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CORDER’S COLUMN: Baselworld is stumbling towards a cliff edge

If the show does not offer full refunds on deposits for this year's exhibition, it will not survive into 2021.

“Baselworld is in survival mode,” says its managing director

Michel Loris-Melikoff says exhibitors and the show's owners face a common challenge and need to work towards a shared goal.

Rolex chief warns Baselworld’s approach will kill the show

Hubert du Plessix, president of Baselworld exhibitors' committee, fears that without change, "this will be the end, pure and simple, of Baselworld".

CORDER’S COLUMN: Basel hotels could drive trade fair out of the...

Hoteliers appear to be unaware that their gravy train has already hit the buffers.

Basel’s premier hotel refuses refunds for bookings during canceled fair

Les Trois Rois is telling guests that free cancellation is not possible and it is charging to move bookings to 2021.

Pop Up Watch Show joins Geneva Watch Days in taking the...

Events will run 10am-9pm every day, and will include WatchApero, a meeting for watch aficionados held by journalist Joel Grandjean on the opening night.

CORDER’S COLUMN: Which way now for Swiss watch fairs?

Well before Coronavirus struck, the sad reality is that most changes to Baselworld and Watches & Wonders Geneva in the past two years have made a difficult situation worse.

BREAKING NEWS: Baselworld 2020 called off due to Coronavirus

World's biggest watch fair floored by Coronavirus, but it will be back in 2021 in a perfect date slot at the end of January.

Switzerland bans events involving more than 1000 people

Federal Council announces immediate ban in response to the spread of Coronavirus.

EXCLUSIVE WATCHPRO RESEARCH: What retailers want from the Swiss exhibition industry

With Watches & Wonders cancelling today, and Baselworld hanging by a thread because of the Coronavirus outbreak, it would be easy to conclude that the industry would rather they simply never happened again. Not so, according to exclusive research by WatchPro, which surveyed 127 owners and buyers from the UK’s largest independent and multiple retail businesses, and found an overwhelming desire for the fairs to get their act together and return to their former strength.