London Book Fair 2020 cancelled due to COVID 19 Coronavirus

Another Book Fair in Europe canceled due to Covid 19 Coronavirus

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View of the London Book Fair
London Book Fair at the Olympia. Photo Reed Exhibitions

At 1526 hours on 4 March 2020 we received a statement from Reed Exhibitions, organizers of the London Book Fair. The statement is reproduced below.

“Reed Exhibitions has today announced that The London Book Fair 2020,  scheduled to take place at Olympia, London, from 10 to 12 March will be canceled following the escalation of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Europe.

“The effects, actual and projected, of Coronavirus are becoming evident across all aspects of our lives here in the UK and across the world, with many of our participants facing travel restrictions. We have been following UK government guidelines and working with the rolling advice from the public health authorities and other organizations, and so it is with reluctance that we have taken the decision not to go ahead with this year’s event.

“We recognize that business has to continue. With this in mind, we will of course support and collaborate with exhibitors and visitors to keep our world moving during this difficult period. We thank all those from the UK and a multitude of other countries who have prepared over the last year to deliver what promised to be a wonderful book fair showcasing, as ever, the exciting best of the global book industry. The London Book Fair will return, better than ever, in 2021.”

 

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Better late than never! The Coronavirus is spreading faster than expected in our Monday analysis. It is, unfortunately, increasing in India also with the number of discovered cases rising to around 30 from only 3 on Monday.

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