Quoting rising COVID-19 infection rates and travel restrictions imposed all over the world, the Nuremberg Fair decided to cancel the 2021 edition of IWA OutdoorClassics, just like it did in March with the 2020 edition
Both the 2020 edition of IWA OutdoorClassics and the 2021 edition of the SHOT Show fell victim to the Coronavirus pandemic, but the situation doesn't seem to be prone to improvement for the near future – at least not for the firearms industry trade shows: today, November 24th 2020, the NürnbergMesse announced the cancellation of IWA OutdoorClassics 2021, originally slated to take place in March next year.
Following input from important industry players all around the world, the show organizers concluded that rising infection rates and various quarantine rules and travel restrictions imposed all around the world are simply making it impossible for exhibitors and visitors to make any firm plans. The decision was thus taken to cancel the 2021 edition way ahead of time, scheduling the next one to take place on 3–6 March 2022, thus running from a Thursday to Sunday.
« Over recent weeks we have received a lot of support and understanding from within the sector. The discussions we have had with our exhibitors have clearly shown that the IWA continues to be an essential part of the B2B community,» says Petra Wolf, from the NürnbergMesse Management Board.
« Despite the challenging situation, more than 1,000 exhibitors had registered for the trade fair. It is therefore with even greater regret that we must now postpone this event till 2022. This commitment by exhibitors and their willingness to participate in the fair reinforce our conviction that the IWA still plays a significant role,» Wolf continues.
“Road to IWA 2022” in the pipeline
The IWA team is currently working on an interim programme. The kick-off event for the series of online and physical events and formats called “Road to IWA 2022” will take place on 12 March 2021, the first day of the planned IWA 2021. The selected date corresponds to the IWA Friday.
« We want to offer the sector the opportunity to stay in contact during these turbulent times. We are therefore working hard to develop concepts to allow us to bridge the gap until the next face-to-face gathering. We will miss the direct contact, that much is certain. It is therefore even more important to stick together as a sector and support one another,» explains Rebecca Schönfelder, Exhibition Director IWA OutdoorClassics.