Messe Düsseldorf GmbH is postponing SportsInnovation 2020, which was originally scheduled for 25 and 26 March 2020 in the MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA Düsseldorf, as the quality of the event can no longer be guaranteed due to the increasingly dynamic developments in relation to the Corona virus (Covid-19).
The joint partners, Deutsche Fußball Liga as the conceptual sponsor and the gold sponsor Deltatre respect this decision by Messe Düsseldorf. In close coordination with the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga, Messe Düsseldorf will communicate an alternative date in good time and with the involvement of the exhibitors in order to guarantee all parties involved the greatest possible planning security.
By postponing, Messe Düsseldorf is the following the recommendation of the crisis management team of the German government to take the principles of the Robert Koch Institute into account when assessing the risk of major events and the decision by the state capital of NRW, Düsseldorf, on 10 March 2020 to comply with the decree of the NRW Health Ministry on the staging of major events. According to this decree, events with more than 1,000 expected visitors/participants will no longer take place. On this basis Messe Düsseldorf has reassessed the situation.
"Our partners, exhibitors, visitors and the media can rely on us to act calmly and responsibly even in difficult situations," explains Werner M. Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, and adds: "In addition to the health of our customers and employees, our top priority is to ensure planning reliability. That is why we are currently doing everything we can to find a new date with our partners as quickly as possible".
With a revenue of around EUR 369 million in 2019, the Messe Düsseldorf Group has maintained its position as one of Germany's most successful trade fair companies. 29,195 exhibitors presented their products to 1.4 million trade visitors at events in Düsseldorf in 2019. Compared with previous events, this was an increase in the numbers of both exhibitors and visitors. The Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre hosts around 50 trade fairs in five sectors of expertise: machinery, plants and equipment; the retail trade, trades and services; medicine and healthcare; lifestyle and beauty, and leisure. The trade fairs include 22 proprietary number-one events as well as, currently, 15 robust partner and guest events. Also, its subsidiary Düsseldorf Congress held over 1,000 conventions, corporate events, conferences and meetings in 2019, attracting around 365,000 delegates in all. In addition, the Messe Düsseldorf Group organises 75 proprietary events, joint events and contracted events in other countries and is one of the leading export platforms in the world. Proprietary events in Düsseldorf attracted around 73% international exhibitors and 37% international visitors in 2019. The group runs a global network of 77 international offices, including 7 international subsidiaries.