Gerard Leeuwenburgh, Director International Exhibitions for VNU Exhibitions Europe writes:
The unfortunate situation at many airports in Europe as a consequence of the volcanic eruption in Iceland will have considerable impact on VIV Europe.
After careful consideration and balancing all interest involved, VNU came to the following conclusions:
- VIV Europe will take place as planned in Utrecht, the Netherlands on the dates 20 to 22 April.
A postponement of prolongation of the original dates will have even bigger impact. All arrangements by exhibitors, visitors and organisers have been made. It is impossible to change so many arrangements (stand construction, personnel, catering, promotion, travelling, hotel reservations, visa arrangements etc.) at such short notice.
Build-up hours on Monday 19 April will be prolonged for late arrivals.
- We are monitoring the situation on Schiphol Airport constantly and will inform all exhibitors and pre-registered visitors immediately once the airport is re-opened. Hopefully this will happen Saturday 17 April at 20:00 or Sunday 18 April at 06:00.
- We realise international visitor numbers can be affected by the airport closure and some exhibitors will arrive late or might not even be able to come. Please note we are frantically looking for measurements to minimise the damage for everybody concerned and will keep you updated on developments!
We all realise this situation could not be foreseen and would like to ask your understanding and co-operation. We are all in the same boat on this and must make the best out of this unfortunate situation.
As from Sunday morning, 09:00, we have a hotline installed to answer your questions: HOTLINE 1: +31-30-295 2898
HOTLINE 2: +31-30-295 2201