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KLAUS PLASCHKA, MD GHM
BETTINA REITER, DIRECTOR OF OPTI
KLAUS PLASCHKA, MD GHM BETTINA REITER, DIRECTOR OF OPTI
The present situation in Germany with rapidly increasing coronavirus infection rates and changes to government requirements at short notice, as well as 2G-plus regulations along with visitor restrictions has made it imperative for the organisers of opti to postpone the event which was scheduled for 14 to 16 January 2022.
With the conditions for a successful and relaxed opti in January 2022 having changed dramatically for the worse recently, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the international trade show for optics and design will now take place from 13 to 15 May 2022 (Friday to Sunday) at the Fairground Munich.
“It is currently impossible to predict whether the situation will ease again by January. 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,” said Klaus Plaschka, managing director of GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH.
In addition to the rapidly increasing infection rates and regulations, the exhibitors too have expressed their urgent wish to reschedule the fair. In the current scenario, it was not possible for service providers and employees of opti exhibitors – and also for opti visitors – to plan their participation for January 2022, despite the comprehensive hygiene and safety concepts adapted until the last moment to create the best possible conditions for a successful industry meeting. The unpredictability of the infection spread has also resulted in changes in the latest federal and state regulations, and the previously applicable government guidelines.
“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,” stated Bettina Reiter, director of opti. “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.”
While the dates of opti 2022 in Munich have been moved down, the show will have the same hall concept (four halls, C1 to C4) and the same infrastructure – including the well-known north-west and north entrances, the usual parking facilities and conference rooms.
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