MIDO closed its 36th session on May 8 with the number of opticians visiting the annual Milan fair up by 6.3 percent to 41,738 compared with a year ago. Some 62 percent, or 26,331, came from outside Italy, up 9.9 percent. The 15,407 Italian opticians were up by 0.5 percent more than in 2005, recording a small increase after several years of decline. The busiest day was Sunday May 7, with a total of 12,981 visitors, including those who had visited the fair in the previous days. Just before the fair ANFAO, the Italian eyewear industry association which organizes MIDO, hosted the 5th meeting of the World Council of Optometry in Milan, which had some 250 attendees from all over the world. Overall, the exhibitors at MIDO were relatively satisfied with the show, indicating a positive momentum worldwide. Next year's edition will be held from May 4-7 at the new and spacious state-of-the-art fairgrounds at Rho-Pero, giving exhibitors a chance to spread out and to develop a new image and positioning. While the location lies 10 kilometers outside Milan, it is easily accessible by motorway and through the underground, which has a station at the entrance of the fair.