April 4, 2003
Basel's Zurich Hall Remains Open, Admission Fee Waived
Basel World management worked hard on Friday to remind visitors to the fair that 400 exhibitors from 22 countries remain open at its new Zurich location, despite the forced departure of exhibitors from Hong Kong, China and Singapore. A Swiss health directive barred those exhibitors because of the prevalence of the SARS virus in their countries.
Basel World waived the admission fee for all visitors to Zurich and emphasized that free shuttles between Basel and Zurich remain in effect, leaving every 15 minutes from both locations between 7:35 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Late buses are available at 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
> "We realize this directive has had a devastating impact on all exhibitors and personnel concerned, which we deeply regret," says René Kamm, CEO of MCH Swiss Exhibition Ltd. "We have done everything in our power to negotiate on our exhibitors' behalf to reverse the Swiss Federal Council and Federal Health Office directive, but, sadly, to no avail. Our concern now is to ensure the success of the show for all [remaining] participants in both locations."
Country pavilions remaining in Zurich are Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United States.
by Peggy Jo Donahue