【DE】Trade shows and events in Dortmund picking up speed

Hot event summer: Great anticipation of attractive event highlights


The event professionals of Messe Dortmund and the Westfalenhalle are preparing for a strong upturn in the trade fair business with numerous in-house trade fairs and guest events as well as in the event sector with many musical mega-events. After two years of forced corona break, which allowed only a few face-to-face fairs and live events, the desire and necessity for personal encounters are greater than ever. For visitors to public fairs, exhibitors and trade visitors, the end of the restrictions finally means the opportunity to obtain comprehensive information and make contacts. Culture and music fans can look forward to great entertainment with uncomplicated travel and a relaxing stay on site.


Dortmund – It held on the 23rd and 24th. April the German Comic Con with entertainment for the whole family. Shortly afterwards, BOE connect LIVE follows, which under the motto “Fascination. Inspiration. Innovation.” from 04. to 05. May the trade visitors from the event world move to Dortmund. Packaging and logistics professionals will take place on the 18th and 19th. May two important anchor dates: EMPACK as a national trade fair for the packaging industry and LOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION, the regional trade fair for intralogistics and material flow.


HUNTING & DOG in June – Board game fair “PLAY YET!” moves to Dortmund

The public fair Hund & Katz will take place from the 27th to the 29th. May, where Messe Dortmund turns into a huge dog and cat paradise. In June, the HUNT & DOG goes from 07. to 12. Europe’s largest hunting fair will start again in June. The brand-new topic of online security is played almost simultaneously at the Cyber Security Fairevent. SOLIDS, RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY and PUMPS & VALVES will be closed from the 22nd to the 23rd. June will seamlessly offer three top-class trade fairs. The fair for board and card games SPIEL DOCH! opens from 01. to 03. July for the first time at Messe Dortmund. The analog game fair, which is particularly aimed at families and casual players, is thus moving from Duisburg to Dortmund. The focus of the three-day visitor fair is, among other things, on spring novelties and popular classics – from next year SPIEL DOCH will move! in the annual spring calendar in Dortmund.


In August, two dates will be about the important topic of sustainability: After the specialist day “Sustainable Procurement” on the 25th. August, the FAIR FRIENDS, Germany’s largest sustainability fair, will already present itself a day later.


No restrictions: Mask requirement and maximum visitor limits are omitted

Even if the wearing of the mask and limited visitor numbers as well as 3G or 2G regulations are no longer necessary, the Westfalenhalle group of companies will adhere to some important basic measures for hygiene protection: In this way, the maximum ventilation in air exchange operation and the installation of disinfection dispensers throughout the event area will be maintained. The space of 63,000 square meters in nine halls and the extensive 80,000 square meters of open-air area also offer ideal space capacities to optimally implement distance rules and minimize the risk of infection. Trade fair boss Sabine Loos: “We appeal to the sense of responsibility of exhibitors and visitors to continue to maintain the recommended distance. In addition, however, we do not plan any restrictions.”


Traveling to Dortmund is also becoming easier for international guests after the federal government has significantly facilitated the entry requirements to Germany: No state in the world is declared more than a corona risk area, quarantine and registration obligations are almost completely eliminated. Travelers from the EU only need proof of their complete vaccination, a negative corona rapid test that is not older than 48 hours or a recovery certificate. This must not be more than 90 days ago. For vaccines, Germany accepts all vaccines approved in the EU, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.


Further trade fair outlook and two new trade fair highlights

From 15th to 17th In September, InterTabac, as the world’s largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking supplies, together with InterSupply, which specializes in corresponding manufacturing processes, expects a new visitor record: The last edition of the trade fair duo had already set a new visitor record in 2019 with 13,800 trade visitors. After two corona-related cancellations, the two trade fairs start their big comeback in autumn with a greatly expanded supporting program.


From 03. to 04. September 2022, INTERLOOK opens its doors at Messe Dortmund: Since its foundation, the Augenoptik trade fair in the heart of NRW has brought together exhibitors and trade visitors to the industry and offers a compact overview of the most important trends, ideas and innovations around eye optics. For novelties from the e-cigarette and vaping segment, the steam community will meet on 05. and 06. November at VapersCom 2022 at Messe Dortmund.


You should still make a note of two real trade fair premieres today: STRUCTURES INTERNATIONAL from 08. to 10. November is the new trade fair for temporary buildings, Industrial, storage and event tents as well as all equipment. With the new VertiFarm, the first and only pure trade fair for Vertical Farming & New Food Systems, from the 27th to the 29th September a new platform for cultivation methods of the future after Dortmund, which appeals to the industry and the trade audience as well as interested consumers.


Music enjoyment and business at a high level

In the field of concert events, 50 years of Howard Carpendale, André Rieu and the Great Schlager Festival.XXL presented by Florian Silbereisen in May, the legendary band KISS and Udo Lindenberg in June are certainly among the early summer highlights for the long-weaned fans of big live events. Another highlight is the European Darts Championship, where the best players of the European Tour from 27th to 30th October in the Westfalenhalle. The legendary Backstreet Boys, one of the world’s most successful boy groups, are also on tour in Germany again and will make on 04. November in Dortmund Station.


Sabine Loos, Managing Director of the Westfalenhallen Group, is looking forward to the large number of upcoming events and knows: “The expectations are high everywhere. There is much to suggest that the quality of visitors will be very high, especially in the trade fair sector. Because project requests have accumulated and can now be served again at short notice at trade fairs. Experts predict that exhibitors and visitors who are now actively using the trade fairs can currently open up new business potential relatively easily!”


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