ANFAO, the Italian eyewear industry association, will shortly hold a high-level meeting of key members to disuss the future role of the trade fairs in the market. The general sentiment is that two or three major international shows are sufficient for some international companies to cover most of the European market, and perhaps only one in the USA. MIDO and SILMO are definitely on the loop. The 7-year-old Opti-München, which is catering to a market of some 100 million consumers, counting in Austria, Switzerland and some East European countries, is apparently joining this ?inner circle? for most of them. While all the majors were present at the Munich fair in the last few days, many of them have decided to pull out of Expooptica, the Madrid eyewear show, which is being held at the end of February, as they have done recently at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. Opti-München, which has become the only major optical show in Germany through the efforts of Arno and Marion Jäger of OK Messen, welcomed a total of 605 firms last week in the modern new fairgrounds of Messe München in Riem, which also house ISPO and many other major international fairs. That's 20 percent more firms on 30 percent more space than a year ago, when the event was still held in the smaller M,O,C, center in Munich. Pre-registrations from outside the European Union increased more than 10 times, including visitors from the Czech Republic, Poland and the Baltic states, but also the USA, China, India and Sri Lanka, among others.