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ISE 2022 postponement “the best course of action” says Mike Blackman

Integrated Systems Events managing director working towards "smooth transition" to the new dates, after this year's event at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, originally scheduled for February 1-4, was pushed back to May 10-13 following consultations with exhibitors and attendees

ISE 2022’s postponement until May was “the best course of action”, following consultations with the ISE exhibitor and visitor community and stakeholders. Integrated Systems Events confirmed on January 11 that, “in the light of the increasing impact of the Omicron variant in Spain”, it had decided to postpone ISE 2022, scheduled for February 1-4, until May 10-13 2022 at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía.

“We’ve been closely monitoring the conditions in Europe and have been working hard on your behalf to balance health and safety concerns with the need for commerce and in-person interaction,” explained Blackman. “It’s been a challenging time for so many over the past two years, and whilst we cannot wait to meet up with everyone at ISE 2022, listening to our exhibitors, owners and stakeholders, we have agreed the best course of action is to postpone the show edition for three months,” said Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events.

“By moving the event to the spring, it provides time for our community to rebalance and for confidence in international travel and meetings to resume. We will be working closely with all our exhibitors and stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition to the new dates. We look forward to hosting the global AV community at ISE 2022 in May in our new home in Barcelona.”

David Labuskes, CEO, AVIXA added, “While balancing the commitment to both commerce and gathering has been difficult in these uncertain times, we believe the postponement of the ISE show until May does just that. Our community hungers for the opportunity to reconvene in 2022. This schedule makes that all the more possible for all of us.  Beginning with ISE, we are looking forward to the summer of AV where we will have the opportunity to come together at InfoComm in June and InfoComm Beijing in July – it could not be a better way to gather and reinforce the opportunities and success for our industry.”

“We want to ensure ISE 2022 will be a great success for visitors and exhibitors alike as it has been for nearly two decades, and that starts with bringing together as much of our community as possible,” said CEDIA’s new CEO, Daryl Friedman. “We know the entire home technology industry is enthusiastic about coming together in-person, and we are confident this move to May will ensure the most vibrant return for all participants. We cannot wait to connect with all of you in Barcelona this spring.”

The postponement announcement came just three weeks to the day before the original show was due to open on Feb 1, with much of Europe experiencing rapidly increasing cases of the Omicron variant. The revised May 10-13 dates sit in between NAB in April and June’s InfoComm show, both in Las Vegas, and also clash with a number of regional shows, including PLASA Leeds.