Posts Tagged ‘Dental Expo’

Dental Expo, Elections and St. Stephan

May 24th, 2016


Annually, the Austrian dental trade show is held in the capital city. The expo centre is modern, conveniently-located. Lectures are organized, many stands offer refreshments, and there’s even a large area where traditionally-attractive and delicious open sandwiches are freely served, backed up by a very decent choice of the best wines – all free.

So why the usual post-expo discussions about how to attract more people?

  • Used to be a 3-day meeting. They dropped the Thursday. Good decision?
  • They’ve shortened Saturday to just 5 hours. Good decision? (If the sun’s out, as it was this weekend, who wants to go to a dental exhibition?).
  • More lectures? Perhaps.
  • Special offers? Getting everyone to agree is a problem.
  • Hold the expo every 2 years? Being discussed.


Not sure if the Thursday night AC/DC concert at the adjoining stadium made any difference. Not sure if many of the black t-shirted long-haired guests at the hotel were potential dental buyers. (And that’s just the women…..).

So, what else could you have experienced here in Vienna?

Well, first, a taste of what’s happening in many parts of our world: on-the-edge-ones’-seat elections. Only a few minutes ago, Austria declared the leftist Green Party candidate, Alexander van der Bellen the new President, by the skin of his teeth. Having eliminated the centrist parties in the first rounds of the vote, van der Bellen defeated the Far Rightist, Norbert Hofer, by the narrowest of margins – after adding up all the postal votes. “Phew” whispers the rest of the World?

How about a meeting with Gerhard Strassgschwandner, director of the Third Man Museum, which shows not only the whole story of the famous Oson Welles movie, but also illustrates in great detail the incredible atmosphere of Vienna in 1947-8, still in ruins and totally controlled by the 4 Allied forces – just like Berlin except, the the 1st District, the Allied vehicles ALL were manned by at least 1 member of each of the 4 occupiers (US, France, Russia and UK).


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You could have visited Stefans Dom, St. Stephen’s cathedral. (My parents named me after this church – my father was Viennese). Right now, Rod Stewart gets his name in the same spotlight.


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You could visit the famous Palmers stores, Austria’s leading supplier of ladies intimate wear, and understand, from this ad., why they cause so many car accidents in the country.


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How about sitting in the famous Naschmarkt, which means, literally, ‘snack market’. Took this strange image of 2 sisters from Arizona and their mirror images.


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Have a tour of the city sites on one of the famous Viennese ‘Fiakers’ (hackneys).


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Or have an implant inserted by Drs. Michael Weinlaender and Walter Wadsak in their beautiful and modern premises within meters of St. Stephen.


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Go by tram to see Placido Domingo in ‘La Traviata’ at the Staatsoper.


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See Vienna’s versions of Holywoods’s ‘walk of fame’…


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Or learn to communicate by means of Esperanto, as per Dr. Ludwig Zamenhof


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And finally, wash your hands at the Hotel Imperial – at up to $1,500 per night.


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Different Dental Expos in Europe

April 4th, 2014


Having recently attended Chicago’s Midwinter meeting last month, I was reminded of the standard format in the USA – no entertaining on the stand (booth).

Most stands are small, a few – especially the toothpaste guys – are larger.

But try to get a coffee or a cola – or perhaps some snacks, and you’d be wasting your time.

I was at Dental Expo last week, the annual exhibition in the Netherlands (known as ‘Holland’ to some of you).

I have to say that the expo was a nice size. Not frighteningly large, but large enough for stands to display their products attractively and practically.

And there was plenty of ‘entertainment’. For example –

Ice cream for everyone

Background piano to make you buy more…

Not a fully-stocked bar, but beer, sparkling wine and cocktails were popular.

Here are the Multident and Schein stands…and there was a coffee bar that could drive away  (if the union reps appeared?)

This guy was rather large, but this the the Netherlands, and cycling is quite normal – but at a dental show?

This company had 2 of these very special bikes on display. Not sure they could be offered as a bonus such promotions have been banned lately in the country.

Also not sure how the Lamborghini brought more business, but they certainly took many photos of future playboys…(On another stand, 2 gorgeous ladies were modelling a Formula 2 – or perhaps Formula 1 – I’m no expert)

This was the stand opposite us, ready to welcome clients, nuts and all. And, last but certainly not least, American Express had green and gold-card-clad ladies walking the aisles. Not quite sure why they had the van on their stand, but they certainly were among the first to pack up at the end and drive away…

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