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Two-thirds of Domotex sold

SoniaWedell CastellanoFlooring exhibition Domotex has sold about two-thirds of the show, and visitors face wearing face masks.

The 15- 18 January 2021 event has sold about 60,000sqm of space: about two thirds of the show.

‘We are particularly pleased about the positive trends in the sections devoted to Machine-made Woven Carpets and Fibers and Yarns, whereas in halls 11 and 12 – in the Carpeting and the Parquet, Wood & Laminate Flooring sections – we have room for a few more suppliers. Those areas are still subject to some uncertainty due to the coronavirus situation. Some companies are essentially still in waiting mode, and have not yet finalised their plans,’ says Sonia Wedell-Castellano Domotex global director.

Fortunately, we have a large, highly modern exhibition centre with numerous exits and entrances. We can thus position our exhibitors with enough space between them, making it possible to widen the aisles. The exhibitors themselves need to ensure that their stands comply with the stricter hygiene standards – similar to the rules everyone is familiar with for retail shops and cafes. This includes the maintenance of minimum distances and, if necessary, the wearing of mouth and nose protection. Exhibitors also need to record the visitors to their stands, so that these people can be contacted as necessary. We have a great deal of trust in our exhibitors and visitors and are committed to a responsible mode of cooperation. We hope that everyone is on board with this. After all, the safety and health of all parties is at stake.

‘We are introducing guidance systems to make it easier for visitors to maintain their distance from each other without slowing down foot traffic in the aisles. In addition, we will make sure there is good ventilation of the entrance gates, halls and conference rooms and frequent cleaning and disinfection. Otherwise, the same rules as everywhere else will apply: visitors need to maintain a distance of 1.5m and, as appropriate, wear mouth and nose protection. In addition, everyone will need to supply their personal details when registering, so that infection paths can be traced if there is a need to. Our catering will also comply with all the relevant legal requirements. And as is to be expected, we will be in close communication with the responsible health authorities and provide medical services at the exhibition centre around the clock.

‘By the way, we are delighted at all the positive feedback we have been getting from visitors and exhibitors – feedback that underscores the important role trade fairs play in general, and how much our clientele relies on Domotex as a place for gathering information, doing business and engaging in networking. This gives us added motivation as we work all-out to prepare for the Domotex, which we are sure will give the industry perfect opportunities for kicking their business back into high gear.’