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Coronavirus: Current information on trade fairs in Germany

Conducting trade fairs in Corona times

In some federal states it is possible to organise trade fairs. In Baden-Württemberg, Saxony and Thuringia events are currently prohibited, in other federal states upper limits apply for participants. Until March 2022, a total of around 65 trade fairs are planned, including 27 with international or national significance. Trade fairs are business platforms where comprehensive hygiene and distance concepts can be implemented to protect the health of trade fair participants, as the trade fairs held in autumn 2020 also proved. Hygiene and distance concepts at trade fairs in Germany.


Entry requirements for trade fair participants from abroad

Trade fair participants from abroad can enter Germany. Detailed information on entry requirements for exhibitors and visitors from abroad is available here. The rules on accommodation and public transport can be found here.


Trade fairs in Germany

In some federal states it is possible to organise trade fairs. In Baden-Württemberg, Saxony and Thuringia events are currently prohibited, in other federal states upper limits apply for participants. Until March 2022, a total of around 65 trade fairs are planned, including 27 with international or national significance. 

According to the organisers' plans, around 380 exhibitions should be held in Germany in 2021. In the first half of the year, more than two thirds were cancelled due to the still uncertain general conditions. In many cases, the trade fair organisers have developed substitute formats. So far, around 60 digital events have taken place. 

The economy needs exhibitions, because they are excellently suited to win new customers, to make innovations tangible with all the senses and thus to present them convincingly. Find more information here on the Restart of the trade fair industry.

In 2020, more than 70% of all trade fairs in Germany (368 were planned) had to be cancelled or postponed. For a number of trade fairs, the organisers have decided to postpone dates to 2021 as well as 2022. Around 50 digital replacement events took place in 2020. Exhibitors were thus able to maintain customer contacts and provide information about innovations. Overall, German trade fair organisers recorded a 70% drop in turnover.

AUMA offers the dates of the next trade fairs in Germany in its trade fair database at https://www.auma.de/en/exhibit/find-your-exhibitions?typ=nmd - both of real trade fairs and of digital formats. Further information on trade fairs in Germany and abroad is available from the respective organiser.


Consequences of Corona-related trade fair cancellations

The cancellation of exhibitions does not only result in losses for the directly involved actors such as organisers, exhibitors, visitors and service providers, but also has serious macroeconomic consequences. Among others, the hotel industry, gastronomy, transport industry, etc. are affected. According to calculations by the Institute of the German Trade Fair Industry, the overall economic losses due to the cancellation of exhibitions in 2021 already amount to 24.4 billion euros. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, the damage amounts to 46.2 billion euros, 165,000 jobs are at risk and 6.7 billion euros in tax revenue will be lost to the treasury. Further information: Current analysis of the German Ifo Institute for Economic Research


Economic aid granted by the German Federal Government

The cancellation of trade fairs in Germany and other corona-related measures to restrict contacts have resulted in serious losses for many companies in the trade fair and event industry. For this reason, the German Federal Government has been providing extensive support measures, which are being successively supplemented and increased. Here you will find an overview of the state corona aid.





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