Dear Customers and Partners of Koelnmesse,
The consequences of the corona virus, which is meanwhile occurring almost worldwide, are also affecting Koelnmesse’s events. The health of all trade fair participants, customers, partners and our employees is paramount. We are taking the current concerns of all our participants very seriously.
In order to provide early clarity for all participants in our trade fairs and all partners and service providers by the end of June 2020, Koelnmesse has decided not to hold any Koelnmesse events on the part of Koelnmesse during this period. The joint guidelines of the German federal government and the federal states, which now explicitly include the general closure of trade fairs and exhibitions, would otherwise further impair the planning security for all parties involved. With these measures, we are setting the course for the next trade fair dates at an early stage and give our exhibitors the opportunity to exert an appropriate influence on their current trade fair preparations. Our decision is supported by the crisis management team of the City of Cologne, which also recommended in its meeting on 18 March 2020 that the trade fairs be cancelled during this period.
The following applies to all Koelnmesse events starting in July 2020: The measures in Germany are adjusted almost daily, which has an impact on the requirements and recommendations of the authorities, including those for the staging of trade fairs. In particular, it is currently not possible to foresee the terminability for all measures. For this reason, Koelnmesse will continue the preparations for the trade fairs from July 2020 onwards at the planned time with a sense of proportion and continue to evaluate the situation on a permanent basis. We will make all decisions for or against the implementation of the trade fairs as early as possible and, of course, inform all parties involved immediately.
International trade fairs will play a decisive role in the post-corona era in showing the participating industries the solutions and trends for a successful future again. Production, logistics, sales and communication will change, networking of the players, reactivation of economic relationships and the establishment of new business will be more important than ever before. It is essential for all market participants to actively prepare for this now.
We understand that you currently have many questions for us. Due to the huge number of inquiries, we kindly ask for your understanding if our response is somewhat delayed. We are making every effort to assist you with your inquiry as quickly as possible.