Thousands of people have left their homeland, Ukraine, in search of protection and refuge. The exhibition industry with its halls and infrastructure is preparing to provide initial accommodation for refugees at many sites.
Uwe Behm, member of the board of management of Messe Frankfurt responsible for the exhibition grounds, explains how that works: "We have quickly and unbureaucratically set up emergency accommodation on our exhibition grounds in Hall 1, as immediate assistance is required. This has become a first point of contact or intermediate station to provide people who have had to flee Ukraine with everything they need until they can be placed in longer-term accommodation."
"We have a great desire to help people fleeing from Ukraine, to offer them protection and refuge in their distress ", says Dr. Jochen Köckler, chairman of the managing board, Deutsche Messe AG. Martin Buhl-Wagner, managing director (spokesperson) of Leipziger Messe Group of Companies concurs: "Solidarity and active help are what is needed now. We would like to contribute to ensuring the necessary help for initial accommodation and care of the refugees. As a globally open, internationally operating company, we not only consider that our duty, it is also our conviction."
„We are deeply moved by the plight of the refugees.“
Wolfram N. Diener, president and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, emphasises the great willingness of the exhibition sector to help: "On the day of construction, a large number of colleagues spontaneously lent a hand to make the accommodation possible as quickly as possible. Because we are moved by the fate of the people. And because we are deeply moved by the plight of the refugees. Receiving and accommodating them is a matter of course for us."