The Fespa Global Print Expo will move to Amsterdam next year.
It will no longer take place in Madrid in October. Organisers made the change because of the continued public health risks and business disruption that Covid-19 has caused. They will stage the international event at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from March 9-12, 2021. The Fespa Global Print Expo will again co-locate with the European Sign Expo and Sportswear Pro.
Neil Felton, chief executive at Fespa, says, “In March 2020, we took the decision to delay the Fespa Global Print Expo by six months. Then, we faced the advancing pandemic and its implications for our exhibitors and visitors. Since then, the development of Covid-19 has been dynamic and unpredictable. While many regions are now gradually emerging from lockdown, at this point in time we cannot be confident that we could match exhibitor and visitor expectations of a Fespa event if we were to go ahead in October this year.
“Early March 2021 offers the strongest alternative. It gives our exhibitors and visitors time to recover and ourselves time to prepare fully for any new operational requirements. Feedback from the market indicates that, having faced the considerable commercial challenges of 2020, our community will welcome Fespa Global Print Expo in March 2021 as an important platform for business recovery and forward progress early next year.”
Fespa says Amsterdam offers a popular and proven destination city for its events. The city has played host to successful exhibitions in 2006, 2009 and 2016. Visitors can access it easily from many areas of Europe.
This new March 2021 edition of Fespa Global Print Expo will move to Amsterdam and replaces the scheduled Munich 2021 event. Fespa will return to Munich in 2022.