F or the reopening SNIEC s management created a wide ranging set of safety rules in cooperation with the govern ment The safety protocols were de veloped over a period of four to five months explains Michael Kruppe They are analysed daily says the general manag er of Shanghai New International Expo Cen tre This enables us to integrate possible im provements he adds highlighting the most important points At the entrance attendees need to keep a distance of 1 5 metres First they undergo temperature and x ray screen ing in specially created infrared units Those with a temperature of over 37 4 degrees are isolated and immediately accommodated in tents set up for this purpose emphasises Kruppe There they are looked after and then taken to special hospitals Those who are not isolated can pass through the entrance After an optional hand disinfection the actual entrance control takes place via facial recognition cameras for identity and registration checks and more temperature screening Only then can atten dees access the halls Michael Kruppe points out that everybody is required to wear a face mask We have six to eight employees per hall just to make sure that visitors and ex hibitors are wearing masks points out the SNIEC boss I ve been to every fair since the reopening he adds observing that around 99 per cent of the people actually keep their masks on The remaining one per cent are kindly asked to follow suit I haven t seen a single person who refused or claimed we were violating their personal liberty says Kruppe For him this is one of the main reasons why we in China are so far ahead of the rest of the world in fighting the pandem ic and not only in the trade fair sector Thanks to its functioning safety concept SNIEC has succeeded in gaining the trust of visitors and exhibitors This is the only way to revive the exhibition industry From Semi con in June until the end of September 43 trade fairs have taken place here recaps Michael Kruppe By the end of the year we will have hosted 88 events welcoming over three million visitors On average the atten dance figure for these shows was 15 to 20 per cent lower than in 2019 The proportion of overseas visitors and exhibitors who are not represented by a Chinese branch has fallen sharply However this is often compensated for by local companies and visitors The de cline we talked about is due to a combination of fewer overseas attendees and a slight skep ticism that still prevails among some potential exhibitors and visitors believes Kruppe In general however fears are on the wane Anyone travelling through China these days will find that the planes and trains are almost full again If nothing serious hap pens the general manager is convinced that exhibitor and visitor figures will gradually pick up again in 2021 I then expect them to be around minus ten per cent forecasts Michael Kruppe And if the infection rate re mains low an almost full recovery would even be in the cards he says with cautious optimism www sniec net PB 37TradeFairs Internation al 3 4 2020 INTERNATIONAL CHINA Masks a must Since late June Shanghai New International Expo Centre SNIEC has been hosting trade fairs again Trust is the reason why this move met with a positive response Bei Messen im Shanghaier SNIEC wird darauf geach tet dass Besucher und Aussteller ihre Masken aufhaben At fairs in Shanghai s SNIEC staff make sure that visitors and exhibitors are wearing masks Ph ot o T ru st In fo rm a M ar ke ts

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