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We are Real Estate becomes collateral victim of Coronavirus



The organisers of We Are Real Estate, The Fair Experts, have announced that this year’s show, due to be held at Brussels Expo on May 27 and 28, has been cancelled. This is not directly because of the Coronavirus outbreak and any restrictions on gatherings, but for a pragmatic business reason.

In a communiqué, the organisers (led by former Realty head Gregory Olszewski) point out that the Mipim show in Cannes, put back because of Coronavirus and the French government measures to counter this, has itself not been cancelled but postponed until June 2nd to 5th. They recognise that Mipim is an important property event for the Belgian real estate industry, and that holding their own show just a few days earlier would therefore not be a wise move. Unlike Mipim, the 2020 We Are Real Estate fair is not being postponed, but cancelled altogether (like many other worldwide events such as the Geneva Motor Show) and the next (in fact only the second) edition will now take place in May 2021.

The organisers also state that they have discussed this move with participants and other interested parties, and the reaction has mostly been appreciation of a brave and difficult decision, especially in terms of budgets.
Tim Harrup
09-03-2020
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