Trade fair organiser Messe Düsseldorf has delayed its Prowein 2022 show due to the Covid-19 omicron wave.
Prowein had been due to take place from 27-29 March, but has been pushed back to 15-17 May 2022.
Dr Stephan Keller, lord mayor of the North Rhine Wesphalian capital Düsseldorf and chairman of the supervisory board of Messe Düssseldorf, welcomed the move.
He said: “All parties – participating companies and businesses at the location – are interested in successful and the safest leading Düsseldorf trade fairs possible.
“The currently tightened pandemic situation does not allow for sufficient planning security.
“Therefore, postponing the trade fair to early summer makes most sense for all parties involved.
“Based on the experience of the past two pandemic years and the assessment of virologists, we then assume that the situation will improve considerably and that the trade fairs will be able to develop their positive effect much more strongly.”
Prowein usually welcomes thousands of exhibitors and attendees from around the world. It has been unable to take place for the last two years because of the pandemic.
Wolfram N Diener, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said: “The tenor among our exhibitors is: we want and need Prowein – but at a point in time that promises the biggest prospects of success.
“Together with the partners and associations involved, we regard early summer as the ideal period for this. We not only expect infection patterns to calm down but also more people to be able to enter the country and take part.
“This means exhibiting companies as well as visitors can do their business in an environment that is clearly less affected by Covid-19.”