Greeting from the spoga+gafa team October 2021
Dear spoga+gafa customers,
In 2016, at the beginning of my, Stefan Lohrberg's, time with spoga+gafa, on moving into my new office, I inherited the five room plants found inside. I cannot maintain that these put me in a position, visually speaking, to win a prize for their beauty or elegance, either back then or today. They don't have to either. But on day one I decided that these five plants would accompany spoga+gafa on its way and were to personify the fact that as long as the plants were fine, so would the trade fair be. Today, good one and a half years after the start of the pandemic, I can say that the five plants are in a good and in some cases top state just like spoga+gafa.
The spoga+gafa team, all of Koelnmesse's teams as well as the international colleagues are delighted to see that the many trade fair projects are getting ready to start up again worldwide. The suppliers' and the trade's way back to the fair grounds of the world is forging ahead in big steps. The need to meet up again, see new offers, experience solutions for the future personally and align oneself together as industries for the opportunities and challenges of the next years is being reflected in the pulsating activities at all fair grounds.
And we here in Cologne are delighted about the huge response our trade fairs #kindundjugend and #IDS are receiving and thus about a successful start into our trade fair autumn! And not only us: The Cologne restauranteurs, hoteliers, taxi companies and service providers of all kinds are greeting the visitors from all over the world, who are travelling to our trade fairs.
Whilst the Koelnmesse team is now focusing completely on Anuga in October with over 4,000 registered exhibitors, FSB, Aquanale and our art trade fairs, international trade fairs have taken place in other parts of Europe, which marked the way back to the everyday routine for the garden industry: Whether #Maison et Objet in Paris, #Salone de Mobile in Milan or #Glee in Birmingham - visitors and exhibitors were able to enjoy innovations and emotions and at the same time finally push their business forward personally again. We were on board everywhere and have tanked a lot of positive energy for the preparations for #spoga+gafa 2022. Our impression: We have never experienced as much joyful anticipation for spoga+gafa, the industry highlight at the beginning of the summer 2022! The booking result is very good. The rebooking rate is almost 100%. New exhibitors, in some cases significantly extended floor space and the possibility to soon present new industry association events to you allows us to promise you a clearly more relevant spoga+gafa. The new date, in other words a trade fair that will always be staged in either mid or at the end of June, is having an impact.
The spoga+gafa team is looking forward to accompanying you on the way to spoga+gafa '22 over the coming months. Are you going to join us?
Best regards, stay healthy.
Your spoga+gafa team
Catja Caspary & Stefan Lohrberg