Calendar of events as in pre-corona times / financial year 2022 better than expected
Messe Stuttgart announces a full calendar of events for 2023 at the beginning of the year and thus builds on its streak of success interrupted due to the pandemic. CMT, the world’s largest public fair for tourism and caravanning, kicks off in January. “In 2020, we were still in the fortunate position to be able to carry out the CMT before we had to say from mid-March: ‘rien ne va plus’. The pandemic put us on hold overnight,” explains Roland Bleinroth, Managing Director of Messe Stuttgart, the long break. This was followed by more than two and a half years in which little was possible. “We have been ‘back in business’ since mid-2022, but we are missing the first half of the year in the balance sheet, as there was still a trade fair ban until the end of March 2022,” Bleinroth continues. The time was used to work on the contents of their own events Many guest organizers would also have done this. Accordingly, visitors can look forward to events that are more oriented than ever to the needs of the respective target group.
An example of this is the current CMT from the 14th to the 22nd. January. More and more people are using the holiday to consciously experience nature and at the same time actively relax, with trekking and cycling tours, diving adventures, golfing or hiking. And after the long dry spell with more or less severe travel restrictions, the anticipation of the travel year 2023 is particularly great. With more than 1,600 exhibitors from around 100 countries at the fully booked Stuttgart Holiday Fair, there is the right offer, plenty of inspiration and new ideas for every holiday wish. Just like in the huge caravanning area, which inspires all camping enthusiasts with around 1,200 recreational vehicles. Mongolia was also able to win an exciting partner country.
Financial year 2022 better than expected
Since April 2022, trade fairs have been allowed to take place again in Baden-Württemberg and thus at the Stuttgart location. More than 90 trade fairs and events were held last year at the Stuttgart exhibition center. “Actually, very large and significant trade fairs were on our agenda in the first quarter, which unfortunately had to be cancelled again due to corona. From an economic point of view, this was very painful for us,” notes Roland Bleinroth.
But there were also bright spots. The trade fairs, which were able to take place in 2022, mostly went much better than expected. “We were already able to see last autumn at both trade and public fairs how important it is for people to finally be able to meet in person again for professional exchange. We all missed that for far too long.” This became visible in the number of events. For example, the public fairs, such as the Stuttgart MesseHerbst and the COMIC CON Stuttgart, provided a total of almost 140,000 guests on the site on two consecutive weekends. Numbers almost like in pre-corona times. And it also looked very positive in the trade fair sector: for example, the AMB celebrated a strong comeback in a presence with over 64,000 visitors and the südback, trade fair for bakery and confectionery, welcomed over 35,000 visitors despite numerous challenges within the industry.
Messe Stuttgart, probably one of only a few trade fair companies in Germany, will be able to close the financial year 2022 again with a positive overall result significantly better than planned. Even if the shareholders, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the state capital Stuttgart had signaled their support early on, the Stuttgart Trade Fair came through the crisis years without redundancies and also without loans or shareholder subsidies. “For us, this is undoubtedly a great success, thanks in particular to our committed employees,” says Roland Bleinroth.
Audience highlights at Messe Stuttgart in 2023
In addition to CMT, other audience favorites will also be on the calendar in spring 2023. The RETRO CLASSICS, Fair for Driving Culture, from 23rd to 26th. February is of course part of it.
As the largest industry meeting in the German-speaking area, Invest will inform on the 17th and 18th. March 2023 Private investors and trade visitors on current investment topics and uncovers the latest trends in the financial world. In addition to a comprehensive exhibition, participants can expect a varied program with well-known industry giants and capital market experts in several lecture strands.
With the Stuttgart spring fairs, from the 13th to the 16th. April 2023 the large trade fair network will start again on sustainability topics, among others. These include the garden outdoor ambiente, the fair trade, the creative, the Arte Fusion, the BBQ Days, the Slow Food Fair – Market of Good Taste, the i-Mobility, the Future House, the Dance World and the Yoga World.
In autumn, the Stuttgart Trade Fair Autumn follows from the 23rd to the 26th. November with events such as the games fair, the creative, the family & home, the veggie & free of, the ANIMAL, the BRAWO and the minerals, fossils & jewelry. Almost two weeks later, COMIC CON Stuttgart follows (9th to 10th December) and becomes a mecca for all pop culture enthusiasts.
The entire site is occupied several times
Numerous trade fairs, above all the didacta (7th to 11th March) as the most important industry meeting place in terms of education, as well as large congresses in the ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart round off the event offer in 2023. Some trade fairs fill the entire site, such as the LogiMAT (25th to 27th April), international trade fair for intralogistics solutions and process management, Schweisstec (7th to 10th November), international trade fair for joining technology or Blechexpo (7th to 10th November), international trade fair for sheet metal processing.
New event areas: Energy industry and quantum technology
New products will also be launched for the first time in 2023: This includes the Volta-X (28th to 30th March), the new, international energy platform for products, services and solutions. At the three-day trade fair with conference, business, science and politics will discuss the requirements and solutions for the energy transition. In autumn, the trade fair and conference for quantum technologies, the Quantum Effects (10th to 11th October), its premiere. With the new format, Messe Stuttgart is creating a forum to bridge the gap between science, start-ups and business and to make innovative quantum technologies visible in Europe.
Information on the event calendar and many other trade fairs, events and congresses in 2023 can be found at www.messe-stuttgart.de
Renewable_energy_solution_solar_storage_wind_turbine_AdobeStock_308282218.jpeg: Volta-X shows one of the future topics that Messe Stuttgart has new in its program. The trade fair with congress presents solutions for the energy transition.
Photo credit: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH