Printing Industries has launched two virtual tours to give people contemplating a visit to drupa 2008 a first hand insight into the supa drupa industry tour base camp.

Printing Industries, National Communication and Technical Services Manager, Joe Kowalewski, said that while most people understood the enormity of the exhibition and the physical effort required to navigate through it, few had the opportunity of visiting their accommodation beforehand or knowing anything much about its location.

“Although we have a range of hotel options, our base camp will be in Mönchengladbach, a surprisingly picturesque town close to Düsseldorf for convenience, but enough out of town to be a haven after a rigorous day bustling through the drupa crowd,” he said.

“You can take a virtual tour of the bas camp hotel, Hotel Amadeo in Mönchengladbach and also tour Mönchengladbach itself from our supa drupa website on

“The first virtual tour guides you through the hotel showing various room configurations, furnishings, hotel facilities and both internal and external views – all to the musical accompaniment of Three Steps to Heaven!

“Our second virtual tour is less angelic and features a commentary supported video and a 360 degree virtual tour of points of interest in Mönchengladbach. The tour can be viewed here.

Mr Kowalewski said that drupa was not all about the exhibition. “Of course drupa is the key motivator, but once you are in Düsseldorf, in the centre of Europe, there are many other opportunities to take advantage of not the least of which is Euro 2008 soccer tournament which coincidentally will be kicking off around the time of drupa,” he said.

drupa08 is expected attract the largest visitor numbers in its history. During the Printing Industries- Messe Düsseldorf drupa08 road show last month drupa08 Director Manuel Mataré, described the 2008 show as “XXL size”.

"It will be the biggest drupa yet. We have built an additional two halls, and every square metre of space is already sold out," he said.

drupa08 will run from 29 May 29 to 11 June 2008. For registration or information on  tour packages, please contact Theresa at Printing Industries on (02) 8789 7322 or email

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