Norwegian Authorities temporarily bans trade fairs.
Last week the Norwegian Authorities implemented a change to the COVID-19 regulations that temporarily bans trade fairs. As a direct consequence, Norges Varemesse is forced to cancel the Oslo Design Fair August 2020. Please follow this link for more information on the Norwegian COVID-19 regulations: https://lovdata.no/dokument/SFE/forskrift/2020-03-27-470
– For the Oslo Design Fair team, the decision is truly hard to make. We know that many exhibitors and visitors are terribly disappointed, and we share their frustration. We had assumed that the Oslo Design Fair could be organized in August until the government changed the requirements for trade fairs, says Liv Kindem, Commercial Director, Norges Varemesse.
It’s about saving jobs
Large parts of the interior décor segments are struggling heavily as an result of the epidemic. The autumn and Christmas sales will determine the future for many stores. Norges Varemesse believes, as unemployment is still record high, that the Oslo Design Fair should have been considered a shopping center, and thus excluded from the COVID-19 regulations.
– Oslo Design Fair is an important meeting place for small and large companies throughout Norway. When many companies are threatened with layoffs, dismissals and bankruptcy, we believe Oslo Design Fair August 2020 could have played an important role in re-energising business for both exhibitors and visitors. We are confident that it would have been possible to conduct the Oslo Design Fair in a proper manner and take care of the health and safety of all our visitors, exhibitors. I do not hide the fact that we disagree with the government and that we have clearly stated exactly this. Now it’s all about helping our industry to save jobs, says Kindem.
To help the industry and help our exhibitors meet their customers, despite of the COVID-19 regulations, we have launched a new concept called Showrooms.
The Oslo Design Fair team will this autumn work on alternative solutions on organizing meetings between exhibitors and buyers. We aim to provide a platform for participants to discover the very latest trends and do business– rebuilding a sense of community between currently isolated individuals, companies and organizations.
Oslo Design Fair 2021
We plan to organize the Oslo Design Fair in January 2021 as normal.
If you as an exhibitor want further information, you can contact us at this email address: [email protected]