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News about the Corona virus

Dear Customers and Partners of Koelnmesse,

The consequences of the corona virus are also affecting Koelnmesse’s events.

Under a ban set to remain in effect until 31 August 2020 for major events throughout Germany from 15. April 2020, no events will be held on the trade fair grounds in Cologne during this time. The overview below indicates in detail which of the trade fairs in Germany and abroad are affected by this ban.

Due to the latest decisions taken by government offices and public authorities in Germany on 06 May 2020, from 30 May 2020, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia will be permitting the holding of trade fairs and congresses, subject to conditions. We stand by our decisions not to hold events of our own on the trade fair grounds in Cologne through the end of June, and to host gamescom in completely digital form.

We will resume hosting trade fairs on our premises from September 2020. Trade fairs with a B2B orientation are fundamentally different to sporting events and funfairs. With trade fairs, the focus is upon personal conversations and business contacts. As event professionals, we see ourselves in a position to create framework conditions suitable to trade fairs, even in times such as these. With this in mind, we will define and implement specific criteria and steps to meet the conditions for hosting our trade fairs from September onwards.

The measures indicated include appropriate hygiene, distancing between stakeholders and interaction with one another, as well as consequent specifications for the processes in place at entrances, in the halls and at the stands. We depend upon professional behaviour on the part of exhibitors and visitors; we will fully register participants and make use of the flexibility and size of our fair grounds as well as the capabilities of our digital guidance systems.

Trade fair associations at the German, European and global levels are also campaigning in public and amongst political decision-makers for an early restart of trade fairs in Germany and worldwide. Together with the trade fair sector, they have developed the appropriate framework conditions and measures and introduced these to the public. The details of these conditions can be found here:

UFI: Global framework for reopening exhibitions and B2B trade events post the emergence from COVID-19

European Exhibition Industry Alliance: Position Paper - Exhibitions and Live Events are the fast track to economic recovery

AUMA: German Economy Needs Exhibitions for Restart

As central business platforms, trade fairs offer an indispensable way to quickly and sustainably return the economy to the greatest possible normalcy. International trade fairs will play a decisive role 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.

The trade fair industry itself is also a decisive economic factor for the whole of Germany and especially for trade fair cities. We are actively committed to a responsible start of the trade fair business in order to offer all sectors of the economy associated with our business a new perspective as soon as possible!

Which trade fairs are affected in Cologne?

The following changes currently apply to the trade fair ground in Cologne:

  • INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR COLOGNE (originally 01.03. to 04.03.2020) has been postponed to 21.02. to 24.02.2021.
  • h+h cologne, International Trade Fair for Creative Handicraft + Hobby Supplies (originally 20.03. to 22.03 2020), has been postponed to 26.03. to 28.03.2021.
  • insureNXT | CGN (originally 21. to 22.04.2020) is cancelled, next date will be 21. to 22.04.2021.
  • ART COLOGNE (originally 23 to 26.04.2020) will be postponed to 19. to 22.11.2020 and will take place parallel to COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN.
  • photokina (originally 27. bis 30.05.2020) is cancelled, next date will be 18. to 21.05.2022.
  • Imaging Innovation Conference (originally 26.05.2020) is cancelled, a new date is in coordination.
  • PerMediCon (originally 09. to 10.06.2020) is cancelled, next date will be in November 2020.
  • THE TIRE COLOGNE (originally 09. to 12.06.2020) will be postponed to 18. to 20.05.2021.
  • CCXP COLOGNE (originally 26. to 28.06.2020) is cancelled, next date will be 25. to 27.06.2021.
  • gamescom (originally26. to 29.08.2020) will take place from 27. to 30.08.2020 exclusively in digital form. devcom (originally 22. to 24.08.2020) will take place from 17. to 30.08.2020 also exclusively in digital form.

The organizers of several guest trade fairs have also decided to postpone their events to a later date, or not to hold them at all:

  • IAW (originally 10.03. to 12.03.2020) will be made up for at a later date.
  • EMV (originally 17.03. to 19.03.2020) will not take place.
  • FIBO, Leading International Trade Show for Fitness, Wellness & Health, (originally 02.04. to 05.04.2020) will now be held from 01.10. to 04.10.2020.
  • ANGA COM (originally 12. to 14.05.2020) has been postponed to 08. to 10.06.2021.
  • Deutsche VET (originally 15. to 16.05.2020) will be made up for at a later date.
  • Chemspec Europe (originally 27. to 28.05.2020) has been postponed to 11. to 12.11.2020.
  • Plastic Free World Conference & Expo (originally 16. to 17.06.2020) has been postponed to 09. bis 10.11.2020.
  • iVT Expo (originally 24. to 25.06.2020) has been postponed to 14. to 15.10.2020.

Should you have further questions about guest events, please contact the organiser concerned.

A current overview of the trade fairs in Cologne can be found in our calendar of events .

Which Koelnmesse trade fairs are affected outside Germany?

The following changes currently apply to our events outside Germany:

  • EmTech ASIA in Singapore (originally 25. to 26.02.2020) will be postponed to 04.08. to 05.08.2020.
  • MIECF in China (originally 26. to 28.03.2020) has been cancelled.
  • interzum guangzhou in China (originally 28. to 31.03.2020) will be postponed to 27. to 30.07.2020.
  • ANUFOOD China 2020 (originally 15. to 17.04.2020) will be postponed to 2021; a new date will be announced.
  • Wine & Gourmet Japan (originally 15. to 17.04.2020) has been postponed to 14. to 16.04.2021.
  • ChemProTech India (originally 16. to 17.04.2020) has been postponed to 19.to 20.08.2020.
  • FIT 0/16 und Pueri Expo in Brazil (originally 23. to 26.04.2020) are postponed to 04. to 07.08.2020.
  • IDEM Singapore (originally 24. to 26.04.2020) is also not able to take place at the new date (19. to 21.06.2020). This year a digital solution is offered.
  • THAIFEX - Anuga Asia in Thailand (originally 26. to 30.05.2020) is postponed to 22. to 26.09.2020.
  • interzum bogotá in Columbia (originally 26. to 29.05.2020) is postponed to 02. bis 05.02.2021
  • Alimentec in Colombia (originally 09. to 12.06.2020) is postponed to 23. to 26. March 2021.
  • ANUTEC - International FoodTec India and Annapoorna - ANUFOOD India in Mumbai (originally 23. to 25.09.2020) will be postponed to 26. to 28.11.2020.
  • DAMA in Singapore (originally 09. to 10.10.2020) is postponed to 2022.

You can find an up-to-date overview of the trade fairs in Cologne in our calendar of events.

Where can I get more information about the Corona virus?

As of 12.05.2020