Easyfairs, the company behind major events including ADF&PCD and PLD Paris, is to make its venues available to authorities free of charge during the Covid-19 pandemic.
With exhibitions and events cancelled or postponed in many countries, Easyfairs' venues are sitting empty, including Flanders Expo (Ghent, Belgium), Antwerp Expo (Antwerp, Belgium), Namur Expo (Namur, Belgium), Nekkerhall (Brussels, Belgium), Mechelen (Belgium) and the halls of Hardenberg, Gorinchem and Venray in the Netherlands. Several venues in Sweden are also being offered for use, including Kistamässan in Stockholm, Malmömässan in Malmö and Abymässan.
Eric Everard, CEO and founder of Easyfairs, said: "We are impressed and touched by the unconditional and widespread commitment of authorities and healthcare services around the world.
"For our part, it seemed obvious that we should be part of the collective effort to combat coronavirus and provide as much relief as possible to those directly affected by it.
"Our exhibition halls can accommodate temporary health centres, welcome and sorting areas for patients, storage areas for medical equipment, etc. The authorities that we have contacted expressed their strong interest in this proposal, which they undoubtedly will implement if necessary."