Frankfurter Buchmesse: Trade Visitor Tickets Now on Sale, 2022 Hall Plan Issued

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The trade show’s ticketing has opened, and a hall plan has been issued for those looking ahead to Frankfurter Buchmesse, October 19 to 23.

In Hall 3 at the 2018 Frankfurter Buchmesse. Image: FBM, Niklas Görke

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Halls 3, 4, 6, the Forum and Congress Center
A quick note this morning for our many readers who are looking forward to Frankfurter Buchmesse, October 19 to 23, Guest of Honor Spain. We’ll have more information for you shortly on this, but the world’s largest international book-publishing industry trade show is gaining strong anticipatory registration and interest, a good sign.

Trade visitor tickets have now gone on sale, and full information is here. The direct link to the service portal, if you’re ready to buy now is here.

There are options, of course: a day ticket, the five-day ticket, and a discounted day ticket to be bought on-site (only with a credit card, not cash, by the way). And in case you’re new to the qualifications of the trade visitor classification, here is how Frankfurt parses this. Authorized trade groups include:

  • Employees of publishing houses, literary agencies, bookstores, and libraries
  • Authors, illustrators, and translators
  • Employees of printing presses, software firms, and other service companies for the book and media industry
  • Teachers and school directors of all types of schools, educators, or other educational personnel
  • Members of the creative industries, creative artists, and agents
  • Students of all disciplines and trainees in the book and media industry

Reduced trade-visitor pricing (with proof of status when purchasing) is available to students, booksellers, librarians, trainees, and apprentices in the book and media industry.

The 2022 Frankfurter Buchmesse Hall Plan

While much more information is coming, of course, our most seasoned Frankfurt goers will of course want to know how the ground plan for this year’s trade show at Messe Frankfurt will look.

As you’ll remember, parts of the complex have been undergoing extensive renovation, which this year will mean that Hall 5 is not in use. Here’s how the hall plan looks:

Image: FBM

If you’d like a PDF of the hall plan, it can be downloaded here.

Coronavirus Considerations

Needless to say, the pandemic remains a feature of life and business—as much as we’d all love to say otherwise. One thing many who travel frequently now to international events know is that the situation on the ground evolves over time.

It certainly appears that we’re in a much better place this year. The 2021 Frankfurt was held successfully with precautions in place, and this year’s slate of mitigation factors should be much easier to contend with.

Here is where information on this aspect of the trade show’s staging this year will be made available as the picture comes into better focus.

Leipziger Buchmesse Registration is Open, Too

And just a last note on today’s quick update: Those who regularly attend Leipziger Buchmesse will want to know that registration is also underway for its 2023 event—now set for the latest dates of April 27 to 30. As you may recall, the show has had a particularly bumpy experience in scheduling, having to make its latest two date changes within a span of three months and to handle a very abrupt cancellation at one point, as well, not unlike the difficulties faced by the Shanghai Children’s Book Fair.

Available registration now includes the fair itself with a change in its concept for using the halls, as well as registration for the associated Manga Comic-Con and the reading festival, Leipzig liest. For exhibitors, information on registration is here.


More from Publishing Perspectives on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more from us on guest of honor programs is here, more on Spain and its plans for Frankfurt is here, and more on the German book and publishing market is here.

More on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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