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EOG moves to “clarify key facts” about OutDoor decision

The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has released a statement in response to reports that appeared after it announced the OutDoor exhibition will move to Munich from 2019.

It said the statement aimed to “clarify some key facts”.

EOG explained that the Vision 2020 project, by which the future of OutDoor has been guided, began more than two and a half years ago and included consultation with hundreds of retailers, brands and suppliers from every country in Europe and from many others around the world. It added that the Vision 2020 team completed over 90 hours of face to face interviews with industry stakeholders.

The organisation described its membership as “fully representative of the whole sector”. It said this shows that the decision to move OutDoor to Munich was “representative of the interests of the whole sector” and not taken by the minority. 

The statement also explained that the three shortlisted locations – Friedrichshafen, Hamburg and Munich – had “an equal opportunity to propose solutions for the ambitious challenges that were set”. It added that Messe München polled more than three times as many votes as its nearest rival. 

In conclusion, EOG said it was “a fully democratic process” that decided the future location of OutDoor. “Ultimately, the result of the vote was definitive and clearly represents the will of the industry,” it added. 

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