badges were not required, leading to confustion and complaints that exhibitors were unable to tell exactly who their visitiors were.Various colors of badges will be used to identify ITMA attendees: green will represent visitors; red will represent exhibitors; white for the organizing committee; gray for exhibition services; and yellow will be used for the press.Nine elements will be computer encoded onto the badges including: full name of attendee, company or organization they represent, full address of company or organization (including phone and fax numbers), and department and job title of the attendee.According to the organizing committee, most ITMA exhibitors will have a badge reader where they can insert each visitors badge. This will alow for a more efficient contact between visitors and exhibitors.Organizers of ITMA have arranged for shuttle buses to take visitors from both major airports, the Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Orly, to the exhibition site, along with return trips free of charge.The exhibition site is serviced by the Paris subway system (the Metro). For those visitors arriving by car, the site is located off of the Porte de Serves/Porte de Versailles exit of the Boulevard Peripherique. ITMA will feature approximately 1,380 stands from exhibitors from over 40 different countries. Of these, there will be 14 stands that have a surface area of greater than 1,000 square meters.ITMA organizers are expecting approximately 160,000 visitors from over 130 countries over the 10-day span.Pre-registration for ITMA, will run through May 31. It is important to note that those attendees who have not registered prior to April 30 will have to pick up their badge on-site rather than obtaining it though the mail.For more information on registration as well as other detailed information about ITMA 99, visit the organizations website at www.itma99.com.If You're Going To Paris, Why Not...Special events in Paris that are concurrent with ITMA will be a treasure trove for visitors. Along with the culture and art of the city, several special events will be taking place.For sports fans, the French Open tennis tournament at Roland-Garros Stadium will run until June 6. A Euro 2000 football (soccer) qualifying match between the 1998 World Cup Champion France and Russia will take place on June 5.There will be many open-air concerts, as well as Haendels Alcina June 7 and 10 at the 19th century Opera Garnier opera house, and Mozarts Don Giovanni June 3,5 and 9 and the ballet Swan Lake on June 10 and 11 at the Opera Bastille opera house.

  May 1999