Coronavirus concerns force industry events to reschedule
18 March 2020
Two organisers have announced the rescheduling of major events, in light of concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic.
Following the escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe, the Nineteen Group has taken the decision to reschedule The Security Event, The Fire Safety Event, The Health and Safety Event and The Facilities Event to 22-23 September 2020.
The decision has been taken in consideration of the recent spread of the virus, as well as the impact of current and likely future travel restrictions.
In a statement, the company said: "All four events are twice the size of last year, have exceeded their targets and even in the last weeks are enjoying record-breaking pre-registration, but we feel this new date will be safer and gives the market time to deal with these unprecedented circumstances. The NEC has worked hard to provide a slot in September to give the market clarity and provide an even larger visitor base to do business with. The location of the NEC provides the best location to create a truly national event for the security, fire, health and safety and facilities markets.
"Stand bookings and visitor registrations will be transferred to the new dates and our team began personally calling each customer on Monday to help them through this process."
The new dateline also creates the opportunity to co-locate the existing series with one of Nineteen Group’s other market leading events - The Emergency Services Show, creating the UK’s largest event focused on the protection of people, places and assets.
The following events will collocate:
- The Emergency Services Show
- The Fire Safety Event
- The Security Event
- The Health & Safety Event
- The Facilities Event
Peter Jones, CEO of Nineteen Group said; "We have listened to the concerns of our customers regarding the escalation of Covid-19. Standing in their shoes, what is clear is we need to stand united with our community, and in a safe and responsible way, tackle the challenges that this virus brings. We’ve held off sending out a blanket communication until today to allow our team to personally call each exhibitor.
"Feedback from the industry has been extremely positive. We would like to thank all our exhibitors, stakeholders and visitors for their continued support. We are committed to creating unprecedented business opportunities for the markets we serve.”
Interclean Amsterdam 2020
In view of the recent developments as a result of the global spread of COVID-19 and, after consulting its exhibition committee, key stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors of the cleaning and hygiene industry, Interclean Amsterdam will be rescheduled to Autumn 2020. The new dates will be confirmed by 20 March.
The rapid spread of the Corona virus around the world has led to increased travel restrictions from authorities. These restrictions, as well as those imposed within companies, will result in materially reduced attendance of the show. To maintain the international reach and quality of the event, a new date will be set.
“By moving the exhibition to the Fall, we hope to offer our exhibitors the earliest possible time slot to present their innovations to a global audience and to initiate business," said Bas Dalm, executive vice president. "In view of the global economic challenges triggered by the Corona virus in the first half of the year, moving the show to the Fall offers great opportunities. Thus, the world's most important industrial trade fair can provide important impetus for the global economy at an early stage at a time when it much needed in view global health issues."