The brief address also provides an opportunity to take a moment to reflect on this first day: the quiet before the storm, the opening of the hall, getting the customer portal up and running on the screen, the first appointments, surprise visits to the stand, a quick dash to the Nordics panel in Hall A1, back to the stand, an appointment with the press colleagues in the next hall and then back at the reception, "Who is responsible for your Munich office?", "Who runs your business in the US market?", an appointment with event specialists from the UK - all while coordinating content for Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn together with a colleague in the Frankfurt office - and then, finally, welcoming everyone to the evening event...
Well, to answer my question above, that's where the last 10 hours went!
But one thing you can sense everywhere here is that the industry is still very optimistic about the immediate future. The mood - both officially and unofficially - remains positive. Everyone has been able to adhere to and confirm their optimistic forecasts for the year.
This morning we were delighted to announce that, together with Berlin Hyp and pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, we are going to provide the refinancing for Warsaw Spire. We also announced shortly before EXPO that we will be expanding our activities to Spain at the request of many of our customers and that, starting next year, we will be actively supporting the Spanish real estate market with a local team.
So, a successful and very fast-moving EXPO day comes to a close - "celebrate good times, come on!" bellows out of the band's speakers. It couldn't be more fitting!