Messe Frankfurt, citing the recent worldwide surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, has canceled Ambiente 2022, originally scheduled for February 11-15.
The Germany-based fair organizer, in a press release obtained by HomePage News, also announced the cancellations of consumer-goods fairs Christmasworld, Paperworld and Creativeworld, which were set for this month.
The canceled shows are not being rescheduled for later this year, said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt, said in the press release, citing order cycles of the international consumer goods industry requiring an annual event at the beginning of the year.
“This decision was anything but easy for us,” said Braun in the Messe Frankfurt press release. “However, in agreement with large parts of the industries represented at the fairs, it is now our responsibility to take this difficult step. The last few months have been characterized by optimism, energy and ideas to give Christmasworld, Paperworld, Creativeworld, and Ambiente a successful new start after the compulsory break in 2021. Our thanks, therefore, go to all our partners from the consumer-goods sector, be they exhibitors, visitors, associations or the media, who worked with us on the trade fairs until the very end and, like us, put their heart and soul, energy and passion into staging them.”
The Messe Frankfurt press release, in emphasizing its responsibility to protect the safety and health of its constituents, noted the classification of Germany as a high-risk area and the associated travel warnings and international and intercontinental travel restrictions in countries such as India, Japan and the United States, as well as the corresponding quarantine obligations.