AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres; ICCA, the International Convention and Congress Association; and UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, have joined forces to release a new guide that identifies and promotes globally emerging standards, protocols, and good practices to help business events sectors restart.
Titled Good Practice Guide: Addressing COVID-19 Requirements for Re-Opening Business Events, this is a third in the series of Covid-19 related guides being shared with the associationsâ€™ respective memberships.
It supports their work to create conditions and safeguards that will enable the safe reopening of their activities while observing the needs and expectations of relevant governments and health authorities.
â€œInternational meetings and events are organised gatherings of professionals with specific, known and controlled attendee participation and need to be considered this way by global authorities, as opposed
to other mass gatherings such as festivals and sporting events. It is our challenge to convince local governments, associations and event attendees that our venues can be highly-controlled and safe environments.
“By sharing information and best practices between our global industry association partners, we hope we will be contributing to a more integrated approach, so that the international meetings industry can play its crucial role in economic and social recovery sooner rather than later,”
said ICCA president James Rees.
The guide complements two earlier publications – Good Practice Guidance to COVID-19 for Convention and Exhibition Centres and Good Practice Guidance for the Use of Centres as Temporary Emergency Facilities – which were produced and distributed in March and April of this year.
The publication was created as a collaborative project among different parts of the overall industry. It has been developed through the direct, practical experiences and expertise of members that are dealing with the impacts on a day-to-day basis.
Following distribution, the partner associations will be scheduling an online event to facilitate the implementation of the guidance provided in this publication and to assist members in interpreting its content into local actions.