1. For the last few months, we have been representing the EIA and specifically the exhibition and business event sector in conversation and negotiation with Government agencies, calling for a Treasury backed insurance solution protecting against Communicable Disease going forward. If accepted and supported by Government, it will give Organisers the much-needed confidence to start the process of arranging events to take place from a specific date agreed by Government. In the event of further lockdowns or enforced central or local government restrictions the revenue and expenses insured or guaranteed under the scheme will be reimbursed. Negotiations are going well, and the scheme specifically designed by InEvexco has EIA’s full support.
Our first reason to be cheerful is the fact Government are engaging in meaningful conversations and these are boosted by the APPG statement on 4th January 2021 by Theresa Villiers MP who is reported to have said they are committed to working with the industry. As an insurance style protection is one of the principal objectives for EIA to secure from Government, InEvexco will continue to work with and be available to advise both the EIA and Government to finalise a confidence building and income protecting solution.
2. We should take pride in the latest developments in the fight against this unseen foe, especially the fact the UK are reported to be the front runners in Europe in respect of vaccination creation and the intention and ability to vaccinate 13 million people before the middle of February. This certainly gives us another reason to be cheerful as we can now see a strong light at the end of the tunnel and a way our businesses will ultimately reopen and a new normal can be established.
3. Our third reason to be cheerful is the resilience shown by the Industry and the progress we are seeing in the planning process here and overseas. Australia and New Zealand along with the Middle East and Asia, appear to be further ahead in this respect. It was heartening to see reports of the New Year celebration in Sydney and Auckland taking place with no restrictions at all. We appreciate the globe as a whole still has a lot of work to do but, it does seem despite the more transmissible variant of the disease, humanity is taking back control. Surely this means, mass, organised gatherings are on their way back.