Easyfairs, which organises more than 200 fairs, events and exhibitions in 14 countries and operates 10 exhibition halls in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, has said it is to make its venues available to local and national authorities for the fight against Covid-19.
With exhibitions and trade fairs planned for the coming weeks suspended in most countries, many venue facilities are unoccupied.
Easyfairs has proposed to the Belgian, Dutch and Swedish authorities to make its halls available free of charge according to their needs.
The venues in question are Flanders Expo (Ghent), Antwerp Expo (Antwerp), Namur Expo (Namur) and Nekkerhall Brussels North (Mechelen) in Belgium, the halls of Hardenberg, Gorinchem and Venray in the Netherlands as well as Kistamässan (Stockholm), Malmömässan (Malmö) and Abymässan (Gothenburg) in Sweden.
Eric Everard, CEO and founder of Easyfairs, explains: “We are impressed and touched by the unconditional and widespread commitment of authorities and healthcare services around the world. For our part, it seemed obvious that we should be part of the collective effort to combat coronavirus and provide as much relief as possible to those directly affected by it.
“Our exhibition halls can accommodate temporary health centres, welcome and sorting areas for patients, storage areas for medical equipment, etc. The authorities that we have contacted have expressed their strong interest in this proposal, which they undoubtedly will implement if necessary.”