Although two thirds of the exhibition space – about 62,000 square meters – had already been booked and a comprehensive hygiene concept had been developed to comply with “Covid-19” safety regulations, Deutsche Messe has decided to postpone the next edition of Domotex to 20 – 22 May 2021. The show was originally scheduled to take place from 15 – 18 January 2021.
The reasons for the postponement are based on the latest developments regarding the worldwide rampant “Covid-19” pandemic and on the fact that, in view of these developments, clients, exhibitors and visitors have asked for Domotex to be held at a later date. Domotex is now planning a digital conference to take place on 15 January 2021, the show’s original start date.
“It is our duty to act responsibly. From many conversations with exhibitors and partners we have learned that, first and foremost, we have to ensure planning security in good time“, says. Andreas Gruchow, board member of Deutsche Messe AG. “With our comprehensive hygiene and safety concept, as well as with the positive registration situation, we were very optimistic until very recently. But the latest developments show that we do not know whether the travel situation will have significantly improved by January 2021. Consequently, we have decided to postpone Domotex from January to May 2021. The discussions that we had with industry representatives on this issue have all been positive and have shown that the postponement is the right decision!”
Domotex 2021 will take place from Thursday to Saturday (20 – 22 May) as a hybrid event: a physical show complemented by virtual formats. Visitors who, for differing reasons, will be unable to travel in May, will thus at least have an option to participate digitally.
The Domotex team is also working on a digital conference, which will take place on 15 January 2021, which would originally have been the first day of the trade show. The keynote theme of “Cover New Ground!” is intended to encourage the industry to discuss what the “new normal in times of “Covid-19” will signify for carpets and floor coverings and, regarding the design and application of flooring, to provide inspiration to think beyond existing strategies, visions and experiences and to look towards the future.
Domotex is one of the first fairs to communicate postposition.