Given the escalating situation with regard to the spread of Covid-19, the Indian Government has taken strong steps on visa restrictions of foreign nationals. With a large international contingent from China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, UAE, Taiwan and Thailand slated to participate at the upcoming co-located fairs in March, the ongoing consultations with the industry demanded a new analysis of the situation, close to the opening dates of the fair.
As per the travel advisory issued by the Union Health Ministry, the precautionary travel restrictions have tightened the entry conditions, making it impossible for large parts of the international exhibitors and visitors to participate and attend the fairs for regular business. Messe Frankfurt’s decision of postponement of the fairs has, therefore, received a swift, unanimous and definitive support from exhibitors as well as industry associations supporting Paperworld India, Corporate Gifts Show, Interior Lifestyle India and Interior Lifestyle India presented by Ambiente India.
“The current situation represents a major challenge for the MICE industry over the world. We have been in constant dialogue with industry players and keeping the interests of our valued exhibitors foremost, we felt it was imperative to take this decision at this point in time.” says Mr Raj Manek, Executive Director and Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings Ltd. “We remain committed to delivering high-quality platforms for networking, and look forward to delivering a great show next year.” added Mr Minesh Modi, Director, Netlink Solutions (India) Ltd.
As a responsible player in the global trade fair industry, Messe Frankfurt is committed to delivering a safe environment for business exchange across all of our trade shows. The health of fairgoers, contractors and staff is our top priority and should there be a directive issued by the competent government department, Messe Frankfurt India will ensure the health advisories and its requirements are effusively followed.
For enquiries related to Paperworld India, Corporate Gifts Show, Interior Lifestyle India and Interior Lifestyle India presented by Ambiente India, please visit www.paperworldindia.com; www.corporategiftsshow.com; www.interiorlifestyleindia.com
For more details about other Messe Frankfurt India events, please visit: www.in.messefrankfurt.com
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Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,600* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €733* million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com
* preliminary figures 2019