COVID-19 – What You Need to Know
Official Statement from IAEE
On behalf of the IAEE Board of Directors and Staff, we would like to extend our deepest concern and support for our members, friends, colleagues and customers impacted by the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency.
For decades, trade shows around the world have been instrumental to building brands, forging partnerships, providing education and so much more. We have been fortunate to see our industry flourish on a global scale. When a crisis such as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) occurs, the effects are felt by all of us in the industry.
IAEE continues to monitor the developments of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on exhibitions and events. We are gathering information as this crisis evolves in order to understand the extent of its impact and how we may be of service. We are also gathering resources as quickly as they become available to us, in an effort to help navigate the difficulties presented by these circumstances.
We understand the immense time and effort invested in organizing exhibitions and events, and the burden placed on those whose trade shows are facing disruptions and/or cancellations due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). IAEE extends its best wishes and continued support as our industry endures this crisis together.
David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA Robert McLean, CPA, CAE, CEM
President and CEO 2020 Chairperson
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On 28 February 2020, David Dubois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA and Professor Willy C. Shih, the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School spoke to the BBC about COVID-19 and the logistics of canceling for a major organiser.
Listen to the BBC Recording Here
IAEE has created a set of guidelines for show organizers to use when planning their show amidst COVID-19 concerns from their various stakeholders.
Download the IAEE Guidelines for Organizers
IAEE’s exhibition organizer members are experiencing disruptions to attendance/exhibitors from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As there is a lot of information available – some reliable and some not – we have compiled a list of resources to use when navigating this new threat to the global exhibitions community.
As the leading trade association for the global exhibitions and events industry, it is important for IAEE to gauge the worldwide impact of this outbreak.
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