FESPA has postponed the 2021 Global Print Expo, as well as the co-located European Sign Expo, from March until October 12-15, 2021. The event will remain at the same venue, the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The postponement follows confirmation that all international exhibitions set to take place at the RAI exhibition centre in Q1 have been rescheduled into Q2 or later. The move reflects ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-related travel restrictions and visitor quarantine requirements in The Netherlands, which may continue to affect exhibitors and visitors in early 2021.
“The decision to push the event back by seven months doesn’t dent our exhibitors’ enthusiasm for a live FESPA exhibition as the engine for business recovery. Nor does it reflect any concerns about delivering a COVID-secure event,” said Neil Felton, FESPA CEO, in a press release. “Rigorous health and safety protocols are in place with the RAI, and we’re confident of protecting our exhibitors and visitors to the best of our professional ability.”
“However, the situation regarding cross-border travel into The Netherlands is uncertain at this point,” added Felton. “Since our exhibitors are now at the point of having to make detailed logistical plans and commit further costs to be at our events, we believe that the right step is to move to our October 2021 contingency dates, enabling us and our participants to plan with greater confidence.”
The majority of Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo exhibitors will be able to transfer their contracts to the alternative dates, and, according to FESPA, several suppliers whose company policies precluded them from participating in March 2021 have indicated that they would be keen to exhibit at an event later on in the year.
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