Expo Real's chances rise after Bavaria permits trade fairs from September

The prospects of Expo Real taking place as planned in October have increased following the Bavarian state government's decision to allow trade fairs to take place in the German region from 1 September.

Klaus Dittrich, chairman and CEO of Messe München, Expo Real's organiser, welcomed the decision as 'excellent news', saying it was based on the trade fair group’s ‘special concept for infection protection’.

‘Because health and safety of our customers, our partners and our employees have first priority,’ he wrote in a LinkedIn post, adding: ‘We are looking forward to welcome you at #ExpoReal’.

The decision, taken earlier this week, is part of a wider re-opening programme by the Bavarian state authorities which from this weekend will see the resumption of operations by hotels, followed by spas, outdoor pools and fitness facilities from 8 June, with cinemas, theatres and other cultural events resuming activities on 15 June.

‘The corona shutdown for the economy will soon be over,’ said Hubert Aiwanger, Bavaria's minister of economic affairs, regional development and energy. ‘A lot of discussions with entrepreneurs have confirmed my position that the opening of further industries was urgently needed.’

Notwithstanding the decision to allow the event, organisers will still require a critical mass of exhibitors in order to run it. A decision on whether the show goes ahead will depend on their reaction.

Expo Real is scheduled to take place in Munich from 5-7 October. Last year, the international property trade show attracted more than 46,000 visitors from 76 countries. The real estate industry is monitoring developments closely after similar trade fair events were forced to cancel or go digital amid the coronavirus pandemic. Messe München has been working on a new concept aimed at minimising infection and making its events safer for all attendees.


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