InterTabac and InterSupply: Corona pandemic forces change of format in 2020

 Media Information 45/2020 28 May 2020 

InterTabac and InterSupply: Corona pandemic 

forces change of format in 2020 

Both upcoming fairs to be postponed until 16 to 18 September 2021 

The InterTabac and InterSupply trade fairs planned for 18 to 20 September 2020 will not be held in their customary formats this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken by agreement between the organiser, Messe Dortmund GmbH, and the partner associations representing the tobacco industry, tobacco product wholesalers and retailers. The parties involved have agreed to work on an alternative format to take place in autumn/fall 2020 leveraging the strengths of the world’s largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories and of the concurrent international trade fair focussing on the manufacturing process for tobacco products, e-cigarettes, pipes and shishas. Further details will be presented shortly. 

Dortmund (ll) – InterTabac, the world’s largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories, which is held annually, and InterSupply, the international trade fair held in parallel, focussing on the manufacturing process for tobacco products, e-cigarettes, pipes and shishas, have been integral features of the tobacco industry calendar for decades. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is now preventing the two fairs from being held in their customary form this year. This is the result of an agreement reached in recent days between the organiser, Messe Dortmund GmbH, and the representative partner associations. 

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The key driver behind the decision has been the ongoing situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated potential health impact on exhibitors and visitors. Global travel restrictions, which are having sustained consequences on the planning and staging of international trade fairs such as InterTabac and InterSupply, have also been a contributory factor. “Even though there have been signs of relaxation in Germany in recent weeks regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and local authorities have again made it possible to hold trade fairs with limited attendance while observing appropriate hygiene measures, we as organisers continue to pay particular attention to our responsibility to protect the health of everyone involved”, explained Sabine Loos, Managing Director of – 2 – 

Westfalenhallen Unternehmensgruppe GmbH, the parent company of organiser Messe Dortmund GmbH. “As a result, working closely with our partner associations, we have decided to jointly develop a new concept for this autumn, and to present it in detail shortly.” 

Progress of pandemic situation across the world is fast-moving and cannot currently be predicted. It would therefore be unreasonable to hold international trade fairs such as InterTabac and InterSupply in their present form this year: “Our special responsibility and duty of care for the health of the several hundred exhibitors and thousands of visitors from 47 countries whom we welcome to Dortmund each year are things we take very seriously indeed. We therefore want to offer a new format this year that takes account of necessary developments such as the travel restrictions that continue to apply,” she continued. Steffen Kahnt, Managing Director of BTWE, the tobacco retailers’ association, added, “The Corona pandemic continues to present us with special challenges, especially with regard to interaction across the entire industry. InterTabac and InterSupply have always been the ideal platforms here because face-to-face contact between individuals continues to be the measure of all things,” he continued. “It is therefore good news that specialist retailers are to be given a new platform in the near future which will help keep this interaction going with the aid of new, fresh ideas even under these challenging conditions. We are pleased to be able to contribute as an association, and develop a new format together.” 

An exhibitor survey conducted in recent days shows that this idea strikes a perfect chord with everyone involved. The survey showed that the majority of participants did not consider it appropriate to hold InterTabac and InterSupply in its current form in September due to the restrained willingness of international visitors to travel. Given this feedback from the industry, holding InterTabac and InterSupply in their customary form was not something that could reasonably be expected of the organiser, Messe Dortmund, or of exhibitors, visitors or others involved in the fairs. For this reason, the decision has been taken to stage the new format in autumn/fall 2020. 

“Looking to the future, the dialogue with industry representatives has also resulted in changing the Friday-to-Sunday sequence to a Thursday-to-Saturday sequence once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed”, explained Sabine Loos. “As we see it, this meets the – 3 – 

needs of international exhibitors and visitors spot-on.” By the way: the next regular formats of InterTabac and InterSupply are postponed until 16 to18 September 2021 – once again, of course, at Messe Dortmund. 

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 Key details of the trade fairs at a glance 

Names: InterTabac, the world’s largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories, and InterSupply, the trade fair for the production of tobacco products (Hall 3). 

Date: 2020: to be announced shortly 

2021: 16 to 18 September 

Event organiser: Messe Dortmund GmbH 


InterTabac: Tobacco product wholesalers, and specialist and general retailers from across the whole of Germany. People involved in the tobacco industry worldwide. Admission only for trade visitors aged 18 and over. 

InterSupply: Managers and specialists in the purchasing, production, product development, research & development, quality and management accounting disciplines. 

Key subject areas: 

InterTabac: Cigars, cigarillos, pipes and smoking accessories, cigarette and pipe tobacco, cigarettes, reeds, next generation products, hookahs and shisha tobacco. 

InterSupply: Raw tobacco and raw materials, flavourings, additives and essences, cigarette paper, machines for automated production of tobacco products, shishas and e-cigarettes, packaging, packaging machinery, production equipment, and software 

Admission: InterTabac and InterSupply can be visited using the same ticket. 

Media contact: 

Westfalenhallen Unternehmensgruppe GmbH 

Li Listmann 

Senior Manager, 

Marketing & Sales 

Tel.: +49 231 1204-421 


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