Heimtextil 2021 Delays Event to May 4-7 Due to Travel Restrictions

September 21, 2020

Heimtextil 2021 Delays Event to May 4-7 Due to Travel Restrictions

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Heimtextil 2021 is being moved from January to May 4-7, when it will be taking place alongside Techtextil and Texprocess.

“Now that it is not only governments tightening travel restrictions, but also companies, the latest pandemic developments are causing growing uncertainty amongst trade fair customers,” organizers say in a Sept. 21 statement.

Throughout the summer, European Union leaders have restricted foreign travelers entering Europe to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The list is being updated regularly, but U.S. travelers have been banned so far, including with the most recent list on Aug. 7.  EU leaders have barred U.S. travelers and other countries because they have not been able to control the coronavirus.

The 10 countries currently on the EU list are: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. China could also be included if China agrees to allow EU travelers to visit as well.

Still, there have already been some exceptions, including Germany, which is only allowing in 7 of the 10 countries on the list. https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus


 “Much of the international home and contract textiles industry has made it clear that they want Heimtextil 2021 to take place,” says Detlef Braun, executive board member of Messe Frankfurt. “Many companies are looking to their trade fair presentations to help boost sales following the resumption of business, and we feel that it is more important now than ever that we satisfy this demand.

“However, the travel restrictions that have now been put in place and a renewed rise in the number of infections simply pose too great a hurdle for our very international event.”


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