TFWA reassures industry following Cannes floods
The Tax Free World Association has released a statement reassuring World Exhibition exhibitors and visitors following the devastating floods which hit the Côte d’Azur region at the weekend.
The violent storms and flash floods which struck Antibes, Cannes and Nice have left at least 17 people dead, with another four still missing.
More than 17cm (6.7in) of rain fell on the Cannes region in less than two hours, according to radio France Bleu Azur. The Palais des Festivals, set to host the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference, was one of the many buildings affected by the flooding.
The statement reads:”The thoughts of the TFWA Board, Management Committee and permanent staff are with our friends and partners in the city of Cannes as they manage the aftermath of the devastating floods of last weekend. We are especially shocked and saddened by the loss of life in the Côte d’Azur region and extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims and families affected by this tragedy.
“In the midst of such an event, business concerns are secondary, but with the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference so close, we would like to reassure our exhibitors and visitors that we are in constant contact with our partners in Cannes who are working round the clock to ensure that our event – and others currently under way – can take place without disruption.
“Indeed, we are heartened to learn that Reed Midem have been able to open the Mipcom exhibition at the Palais des Festivals this morning without major problems. The reaction of the city of Cannes and its partners to clean streets and properties, and to deploy manpower wherever needed, has been remarkable.
“Thanks to the professionalism of our partners in Cannes and to the rapid response of the city authorities, we have no doubt that the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference will go ahead according to plan. We would like to take this opportunity to express our solidarity with Mayor David Lisnard and his teams, along with our friends at SEMEC, ALTEC, B Network, Creative Spirit and all those working to ensure the city of Cannes enjoys a swift return to normality.”
TFWA adds that it will provide further information and updates whenever possible.