Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 travel updates

Fully-vaccinated visitors may face fewer restrictions

Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 travel updates for the visitors
Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 travel updates for the visitors

Restrictions on fully-vaccinated travelers to The Netherlands from designated ‘very high-risk countries’ will be lifted with effect from 22 September 2021, meaning that printers and sign-makers from these countries can travel to Fespa Global Print Expo and European Sign Expo 2021 in Amsterdam (12-15 October 2021) without fear of needing to quarantine on arrival.

Fespa visitors with EU Digital Covid certificate can attend the event freely

Travelers who have proof that they are fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine can now enter The Netherlands freely, with no mandatory quarantine period. The EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) or equivalent certification from non-EU countries can provide this proof.

The list of very high-risk countries currently includes the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, India, South Africa, Thailand, and much of Latin America, so this positive development is significant for many potential international visitors to the October 2021 event. Further information is available from The Netherlands government website at www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/checklist-entry/from-outside-the-eu 

Fespa CEO Neil Felton comments: “Travel to The Netherlands from most mainland Europe was already seamless for holders of the EU DCC. This lifting of mandatory quarantine for fully-vaccinated visitors from ‘very high-risk countries’ is important because it will give even more printers confidence to make firm plans to visit Fespa 2021.”

“We know that there’s a strong appetite from printers all over the world to get back to our live event, refresh their industry knowledge and see for themselves the hundreds of product innovations that will be seen in public for the first time at the show. There are now no practical travel barriers for most printers who want to be at Fespa 2021,” he added.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is continuously increasing its operations. An update of all destinations and frequencies can be found at www.schiphol.nl

Proof of double vaccination will also enable access to the RAI Exhibition Centre and the Fespa/European Sign Expo exhibition area. Other adjustments to social distancing measures accompanied the Dutch government’s announcement, and Fespa’s Covid arrangements will be updated accordingly. For up-to-date information, visit www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/show-information/covid-19-update.  


2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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