Exhibitors and table holders at the London Book Fair in April affected by the flight ban caused by Iceland's volcano ash cloud are to receive a 30% discount at next year's event, the 40th aniversary of the London Book Fair says exhibition director Alistair Burtenshaw, while international visitors, who were unable to attend this year, will get free entry at 2011's fair.
LBF now estimates that total attendance numbers were down by around 32%. After the Fair a petition signed by over 100 publishers was presented to Burtenshaw requesting "a fair and just compensation for our losses" because of the poor international attendance at the event. The petition asked the fair for either an immediate refund of a minimum of 30% of stand rental costs, or the same amount discounted for the 2011 event.
Children's publishers fear a significant fall in export sales following the cancellation of meetings at London Book Fair.