Setting The Direction
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world. It has changed the way people live their lives and has also caused the corporate world to rethink how business is conducted. Gone are the days where decisions are set for good. Adaptability and foresight have never been more important.
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You see, COVID has forced AUSJET and Expertise Events to rethink our first event, and we have decided that we are not willing to compromise on its success.
Recently, depending on which state you are based in, you may have seen news coverage of the WA Premier saying that the WA borders are likely to be closed until the state reaches 90% vaccination which is likely to be April/May. AUSJET22 is a national event and therefore we want to celebrate the reconnection by having all states involved and a large emerging factor is confidence. Closed borders affect exhibitors and delegates from getting to the conference as well as buyers, and it is not in the best interest of the event to leave any of those elements out.
You would no doubt also be aware a number of industry events in the last three months have announced dates in March, which given we announced our dates some six months ago, is disappointing. It will be interesting to see how many are prepared to run despite some states being excluded from attending.
Given the size of the market within Australia we would find running a national event that precludes a state from participating in any form as completely undesirable, and that the organiser is putting their profitability ahead of the industry’s success. AUSJET22 is an event by the industry, for the industry and the focus is about being all inclusive.
Adding to the dilemma over the last two weeks, the Victorian Premier has announced COVID restrictions will remain in place at least until after major events in Melbourne, meaning until the end of April.
None of these things augurs well for the first event coming out of the global pandemic. The scenarios above are mere facts of the situation and are not about politics; they are based factually on the information we have today.