In light of the present situation and the latest measures ordered by the authorities, Fira de Barcelona is rescheduling its calendar for upcoming events at its installations in order to maintain the activities initially programmed for this year and to hold them under the best possible conditions in more favourable circumstances.
The B-Travel fair, which focuses on experience tourism, was planned to take place in the week of 27 to 29 March, but has been postponed to 19 to 21 June at the Montjuïc site, a decision that is supported by the sector. This event attracts more than 200 exhibitors, including all the Autonomous Communities and delegations from over 40 countries and regions, travel agents and transport companies, among others.
The Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, which was to be held from 20 to 26 April, will now take place between 8 and 14 August at the Montjuïc site. The leading fair for bridal fashion will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the participation of all the biggest names, as before, and young designers from Spain and around the world.
Retail & Brand Experience World Congress, an event specialised in the transformation of trade and the new role that brands play, was originally planned to be held from 12 to 14 May, but will now take place at the Gran Via site between 17 and 19 November, running parallel with the Smart City Expo World Congress and Smart Mobility, which deal with mobility, smart cities and urban life.
The first edition of the new fair BforPlanet, which focuses on the application of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the economy and business sectors, is changing from its original dates, from 26 to 28 May, to 22 and 23 September at the Montjuïc site. For its part, the fair specialised in entrepreneurs and SMEs, Bizbarcelona, which was initially programmed for May 27 and 28 has been set back to July 8 and 9.
As regards the trade fairs of Expoquimia, Eurosurfas and Equiplast, dealing with the chemical industry, surface treatments and plastics, their original dates of 2 to 6 June 2020 at the Gran Via site have also been changed, and following discussions with the leading representatives for each of these industrial sectors, they will now be held from 1 to 5 December
Similarly, as already mentioned elsewhere, the education fair Saló de l’Ensenyament, which was due to take place from 18 to 22 of this month of March will now be held on dates yet to be agreed with the Department of Education and the Secretary of State for Universities of the Department of Business and Knowledge. The Futura event, the Youth Employment Fair (organized by Barcelona City Council) and the Business Simulation Fair, which both form part of Training and Work Week, in which more than 270 universities and training centres present their new courses for the 2020-2021 academic year, have also been postponed.
In accordance with the decision taken some weeks ago to move the Alimentaria and Hostelco trade fairs from April to September, Fira de Barcelona has postponed and rearranged its fairs to cope with the current situation and with the expectation of being able to hold events of such great importance to their respective sectors at a later date and under more favourable circumstances, thereby ensuring the highest level of activity and generating opportunities for exhibitors and visitors.
Fira de Barcelona expresses its collaboration and support for the hard work and dedication of all health workers and professionals from other essential sectors and public services in the current crisis, and is working to prepare the best possible events by following closely the situation provoked by COVID-19 and acting in accordance with the instructions of the authorities.