As businesses across the globe are starting to resume, positive developments are also shaping up for the exhibition & convention industry. In a media conference after a private meeting with representatives of the Australian business events industry, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has appreciated the work taking place to reopen the Exhibition and convention sector in the region.
The Australian Prime Minister said, “we can get business events running again, they can be done safely, they can be done economically and viably.”
This development follows after another positive news that came in last week for our industry.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week announced that, in England, the government “intend(s) to allow conferences and other business events to recommence” from October. In a public statement, the PM insisted that “these changes must be done in a Covid Secure way” and that the implementation will be “subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”
Already from 1 August, indoor performances to a live audience will be able again in England, subject to the success of pilots, and “pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadia“ were to be arranged, “with a view to wider reopening in the Autumn.“ Details about the referenced “Covid Secure way” and corresponding regulations are not yet known.
Nick Dugdale-Moore, UFI’s Regional Manager Europe, commented: “We are very happy to hear the news, which is so vital for our industry colleagues. The UK was the last major exhibitions market in Europe without a reopening date. We are now looking forward to seeing more clarification on the “COVID secure” guidelines for England, which will help give visitors and exhibitors confidence to return, and also to have some guidance for Scotland soon too.”