The organisers of German trade fair Opti have announced a rescheduling of its 2022 show from January to May.
The reasons for the last-minute move have been cited as “uncontrolled rapidly increasing infection rates in the coronavirus pandemic”, and changes to government regulations – including new visitor restrictions – introduced over the past few days.
“It is currently impossible to predict whether the situation will ease again by January,” explained Klaus Plaschka, managing director of show organiser GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen. “Our primary goal was and remains to organise an Opti 2022, which promises success for all participants. In this increasingly acute situation, we can no longer guarantee this for the planned time slot of the event.”
Bettina Reiter, director of Opti, expressed: “Just like we were, the exhibitors and opticians alike were looking forward to seeing each other again. Especially in these difficult times, Opti remains an efficient marketing platform. Our aim is to reliably enable the exhibiting companies and opticians to achieve economic success – we want to offer the trade show public a great product experience.
“Until recently, this was possible under the previously applicable conditions. However, all the underlying new facts and developments, taken together, make postponing Opti the only sensible course of action. As the trade show organisers, I am sure that the exhibitors and visitors will understand this difficult decision. And all the more, we look forward to seeing everyone again in May,” Bettina concluded.
Opti 2022 will be held from 13 to 15 May 2022 in Munich, with the same hall concept (four halls, C1 to C4) and the same infrastructure.