In view of the easing of pandemic restriction policies in China, the textile fairs co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK); the Spring Editions of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, Yarn Expo and Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles have been moved to the new dates of 28–30 March 2023. This will allow both local and international fairgoers more time to prepare for their participation, with a higher industry turnout now expected at the three fairs. The fairs originally planned to be held from 8–10 March, will still be located at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai.
The Chinese government recently eased its pandemic guidelines including reopening the border and scrapping quarantine, testing on arrival, and health code requirements for travellers starting from January 8. In line with these measures, more international flights are resuming, while the border between Mainland China and Hong Kong is scheduled to reopen gradually by mid-January 2023. These steps send a clear signal that China is ready to open up for international business.
Exhibitor and visitor expectations for textile fairs strengthened
Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd Deputy General Manager Wilmet Shea, in the statement regarding the change of dates, said that after talking to their stakeholders, they believe adjusting the spring show dates to the end of March is the right move. Shea explained that it provides enough time for exhibitors and visitors from local and abroad to plan for the fairs and capitalise on the ample international business opportunities brought by the reopening of China’s border and continued as follows:
“I would like to express our thanks to all participants for their unwavering understanding and support. We are looking forward to providing the textile industry with a safe, international and effective business platform. With the reopening of the border and relaxing of quarantine restrictions we expect the three spring fairs to attract more international and regional participants as a result.”
Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Textile Information Centre. The co-organisers of Yarn Expo are Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT. Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles is co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Home Textile Association (CHTA). Messe Frankfurt’s China textile fairs form a part of the company’s Texpertise Network, which consists of some 50 fairs around the world.