Berlin, November 8, 2021 | In view of a recent increase of COVID-19 restrictions, the German trade fair industry is demanding maximum planning reliability for the industry from policymakers at the federal and state level. In addition to those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered, exhibitors and visitors tested negative must continue to be able to participate in trade fairs. Especially in Germany, which organizes two-thirds of all leading international trade fairs, this approach is crucial. Vaccines such as Sinovac and Sinopharm have not been approved yet in Germany. People vaccinated with these are considered to be unvaccinated in Germany.
Trade fairs under strict hygiene concepts have only been possible again in all 16 German states since September. Until then, the industry was forced to come to an almost continuous standstill since March 2020. This has caused an overall economic loss of more than 42 billion euros so far in the trade fair industry itself, but also in the hotel, hospitality and transport industries associated with trade fairs.
Until the end of the year, some forty trade fairs are scheduled. For September and October, the trade fairs in Germany have recorded high numbers of international participants. Outstanding were Anuga in Cologne, the trade fair for the international food industry, which listed visitors from roughly 170 countries; Frankfurter Buchmesse, book fair in Frankfurt, with visitors from more than 100 states; The Smarter E in Munich, a trade fair for the energy industry, which counted visitors from over 90 countries. In 2018 and 2019 most of the international visitors (100,000) and exhibitors (17,000) came from China to Germany.
Usually about 350 trade fairs are held in Germany each year generating more than 28 billion euros. The German trade fair industry accounts for over 230,000 jobs..AUMA is the association of the German trade fair industry: nationally and internationally, it represents the interests of 72 members. These include all large and medium-sized trade fair companies in Germany as well as associations representing exhibitors, service companies and visitors.
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