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No backpacks – eager anticipation: tips for a safe visit to the fair

Frankfurt, 6 October 2017 – Security is the highest priority at the Frankfurter Buchmesse (11-15 October 2017). This year, the Exhibition Management will once again do everything possible to ensure that exhibitors can participate in the fair successfully and safely. With a little preparation, trade visitors and visitors from Germany and abroad can look forward to a smooth and safe visit to the fair.

To guarantee security at the largest international book fair, the Frankfurter Buchmesse team works together closely with various partners: the Frankfurt police, Messe Frankfurt and a private security company, as well as the city’s fire brigade and emergency services. The security measures are tailored to the prevailing conditions at any given time.

Together with its partners, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has developed a safety plan for the days leading up to and after the fair, as well as for during the fair itself. Vehicle inspections will be carried out in the days prior to and throughout the entire week of the fair.

Visitors should be prepared for bag searches at all of the entrances to the exhibition grounds: “We recommend leaving backpacks and trolley suitcases at home since they can lead to longer waiting times at the entrances”, says Gabi Rauch-Kneer, Vice President Exhibition Management at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. “Please allow sufficient time to arrive at the fair in the morning since bottlenecks may occur at the entrances”. Pocket knives, weapons, and chemical irritant sprays must be left at home.

In addition, uniformed police officers and security staff will be on duty in all of the halls of the fair during opening hours.

Located centrally on the exhibition grounds is the Operation and Security Centre, where representatives of the police, Messe Frankfurt, the security company, fire brigade and emergency services also monitor the fair with video cameras, working in close cooperation with the personnel in the halls and on the fairgrounds, as well as with the Exhibition Management office of course.

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About the Frankfurter Buchmesse
The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,150 exhibitors from 106 countries, around 278,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists of which 2,400 are bloggers – in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. Founded in 2016, THE ARTS+ is a business festival for creatives, investors, publishers, museums, tech companies, that takes place at Frankfurter Buchmesse. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.

Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-138,
Kathrin Grün, Head of Press & Communications, Tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170,
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