Due to the Covid Care Centres doubling up as Vaccination Centres, trade fairs that were scheduled at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in the month of March 2021 had to be pushed ahead. Currently in discussion with venue authorities, the organisers intend to announce new dates for the Mumbai editions of Gartex Texprocess India and Screen Print India in the coming weeks. The Delhi edition continues to be on schedule for the two fairs.
With the rapid rolling out of vaccines in India’s fight against CORONA VIRUS, business sentiment in 2021 is upbeat together with enhanced resumption of economic activities. However, in preparation for the upcoming vaccination drives, mega facilities such as NESCO (Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon) is expected to be restructured as a state-run vaccination centre. In view of the recent developments, the organisers – Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. and MEX Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. have had to act swiftly to reschedule the launch of its upcoming fair Gartex Texprocess India which was scheduled to open its doors in Mumbai, this March.
Messe Frankfurt India also shared that the Mumbai edition of Screen Print India will also be rescheduled. As companies gear up for business revival, the organisers shared that a final decision will be taken in consultation with venue operators to host the show in the first half of the year, as soon as the venue is made safely accessible.
Raj Manek, Executive Director & Board Member, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings Ltd. “With positivity returning in the trade community amidst the positive news of the vaccine roll out, our goal ahead is clear – to create a safe and conducive environment for business exchange. We’re working in close co-operation with venue authorities and service providers on next steps to implement a comprehensive safety concept, under the ‘MFISafeConnect’ standards.”
Gaurav Juneja, Director, MEX Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. added “With the start of local vaccination drives and gradual scaling back of lockdown, we see confidence returning in the market. Gartex Texprocess India will be a catalyst in the recovery of trade momentum for this sector and its new hybrid format will go a step ahead to ensure onsite exhibitors can increase their product and brand exposure and match with potential clients through their digital presence.”
“As the Indian economy gears up for the ‘big business reset’, the exhibition industry is ready to provide a shot in the arm to businesses by bringing buyers and sellers back together to revive trade discussions.” added Manek.
Delhi edition to be on schedule
Slated to take place in the second half of the year, the Delhi edition of the two fairs continue to be on schedule from 06-08 August 2021 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The targeted business matchmaking through the integrated virtual and physical formats, together with the MFISafeConnect standards will enhance the exhibition experience and make the fairs a “crucial meeting point” in 2021.
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