The Fira de Barcelona Gran Via will host its first Seafood Expo Global in April 2022, and not this year as originally planned.

Seafood Expo Global postponed until 2022

The first edition of Seafood Expo Global to take place in Barcelona has been pushed back due to Covid-19. The 28th edition of the world’s largest seafood expo was scheduled to take place in Spain from September 7-9, 2021, but will now be held from April 26-28, 2022, organiser Diversified Communications announced this afternoon.

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The 2022 edition of the event will take place at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via venue, which was set to host the event in April 2021 after a move from Brussels, until the pandemic forced its postponement to September.

“Keeping our customers’ best interest in mind is our top priority,” said Diversified Communications group vice president Liz Plizga said in a press release.

“After evaluation of suppliers and buyers’ concerns around the continued uncertainties caused by the ongoing Covid-19 situation worldwide, it became evident that 2021 would still be too soon to host an international event that would provide the global experience the seafood community would find valuable.”

Covid complexities

Plizga said the complexities of the various Covid-19 regulations and governmental restrictions around the world “make it impossible to hold a large-scale global event in September 2021”.

Diversified is looking forward to the next edition of Seafood Expo Global in 2022, Plizga said. The company is expecting around 29,000 visitors.

“We are committed to Barcelona,” Plizga said. “We will continue working with Fira de Barcelona and the city to ensure we can host a valuable in-person event that will bring back, at the Gran Via venue in 2022, the international representation that makes Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global the global seafood marketplace and the largest seafood trade event in the world.”

Online events

Diversified Communications event director Wynter Courmont said the US-based company will aim to provide events and other networking and business-related activities in the interim time before the 2022 event.

“Until the 2022 edition in Barcelona, we will be exploring online event opportunities to connect suppliers and buyers together and keep the seafood community informed on the latest topics in the industry,” she said.