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2022 was a year like no other for Koelnmesse. We rose to the challenges of the global pandemic and managed to resume our path to growth in spite of all the challenges. With 61 events instead of the 71 originally planned, we demonstrated that we are a reliable partner – even in turbulent times.

Read more in our Annual Report 2022

Fact sheet for the Annual Press Conference 2023



Trade fairs are still the key and inspiring platform for gaining access to and get international business started again. We act as an engine for the global economy, bringing dedication and lots of energy to the task. That is why, in spite of the crisis, in 2022 Koelnmesse was able to realise a total of 59 of the 71 events that had been planned; 18 of these events were held abroad. The highlight of the past year in Cologne was gamescom, with 265,000 visitors. With 240 million euro in sales, the previous year’s level was clearly exceeded, and the upwards trend will continue. Of this we are certain: Koelnmesse is regaining the radiance for which it is well-known.



Koelnmesse used the crisis as an opportunity and enhanced the attractiveness of existing trade fairs. The digital transformation makes hybrid formats possible and widens the spectrum of services we can offer. This has resulted in the creation of new trade fairs and events, both in Cologne and abroad. There are strategic partnerships in planning as well – in Italy and Mexico, for example. Following the great success of the German Pavilions organised by Koelnmesse at Expo 2020 in Dubai, Koelnmesse was once again commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BWMK) to organise the Expo 2025 in Osaka, Japan.



We are using digital platforms to extend the trade fair experience to up to 365 days a year. Meanwhile, digital signage and geofencing enhance the live experience on site. This is how we are shaping the future of the events sector. The Koelnmesse 3.0 investment programme is making rapid progress through modifi cations, modernisation and digitalisation. A milestone in this regard was the topping-out ceremony of Confex, our new multifunctional location. From 2024, Koelnmesse and Koelncongress will host trade fairs, events and congresses at the highest international levels of excellence there.



Koelnmesse conducts business responsibly with a view to social and ecological challenges. Koelnmesse is committed to becoming CO2-neutral by 2035, together with the City of Cologne. Sustainability is becoming a central pillar of corporate strategy. Operating an own combined heat and power plant saves 3,200 tonnes of CO2 each year. Koelnmesse has been heating with green electricity since the beginning of 2022. This will be continued in conjunction with further measures on the trade fair grounds, at events and through the active participation of the customers.