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Statement to the current situation

 

The coronavirus crisis has totally paralyzed trade fairs, congresses and corporate events. Event organizers and owners of exhibition grounds, congress centers and other venues are counting hundreds of millions in losses. BVV Trade Fairs Brno and the Brno Exhibition Grounds faced big challenges in the past, but 2020 will be the worst year in history.

The trade fair and event industry employs hundreds of small and medium-sized companies in Prague and Brno. In Brno alone, more than 1,500 jobs are linked to trade fair business. The modernized exhibition center in Brno is one of the most popular European exhibition venues. It represents an important trade fair infrastructure, not only from the point of view of the city of Brno and the South Moravian Region, but also the whole of the Czech Republic.

Although we are not allowed to organize trade fairs and other events, the costs for employees and maintaining the exhibition grounds amount to millions of crowns a month. We are an economically healthy company, but we cannot endure a bad crisis indefinitely.

Trade fairs are a unique communication tool needed for the development of the economy and trade. The preparation of each event takes many months and sometimes years. It was not our fault that the preparation of the International Engineering Fair, the most important trade fair event in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, was disrupted. However, we shall decide on its feasibility based on the view presented by the exhibitors in a survey, while the government conditions under which trade fairs can be organized, have to be considered.

We are waiting for clear rules and conditions issued by the Ministry of Health for holding trade fairs. The rules announced so far give a chance to hold smaller trade fairs, congresses and other events, but the implementation in case of larger B2B trade fairs is not clear. From our show portfolio the STYL and KABO contracting fashion fairs, the URBIS SMART CITY FAIR congress with an exhibition or congress and company events for up to 1,000 people are feasible. We will decide on the International Engineering Fair no later than June 26, after careful evaluation of all factors.

We are a socially responsible company and human health is also our priority, therefore we will follow the rules and decide accordingly.

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