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19-Mar-2020
Photokina 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak

After intensive consultation, Koelnmesse GmbH has finally made a decision to call off the Photokina 2020, which was going to be held from 27thto 30th May 2020. The next Photokina will be held from 18th to 21st May 2022. The Imaging Innovation Conference will not celebrate its premier this year as planned, though a new date will be announced soon.

The managing team of Koelnmesse has planned not to create any own events on the part of Koelnmesse until the end of June 2020. This decision is supported by the crisis management team of the City of Cologne, which also suggested in its meeting on 18.03.2020 to cancel the trade fairs deu to COVID-19 outbreak.

This also happens against the background of the agreement reached on 16.03.2020 between the German federal government and the governments of the German states, laying down common guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus epidemic and explicitly including the general closure of trade fairs and exhibitions. This impairs the planning security for Koelnmesse and the participants of the trade fairs in Cologne far beyond the scope of the current scenarios. With this early announcement, Koelnmesse wants to give its exhibitors and visitors planning security.

The decision not to host the next edition of photokina until May 2022 was made with in view of several factors: Even before the appearance of the coronavirus, the imaging market was already subject to strongly dynamic movements. This trend will now gain momentum and must be factored into plans for the upcoming photokina. Added to this is the fact that our customers’ resources are already under heavy strain in 2021 – as a result of general economic trends as well as rescheduled events on the global trade fair calendar. The orientation towards 2022 gives everyone involved time enough to design the next photokina with an eye to the needs of the market, and of our exhibitors and visitors.

Kai Hillebrandt, Chairman of the Photo Industry Association said "It goes without saying that PIV completely stands behind the decision taken by Koelnmesse to cancel photokina 2020. The health of exhibitors and visitors is top priority at the moment. As the conceptual sponsor of photokina, we will do our utmost to assist the Koelnmesse with the planning of the next edition of photokina.”


 
 
 
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