RAI Amsterdam, the event organiser of Interclean Amsterdam, has announced the event has been postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“In view of the recent developments as a result of the global spread of COVID-19 and, after consulting its exhibition committee, key stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors of the cleaning and hygiene industry, Interclean Amsterdam will be rescheduled,” the company announced in a statement.
The new dates are expected to be confirmed by 20 March, 2020.
“The rapid spread of the corona virus around the world has led to increased travel restrictions from authorities. These restrictions, as well as those imposed within companies, will result in materially reduced attendance of the show. To maintain the international reach and quality of the event, a new date will be set.
“Through Interclean, RAI Amsterdam is strongly committed to playing its role as a meeting place for hygiene professionals and in building bridges for successful cooperation and expertise across the industry. This is even more important as organisations worldwide are looking to build consensus on how to tackle outbreaks like the coronavirus.”
Bas Dalm, executive vice president exhibitions and sales, said by moving the exhibition to the Fall, RAI hopes to offer exhibitors the earliest possible time slot to present their innovations to a global audience and to initiate business.
“In view of the global economic challenges triggered by the coronavirus in the first half of the year, moving the show to the Fall offers great opportunities. Thus, the world’s most important industrial trade fair can provide important impetus for the global economy at an early stage at a time when it much needed in view global health issues.”
It is the second industry event to be rescheduled this week.
UK-based Facilities Show 2020 and its co-located events, which were originally scheduled to be staged in May 2020, will now be held at ExCeL London on 8–10 September 2020.
Comment below to have your say on this story.
If you have a news story or tip-off, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up to INCLEAN’s newsletter.