Though many are hoping for a return to normalcy by the end of the summer, the company behind the InterTabac trade show isn’t taking any chances. The annual cigar and tobacco convention, which is normally held in Dortmund, Germany, has been postponed due to the risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The show was scheduled for September 18 to 20, but the organizers have decided to put the event on hold until they can come up with a better blueprint for a safer convention that takes into consideration the potential dangers of Covid-19.
“Even though there have been signs of relaxation in Germany in recent weeks regarding the Covid-19 pandemic,…we as organizers continue to pay particular attention to our responsibility to protect the health of everyone involved,” said Sabine Loos, managing director of Westfalenhallen Unternehmensgruppe GmbH, the parent company of Messe Dortmund GmbH, which puts on the yearly show. “As a result, working closely with our partner associations, we have decided to jointly develop a new concept for this autumn, and to present it in detail shortly,” Loos added.
There’s no word yet as to the new dates or what exactly the new safety measures will entail, but the press release did indicate that it would be some time in autumn, and emphasized that the decision was made in part by industry feedback and exhibitor surveys. “Given this feedback from the industry, holding InterTabac [in its] customary form was not something that could reasonably be expected of the organizer, Messe Dortmund, or of exhibitors, visitors or others involved in the fair,” the official release stated.
This postponement of InterTabac comes two weeks after the PCA canceled its annual cigar trade show.
This is a developing story. Check back with cigaraficioando.com for updates on the status of this year’s InterTabac trade show.