In view of the intensifying spread of Covid-19 across the globe and the precautionary travel restrictions put in place by the Indian Government, Messe Frankfurt India together with Gifts & Accessories, the Exhibition Division of Netlink Solutions (India) Ltd have decided to postpone the four co-located fairs – Paperworld India, Corporate Gifts Show, Interior Lifestyle India and Interior Lifestyle India presented by Ambiente India, slated for March 2020. Having received a definitive industry feedback in support of this decision, the co-located fairs will now take place from 21 – 23 January 2021 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

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.