Australian business events industry tradeshow Get Local will be proceeding with their in-person event, slated to take place at the ICC Sydney on February 15 and 16, 2022.
Get Local co-founders Donna Kessler and Gary Bender said the decision not to postpone was made after receiving encouraging positive feedback from the industry throughout January.
â€śFor almost two years, industry buyers have been unable to physically see and source new products, meet face-to-face with their suppliers or network with colleagues. If the industryâ€™s own event does not proceed as scheduled, then what message does that send to the broader business community about meetings and travel generally?
â€śFor the stability of the industry and the economy it is crucial that businesses continue to operate and grow despite Covid-19 and even more,â€ť said Kessler.
To instil confidence, Get Local organisers have ordered over 2,000 Rapid Antigen Tests for exhibitors, visitors, and staff. The event will also have contactless registration, no handouts, brochures or physical giveaways, and an open floor design with plenty of space for participants to move about freely and physically distanced, keeping to EventSafe Operating Guidelines.
BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith added: “Itâ€™s important we come together as a sector and demonstrate the true value of face-to-face business events, in the COVIDSafe hands of event professionals.