Between the 4th and 7th of March, GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre (GR) organised and hosted the 59th International Home Fair (Sejem Dom), the largest specialized international fair in the field of construction in Slovenia and neighbouring countries. The fair, which was planned for six days, was cut short, due to the new COVID-19 pandemic associated guidelines. Nevertheless, the fair received 37.800 content visitors.
The 59th Home Fair was ceremoniously opened on the 4th of March 2020 by the former Slovenian Prime Minister, Marjan Šarec. Following the opening, Zoran Janković, the Major of Ljubljana and Iztok Bricl, Director of the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre addressed the public and presented the best companies with the Quality Label in Construction certificate. The certificate labels products, services, appliances and technologies which fulfil the highest and internationally comparable quality standards. The criteria for obtaining the certificate are very strict and only 180 such certificates have been handed out in the past 24 years. This year, two companies earned their right to the certificate, MIK for their MIKrovent carpentry ventilation system and Kronoterm for their achievement in the technological development of the Adapt heat pump.
The international event, focused on everything from construction and landscaping to interior fitting products, provided space for 505 companies from 29 countries to display their offers for the home, building trade, doors and windows, heating and cooling engineering, interior fittings, security and landscaping. It was spread throughout the entire surface of GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre, covering over 20.000 m2. All the indoor halls and outdoor areas, including three provisional halls built specifically for the fair, were filled with this year’s exhibitors.
In light of stricter regulations due to the coronavirus outburst, the GR staff connected with relevant parties to run the event in accordance with the guidelines of the National Institute of Public Health. They were diligent in taking all the necessary precautions to ensure the health of the fair’s visitors, exhibitors and staff. The fair floor was equipped with disinfection stations and all the halls were aired more frequently. As the Slovenian government recommended all public gatherings be limited to no more than 100 people on Saturday, March 7, the organisers decided the health and safety of everyone concerned came first and ended the fair a day earlier than planned. Such a decision is never taken lightly, and it reflected the great care and responsibility the organisers feel towards all the parties involved in the Home Fair. Accordingly, in compliance with the directions by the competent authorities of the Republic of Slovenia, all the events scheduled to take place at GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre during these weeks are postponed to a later date.