A MESSAGE FROM THE EEAA PRESIDENT

By Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia, 9 June, 2020


Thank you for attending the EEAA’s Global Exhibitions Day broadcast. I hope you found it informative and uplifting in these difficult times.

You would have heard our Chief Executive, Claudia Sagripanti provide an update on our non-stop lobbying efforts to all Governments requesting that they lift business event restrictions and to also provide some sort of financial assistance past the end of other schemes such as JobKeeper. This is an ongoing process at the moment.

The EEAA is also rolling out a Rebuild Strategy for our sector, with phase one all about seeking permission from government to open for business in a safe and confident environment.

The second phase is our Back to Business campaign, based on the EEAA’s previous campaign of “The Power of Exhibitions”, reminding our customers that business events are the fastest drivers of reconnecting and engaging business.

Our third phase in our Rebuild Strategy is Flexibility in the Supply Chain. This will include advocacy and lobbying of all governments, especially at Federal level to announce an extension of other schemes such as JobKeeper to provide the cash flow for suppliers, venues and organisers when events return. This cashflow assistance will be sorely needed. We all know the long lead times we operate under, and that SMEs are an important part of our value chain.

The last part of our strategy is to stem the “talent drain” from our industry and will focus on talent engagement, retention and mentoring.

To deliver all this we need the resources and funds so I ask you to please consider financially joining our Association so you can enjoy and tap into our programs.

During this crisis we have catered for members and non-members as we felt it was important to help everyone in our industry, as we’re all part of the events industry family. For our Rebuild Strategy to be effective and beneficial, we now need your direct support so please consider joining as a member.

The Association offers various membership tiers based on your turnover. The membership fees start from $1,580, and special provisions are available. Please contact Diane Glasson at [email protected] or via telephone on 0428 487 585 to register your interest.

I look forward to welcoming new members to the Association and working with you to rebuild our $35.7 billion business events industry.

Warm regards

Spiro Anemogiannis
President, EEAA

Source: Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia