Royal FloraHolland has announced the cancellation of this year’s Trade Fair Aalsmeer, the Netherland’s largest international trade show for floriculture and floristry. The event had been due to run from the 4th to the 6th November.
The organisers say they made the difficult decision ‘after carefully weighing the risks and following detailed consultation with exhibitors and visitors.
In a statement, Royal FloraHolland said: ‘As a large-scale event, the ongoing Corona crisis poses too great a health risk. These risks have also been discussed with the authorities. Safety always comes first. The proposed measures were also geared toward this. However, there is still major uncertainty about how the pandemic will progress internationally.
‘Moreover, international visitors may face travel restrictions at any time. A trade fair on a much smaller scale would not do justice to the unique concept of Trade Fair Aalsmeer. Therefore, the organisation is now going to focus on the 2021 event. Trade Fair Aalsmeer 2021 will take place between 3 and 5 November 2021. We will focus all of our efforts on making that a very special event.
‘We still need networks, inspiration, and the discovery of trends and innovations. Royal FloraHolland is working on a programme to facilitate that in a different, safe way.’
At the moment, the International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF), also due too be held during the first week of November will go ahead according to its organisers, although this may change when the latest Dutch Covid-19 precautions are announced.
Photo source: Trade Fair Aalsmeer