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Confex: a mix of conference and exhibition centre

Confex – the new multi-talent

Annual Report 2021

Figures, data, facts

Current access regulations

Koelnmesse events can be visited without restrictions. However, Koelnmesse strongly recommends that you only enter the exhibition centre if you have been vaccinated against, have recently recovered from or have tested negative for Covid, and that you voluntarily wear a medical mouth nose protection.

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"Respectable result" in second year of pandemic

Koelnmesse concluded its second year of the pandemic with a "respectable result," according to the Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, Cologne's Mayor Henriette Reker, at the annual press conference. 35 of the 68 events planned worldwide could take place in 2021 - many with a good level of success, but in some cases with significantly reduced participation. Last year's turnover reached more than 130 million euro, and the loss was limited to around 80 million euro.

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Regarding current developments in Ukraine

Regarding current developments in Ukraine

At Koelnmesse we are closely following current developments in Ukraine, as the people of all nations around the world. The Russian attack stands in absolute opposition to our own values. As a trade fair organiser, we stand wholeheartedly for peaceful coexistence and free trade around the world.

The war has caused tremendous uncertainty and commotion regarding unrestricted service provision, monetary transactions and passenger transport between Russia, Belarus and Europe or Germany in particular. We are therefore initially suspending the participation of Russian and Belarusian exhibitors on our physical and digital platforms until further notice. However, we remain in contact with our partners in Russia, some of whom have been with us for many years and who unfortunately cannot attend our trade fairs now in Cologne. We are certain they have also been surprised by the decision to engage in war.

At Koelnmesse, we are particularly happy that everyone in our sales team in Kiev is doing well under the circumstances.

Sucessful Re-Start of the INTERNATIONALEN EISENWARENMESSE KÖLN

The INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR 2022 celebrated a successful comeback in Cologne after more than four years. Around 1,400 exhibitors from 50 countries took the opportunity to present their products and innovations to the entire hardware industry. The offer ranged from tools and accessories to construction and DIY supplies to fittings, fastening and connection technology.

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A strong comeback: DMEXCO 2022 welcomed 40,000 trade visitors

Following a three-year break due to the pandemic, DMEXCO celebrated its strong comeback at the Koelnmesse exhibition center. This year, around 40,000 visitors from 91 countries and 560 partner companies took part, live and in person, in Europe’s most important expo and conference for digital marketing & tech. Under the motto “We progress together”, a total of over 770 speakers discussed what social advancement in the digital age could look like.

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Confex – the new multi-talent

Flexibility, attractiveness and eventization are the emerging requirements for innovative event formats. The fusion of conference and exhibition, the staging of topics through a more compelling variety of experiences, the digital presentation of hybrid trade fairs through the use of sophisticated media technology and modern IT infrastructure: That is what Confex is all about!

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A career at Koelnmesse

Help us impress! As an employer, Koelnmesse offers you a wide range of opportunities.

Everything about Koelnmesse as an employer

Koelncongress: C the Future

Under the motto "One face to the customer", Koelncongress as an innovative full-service division will in future contribute its strengths under a new name. The wholly owned subsidiary Koelncongress GmbH presents itself as an organization with creative, strong concepts and solutions. It stands for innovative and successful future trade fairs, conferences and events.

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Trade fair halls and exhibition center

Koelnmesse's exhibition halls are centrally located in Cologne's city centre, right at the heart of Europe's largest economic region.

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Curious? Koelnmesse facts and figures

54.500

exhibitors from 122 countries

3 Mio.

visitors from 224 countries

1.000

employees of Koelnmesse GmbH

284.000 m²

exhibition space