It has proven so close yet so far for Gemworld Munich 2020 and the Munich Show, both of which have been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic less than two weeks before they were due to commence.
The international jewellery events were slated to begin on 30 October, only 10 days from now, running until 1 November.
The jewellery, gemstone and “natural treasures” trading platforms would have graced the halls of the at the Messe München trade fair centre.
However, just like the rest of the jewellery event calendar, the show has been called off, with organiser Münchner Mineralientage Fachmesse GmbH making the announcement.
Managing director, Christoph Keilmann, commented: “The conditions were good. Together with Messe München, we developed an extensive hygiene concept and the feedback from exhibitors and visitors was positive throughout.”
The organiser reported, however, that a sharp decline in ticket sales was noted in the past week, caused by tightening coronavirus restrictions amid fears of a second wave.
Ticket sales in the online shop, which had been constant until last week, “collapsed abruptly”, according to a statement from Münchner Mineralientage Fachmesse GmbH.
“Under these circumstances,” Keilmann continued, “the risk for us as trade fair organisers has simply become too great. We would also like to protect all those involved from further costs. Therefore we decided to take this step with a heavy heart and cancelled the trade fair in time.“
All exhibitors and visitors who have already purchased tickets for the Munich Show 2020 will be reimbursed for their stand fees or ticket prices.
Christoph Keilmann has expressed his optimism for the next event, which is planned for 22 to 24 October 2021.