The decision was taken in agreement with the organiser, Messe Dortmund GmbH, and the partner associations representing the tobacco industry, tobacco product wholesalers and retailers. The parties involved have agreed to work on an alternative format to take place in autumn 2020, leveraging the strengths of the world‘s largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories and of the concurrent international trade fair focussing on the manufacturing process for tobacco products, e-cigarettes, pipes and shishas.
InterTabac, the world’s largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories, which is held annually, and InterSupply, the international trade fair that focusses on the manufacturing process for tobacco products, e-cigarettes, pipes and shishas, have been integral features of the tobacco industry calendar for decades. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is now preventing the two fairs from being held in their customary form this year.
Global travel restrictions, which are affecting the planning and staging of international trade fairs such as InterTabac and InterSupply, have contributed to the decision. “Even though there have been signs of relaxation in Germany in recent weeks regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and local authorities have again made it possible to hold trade fairs with limited attendance, while observing appropriate hygiene measures, we as organisers continue to pay particular attention to our responsibility to protect the health of everyone involved,” explained Sabine Loos, Managing Director of Westfalenhallen Unternehmensgruppe GmbH, the parent company of organiser Messe Dortmund GmbH. “As a result, working closely with our partner associations, we have decided to jointly develop a new concept for this autumn, and to present it in detail shortly.” The spread of the pandemic across the world is fast-moving and cannot currently be predicted. It would therefore be unreasonable to hold international trade fairs such as InterTabac and InterSupply in their present form this year: “Our special responsibility and duty of care for the health of the several hundred exhibitors and thousands of visitors from 47 countries whom we welcome to Dortmund each year are things we take very seriously indeed. We therefore want to offer a new format this year that takes account of necessary developments such as the travel restrictions that continue to apply,” she continued. Steffen Kahnt, Managing Director of BTWE, the tobacco retailers’ association, added, “The Corona pandemic continues to present us with special challenges, especially with regard to interaction across the entire industry. InterTabac and InterSupply have always been the ideal platforms here because face-to-face contact between individuals continues to be the measure of all things,” he continued. “It is therefore good news that specialist retailers are to be given a new platform in the near future which will help keep this interaction going with the aid of new, fresh ideas, even under these challenging conditions. We are pleased to be able to contribute as an association, and develop a new format together.” An exhibitor survey conducted in recent days shows that this idea strikes a perfect chord with everyone involved. The survey showed that the majority of participants did not consider it appropriate to hold the twin fairs in their current form in September due to the unwillingness of international visitors to travel. Given this feedback from the industry, it was decided that holding the twin fairs in their customary form could not be expected of the organiser, Messe Dortmund, or of exhibitors, visitors or others involved in the fairs. For this reason, the decision has been taken to stage a new format in autumn 2020. “Looking to the future, the dialogue with industry representatives has also resulted in changing the Friday-to-Sunday sequence to a Thursday-to-Saturday sequence once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed,” explained Sabine Loos. “As we see it, this meets the needs of international exhibitors and visitors spot-on.” The next ‘regular’ InterTabac and InterSupply fairs are postponed until 16 to 18 September 2021 – once again, of course, at Messe Dortmund.
All information was correct at the time of writing. For updates please check here: https://www.intertabac.de/en/start/ and: https://www.intersupply.de/en/home/