Due to the COVID situation, the traditional International Engineering Fair, held regularly since 1959 at the Brno Exhibition Centre in the Czech Republic, has been cancelled. The decision was taken by the Board of Directors of Veletrhy Brno (BVV Trade Fairs Brno), on the basis of a thorough consideration of all factors and risks associated with the organizing of the trade fair, including an evaluation of the current health rules for trade fairs and mass gathering events.
The announced rules for organizing the trade fairs by the Ministry of Health cannot be applied to MSV. These rules deny the logistics and character of a trade fair of a scale-like MSV. With these rules implemented, the show would no longer be a trade fair. Implementation of MSV under these conditions would mean harm of reputation and brand of an internationally important event.
MSV is, therefore, another victim of the COVID pandemic among other leading European trade fairs. Its postponement until year 2021 means an economic impact on the company's finances. Our company will end up with a record loss, as we are out-of-business due to COVID situation for several months. It is also very bad news for small and medium-sized companies, self-employed people and many others connected to trade fair business, including hotels, restaurants and the overall economy of the city and the region.
BVV Trade Fairs Brno expect to hold other planned trade fairs in the second half of 2020, which are of smaller scale and are less international than MSV. The first will be the STYL and KABO – B2B fashion contracting trade fairs, which meets the set current rules in terms of attendance. Congresses and corporate events can also take place at the exhibition centre. The Brno Exhibition Centre allows several separate events to take place in parallel at the same time.
We are a socially responsible company and human health is also our priority, therefore we will follow the rules accordingly.
We’re looking forward to meeting you at the International Engineering Fair in 2021.