Add the annual InterTabac trade show to the growing list of trade shows to be cancelled this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hosted by Messe Dortmund, the 2020 InterTabac trade show and exposition was to be held in Dortmund, Germany, from Sept. 18-20. InterTabac is the world’s largest tobacco trade show and encompasses all segments of the tobacco industry. Previously, the Tobacconists’ Association of America cancelled its convention, which was to be held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, from March 22-26; and earlier this month, the Premium Cigar Association cancelled the 2020 PCA trade show and convention, which was to be held in Las Vegas from July 10-14.
News of the cancellation comes just two weeks after Messe Dortmund confirmed plans to hold the trade show. After making that announcement, Messe Dortmund surveyed exhibitors about their willingness to participate in the trade show—many of them expressed worries and hesitation about coming to InterTabac because of health concerns and global travel restrictions. Armed with this information, Messe Dortmund made the decision to cancel the 2020 InterTabac trade show.