Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Fairgrounds Contract Extended Through 2028

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‘Frankfurt is Germany’s most international city,’ says Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Juergen Boos as the Messe Frankfurt contract is extended.

A view of Messe Frankfurt from the 2008 Frankfurter Buchmesse. Image: FBM, Anett Weirauch

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

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‘Post-Pandemic Normality’
Today (May 3) the Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 16 to 20) announces that it has renewed its contract with Messe Frankfurt—the fairgrounds on which Frankfurt Book Fair is held each year—and that the world’s largest international book publishing trade show will remain at this venue through the end of 2028.

According to media messaging today from Frankfurt organizers, “This continues a good tradition: the largest international book fair has been held in the halls of Messe Frankfurt since 1951—even during the pandemic years and under challenging conditions.”

“The new contractual agreement focuses on post-pandemic normality and secures Frankfurt as an international trade fair location. In addition, both contracting parties prioritize the issue of sustainability in the staging of the event.”

Mike Josef

In a comment from Mike Josef, the lord mayor of the city of Frankfurt am Main, Josef says, “Frankfurter Buchmesse is one of the world’s largest meeting places for open, international, social, and political discourse.

“This makes the event invaluable for Frankfurt, the cradle of democracy in Germany.

“Especially in light of this year’s 75th anniversary of the German constitution, I’m delighted that Frankfurter Buchmesse has decided to remain loyal to this location.”

Juergen Boos

Speaking for the trade show, Juergen Boss, president and CEO of Frankfurter Buchmesse, says, “I am very pleased to be able to formalize the cooperation between Frankfurter Buchmesse and Messe Frankfurt for the coming years.

“The cultural city of Frankfurt, Messe Frankfurt, and Frankfurter Buchmesse belong together.

“Frankfurt is Germany’s most international city, and we are and will remain Frankfurt’s most international trade fair.”

Uwe Behm

Uwe Behm, an executive member of the board of management with Messe Frankfurt, says: “Frankfurter Buchmesse is not only a unique event that contributes to the city’s global brand and reputation, but one that also contributes to the prosperity of Frankfurt and to the entire region through the turnover generated by hotels, restaurants, taxi companies, and many other service providers.

“We’re delighted that Messe Frankfurt can continue to provide its exhibition center and services in this way.”

More from Publishing Perspectives on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more on international trade shows and books fairs is here, and more on the German book market is here.

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Porter Anderson 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 International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, 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.