“Our events are open for business” Campaign
AIPC (The International Association of Convention Centres), ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association) and UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) are jointly backing and supporting the industry wide global campaign “This event is/our events are open for business”.
The campaign, initially launched on March 4 by UFI and SISO (Society of Independent Show Organizers) – highlights the fact that, while numerous events around the world are being postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, many events are taking place successfully around the world.
It consists of material that meetings industry associations are sharing with their respective memberships. They can add the visuals and text material to their ongoing communications around upcoming events.
“While our primary concern now is the health and safety of our staff and customers we also need to keep in mind that the events we host will play a key part in driving the economic recovery to follow, and we are pleased to be collaborating in a campaign and an alliance that emphasizes that point” said Aloysius Arlando, President of AIPC.
“As part of the G3 Alliance ICCA sees it as vital that, whilst COVID-19 is causing significant disruption, it is important that we highlight the fact that many events are taking place worldwide and delivering great outcomes for their stakeholders, often adapting their programmes to suit current circumstances. ICCA is very supportive of this campaign and collaboration is more important than ever at this time.”, said James Rees, ICCA President.
WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that, “in dealing with the global coronavirus outbreak, our greatest assets are facts, reason and solidarity. This is what the campaign is about, and this is what makes it great that we will work jointly on this as well”, says Mary Larkin, UFI President.
All three associations will continue to share the campaign information with the respective memberships. It is currently available on the campaign website www.supportingevents.org, on ICCA’s website www.iccaworld.org/covid-19/ and on the UFI website www.ufi.org/coronavirus.