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CEO DATELINE – Show organizers unite to encourage in-person meetings

April 12, 2021

By William Ehart

The exhibition industry has formed a new international coalition to promote the safe return of in-person events, in part by establishing consistent health and safety standards.

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“As industries ranging from manufacturing to healthcare, aviation, agriculture, maritime and many others, look for opportunities to recover following devastating economic hardship, the exhibitions industry is dedicated to supporting commerce and connection by providing safe environments to network and do business,” the coalition said in an April 8 statement.

The Atlanta-based Society of Independent Show Organizers is part of the coalition, which is led by Paris-based global industry association UFI. Other members include event organizers Clarion Events, Emerald, Informa Markets, Reed Exhibitions and Tarsus. 

“As cities around the globe begin to re-open, industries can feel secure that trade platforms are taking a consistent approach to safety, with local guidelines and community feedback helping guide that approach,” the coalition said.