|VNU announces new dates for the Asian shows, as vaccination plans and Covid situation are clearer in the region.
Although vaccination programs are speeding up in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other ASEAN countries, travel restrictions continue and the timeline to reopen the countries looks longer than expected. The control of the pandemic has also met extra challenges in the recent months with further delays in the overall Asian region recovery plan.
VIV Asia postponed to March 8-10, 2023, in co-location with Meat Pro Asia
The organizers VNU Asia Pacific and VNU Europe have announced that VIV Asia is taking place on March 8-10, 2023, instead of January 2022. The IMPACT Challenger 1-3 Halls, in Bangkok, Thailand is the confirmed venue for the coming edition of this leading event. The co-location of VIV Asia with the first edition of Meat Pro Asia is also confirmed on March 8-10, 2023 by Meat Pro Asia organizers Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. and VNU Asia Pacific.
“Looking at the recent official statistics regarding the overall vaccination program in Thailand and surrounding countries, we foresee that the Covid situation will not improve fast enough to clear travel restrictions and allow such an international show as VIV Asia, with more than 65% of visitors coming from outside Thailand, to welcome the expected high number of Feed to Food professionals in the beginning of 2022” said Heiko M. Stutzinger, Director VIV worldwide and Managing Director VNU Asia Pacific and VNU Europe.
VIV Asia is thus officially returning to the traditional March cycle in the odd years, after Covid pandemic disruption. The organizers trust that this decision will bring a clear and final direction for all stakeholders’ future business planning. VIV Asia is coming back as the #1 leading international event for the livestock, animal proteins, feed to food industry with global and regional players and industry professionals finally gathering in 2023 in the exciting city of Bangkok from the entire Asian continent. Exhibitors and visitors will also enjoy by then the complete BTS Skytrain extension from city centre directly to the venue.
In addition Health & Nutrition Asia in co-location with VICTAM Asia are also rescheduled to new dates on September 7-9, 2022, instead of January 2022. The new venue is IMPACT Halls 9-10, in Bangkok, Thailand.
While preparation for the next physical shows will start shortly, the V-Connect Asia Edition digital event from 22-24 September 2021 is confirmed to bring very soon important and concrete business opportunities. V-Connect is the web-based, smartphone-supported online platform to meet, learn and make deals during current travel limitations. VIV worldwide organizers strongly recommend the industry to take advantage of this unparalleled business chance now. Registrations for V-Connect Asia Edition are open on www.v-connect.net and the extensive high-end Conference Program is also available.
ILDEX Exhibitions rescheduled to the second half of 2022
ILDEX organizers have to reschedule ILDEX Vietnam from its original date on March 2022 to August 3-5, 2022 at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City.
With a population of 98 million, Vietnam has administered 5.3 million vaccine doses as per July. According to the statement of the Health Ministry, Vietnam plans to vaccinate 50% of the population age 18+ by the end of 2021 and set a goal of 70% of its population to be vaccinated by March 2022. By postponing the event to 2nd half of next year, we anticipate cross-border travel will be gradually back to normal and the event is set at an ideal time to meet the market’s demand after a long downturn.
ILDEX Indonesia and Aquatica Asia are also rescheduled to 9-11 November 2022 at Hall 3-3A, Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), Jakarta. Daily Covid cases remain at high levels in Indonesia and a partial lockdown has been implemented by the local authority. Besides, according to the ASPERAPI (Indonesia Exhibition Companies Association), there is no official statement on the reopening of physical exhibitions this year. Therefore, by postponing the event to Q4, 2022, we anticipate widespread mass vaccination can be expected in Indonesia. In the meanwhile, following the Vietnam Edition and Asia Edition, VNU Asia Pacific is delighted to confirm that the digital version of the show V-Connect Indonesia Edition is still scheduled to take place from 24-25 November 2021. Soon available on www.v-connect.net.