FINAL DECISION CONCERNING AQUA NOR WILL BE MADE ON MAY 18TH
Final decision concerning Aqua Nor will be made on May 18th. The final decision on whether this year’s Aqua Nor will be a hybrid (physical and digital) or a fully digital exhibition, will be made on May 18th.
The plan was to make a final decision on the implementation of the physical part of Aqua Nor 2021 sometime during the latter part of April. This was based on signals given by the Norwegian Government shortly after New Year, communicating that the initial plan for the reopening of Norway would be available before Easter.
Guidelines from the Norwegian Government by mid-May
Immediately after Easter, the Government presented its plan for the reopening of Norway. It was very broad, and gave no clear answers to whether or not trade fairs like Aqua Nor can be held at the end of August. The Government said that a more detailed and more comprehensive plan for the reopening and the implementation of exhibitions will be made available by the middle of May.
The decision will be made on May 18th
Pending the Government’s decision, the decision on the implementation of the physical part of Aqua Nor 2021 is postponed until May 18th. It is expected that the Government’s guidelines will be released at this time. At this time, it is also expected that there will be more information about how far the vaccination is likely to have progressed in Norway by August. Waiting gives the best possible basis from which to make an informed and correct decision, on whether it will be a hybrid (physical and digital) exhibition, or if it will be fully digital.
Hotel cancellation deadline postponed until May 20th
The original cancellation deadline for booked hotel rooms, without incurring additional costs, was May 1st. All partner hotels have extended this deadline to May 20th, pending the decision. All partner hotels and suppliers are showing a great deal of flexibility in the matter, greatly increasing the probability that Aqua Nor 2021 can be carried out as a hybrid exhibition.
What is absolutely certain is that there will be a digital part of the exhibition this year, which will be presented shortly.