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Corona rules make planning of trade fairs more difficult

07.10.2020 − 

A rising number of Covid-19 infections in many countries over the past few weeks and countermeasures put in place in response have dimmed the prospects for trade fairs that are set to happen in the coming months. The majority of events scheduled to happen this year had to be delayed for a long time or cancelled altogether since the outbreak of the pandemic. As the year draws to a close, there are just a few events left in Europe.

The Sicam supplier fair, which was slated to happen in Pordenone, Italy from 13 to 16 October, was cancelled back in mid-June and will not take place until its next regularly scheduled date in October 2021. The organisers of the Fimma/Maderalia in Valencia and the Xylexpo in Milan had initially pushed back these events from the spring to November but have since decided to cancel them altogether. The Turkish event organiser Reed Tuyap has chosen two different paths for its Intermob and Woodtech twin fair in Istanbul: the Woodtech machinery fair is slated to go ahead, while the Intermob supplier fair will skip a year. Two wood and furniture trade fairs in Moscow are on the calendar for the fourth quarter: the Lesdrevmash from 19 to 22 October and the Mebel from 23 to 27 November.

Almost all events in other regions, such as North and South America and South-East Asia, have been cancelled in recent months. By contrast, China is increasingly returning to business as usual when it comes to its trade fairs. Several trade fairs postponed in the spring were held in the third quarter, such as the Interzum Guangzhou in late July and the Domotex Asia/Chinafloor in late August. Other trade fairs took place on their scheduled dates, such as the CIFF WMF twin fair that was held in Shanghai in the first half of September.

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