FIBO trade show October

FIBO starts as trade show in October – Private visitors will not have access.

FIBO has just announced that they are going to go ahead with their expo after it was postponed last February.

The industry’s biggest expo has been rescheduled to take place 1-3 October, 2020.

Many will see this as good news, but the downside to this is that the expo is only going to be opened to Trade Visitors only.

This means private visitors or the general public will not have access due to the threat of coronavirus.

Official Press Release

Great relief at FIBO: following the decision of the North Rhine-Westphalian government allowing trade shows to be held again from 30 May onwards, the course for realizing FIBO has also been set. This means that the world’s biggest trade show for fitness, wellness and health, which had been postponed at the end of February to the new date in October, can now be held as a trade show. Unfortunately, FIBO has to be closed to the public this year.

“The decision of the North Rhine-Westphalian state government has a signal effect, it creates planning security combined with the confidence to handle it responsibly and to guarantee high safety and hygiene standards,” says Hans-Joachim Erbel, CEO of FIBO organizer Reed Exhibitions. “Normality must first learn to walk again – the decision is a first big step.” With this in mind, it is understandable that trade fairs are only open to trade visitors for the time being. A good 80,000 trade visitors attended FIBO 2019.

FIBO without private visitors – only trade visitors will have access

“We know how painful this decision is for the FIBO community, especially for FIBO regulars,” says FIBO Director Silke Frank, “but please understand that our hands are tied and we cannot help it. Instead, virtual event formats with videos of the exhibitors, livestreams, interviews and workouts on demand will provide a complete overview of the industry highlights and ensure that FIBO@Home experiences “get under your skin”, as Silke Frank promises. All private visitor tickets already purchased remain valid for FIBO 2021 or can be returned for a refund”. (

Back to Business: Duration Thursday to Saturday

“After the lockdown of recent months, which has affected large parts of the industry existentially, the decision in favor of FIBO sends out a signal. In the sign of new orientation, FIBO will generate impulses for revitalization. Having considered this, the more important it is to launch a ‘special edition’ before the regular FIBO 2021,” says Silke Frank who, in many talks with customers and associations over the past few weeks, has experienced the great need and necessity for back-to-business initiatives.

The new set-up of FIBO is tailored around trade visitors having access. For that reason, FIBO 2020 will focus on topics, event formats and exhibition areas that are especially relevant for said trade visitors. Sunday will be cancelled as an event day. A total of 350 exhibitors are expected for FIBO in October.

FIBO 2020 Facts

FIBO will take place in October. In what form will FIBO be able to take place?

From 30 May onwards, trade shows will be allowed to take place in North Rhine-Westphalia again. This was announced by the state government at the beginning of May following the talks between the Chancellor and the Minister Presidents.

With this stipulation, the basis for trade fairs is created to continue the preparations for FIBO in October with the necessary planning security. Up to now, a general ban on major events was in force in Germany until at least August 31. Against this background, major events for the autumn had already been cancelled or postponed due to the lack of planning security and preparation time.

Accordingly, FIBO will be held in October exclusively as a trade show without private visitors. Private visitors will not have access to the exhibition grounds. This is why FIBO in October concentrates on topics, event formats and exhibition areas that are especially relevant for trade visitors. Sunday is not an event day in October.

Why do only trade visitors have access to FIBO in October and private visitors not?

We all wished that there would be a big reunion with the entire FIBO community in October after the relocation of FIBO. But unfortunately, this cannot happen. Because in the course of the lockdown, all major events have been banned. In the meantime, the state government has exempted trade fairs from this ban from 30 May onwards. This means that we can hold FIBO under strict conditions, but only in the form of a trade show to which only legitimate trade visitors have access. A painful decision, but unfortunately our hands are currently tied.

What happens now to private visitor tickets that have already been purchased?

There are two possibilities. The tickets remain valid for FIBO 2021 (08 to 11. April 2021) in Cologne. No further registration is required. The second possibility is to return tickets. The ticket price will then be refunded. The deadline for this is 31.05.2021. Please understand that the refund may take some time and will not be made overnight. Please use our refund form.

Can trade visitors cancel their ticket or use it for FIBO 2021 instead?

Yes, we also offer trade visitors both options. You can either cancel your ticket or use it for FIBO 2021 (08 to 11. April 2021). Please use the refund form for refunds.

What about already booked trips and hotel accommodation?

Please contact the respective tour operator and hotel directly.

Are there any possibilities to be there anyway?

Yes, we are working on developing a “FIBO@home”, which will bring FIBO home as a digital offer, even though we know that the real FIBO feeling can only be experienced live and up close. But with videos of the exhibitors, with live streams, interviews and workouts on demand, we are bringing some of this into your own four walls. We will keep you informed on a regular basis.

Who’s considered a trade visitor?

You’re considered a trade visitor if you work in the fitness, wellness or healthcare sector. You must be able to verify your occupation.