OMICRON Variant Plays Havoc with International Spring Trade Show Dates

Status as of January 7, 2022.

One cannot help but get that 2020 deja vu feeling all over again, as the run of major international trade fairs and events are juggled in attempts to evade the persistent COVID virus. 

Uncertain travel, testing and quarantine requirements make it very difficult for all the stakeholders, exhibitors, educators, presenters, and attendees to firm up their travel plans.

Here is an up-to-date status summary of the international events:

Transitions Academy: Postponed
January 16-19 date is deferred – No replacement date as of yet announced.  

MIDO – Moved to April from February
MIDO has announced the delay of the venerable Milan Italian Eyewear show from February 12 to April 30.

MIDO indicates: “The decision to move the show was motivated by the will to ensure visitors and exhibitors the best business conditions, even in this global pandemic situation.  The new dates represent a profitable period for commercial activities still respecting the ongoing of other international eyewear fairs.”

The new date is, according to the organizers, a return to “its origins”.

Opti Munich: Still Set for May 2022.
In November 2021, opti Munich had already changed their dates from Jan 14-16 and is postponed until May 13-15.  No Change in status so far. 

Vision Expo East: New York March 31-April 3
Closer to home, the event that many Canadian stakeholders are gearing up for is still full-throttle forward. 

All systems are still a “go” for VEE. Reed Exhibition has advised Optik Magazine that there are “no plans to detour at this time.”

The Optik Events Calendar provides up to date information on trade show dates. Consult the OptikNow.ca website for the latest date changes. 


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