“Our high level of international participation, increasing travel restrictions, and rising number of Covid-19 variant cases has led to a significant deterioration in the general conditions for holding the in-person shows,” Messe Frankfurt Inc notes.
Jennifer Bacon, show director, fashion and apparel, adds: “Our primary concern is always the responsibility we feel towards our exhibitors, partners, attendees, and staff. While this is disappointing for all involved, we hope there is a level of understanding that this was a necessary step to help keep each other safe in these unprecedented times.”
The Virtual Platform will open with similar features found on the trade show floor, with Messe Frankfurt noting attendees will be able to take advantage of the AI-powered matchmaking capabilities of recommended textile suppliers, and video meetings. In addition, the educational programme scheduled for January’s in-person show will also continue virtually, with dates and times remaining unchanged.
The Texworld and Apparel Sourcing New York City team remains hopeful and focused on delivering a successful summer 2022 edition with plans to take place in person on 19-21 July in New York City.
“Despite this unfortunate obstacle, we want the industry to know that we are fully committed to serving and supporting the community that we love. We intend to continue to create abundant opportunities to support the textile and apparel community as well as serve as a place for inspiration for designers, buyers, and industry professionals. Until we meet again,” Messe Frankfurt says.