July 23, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: Tourism Western Australia
Organisers of the show, CMS Events, have pulled the pin on the event, citing lockdowns, momentum shifts and sentiment in Western Australia that events are still not top of the priority list.
The show’s director, Richard Campbell, says while the cancellation was reluctant, it was also the best decision in the circumstances.
“Events have been hit hard as the industry knows, and it was hoped the second half of 2021 would see things gearing back up again, but with the recent outbreaks on the east coast people are nervous as it proves things can change quickly,” he said.
“I back the call for people to get vaccinated as soon as possible, because it will be the quickest way we can resume events with confidence.
“We cannot depend on support from government or others, we must depend on the Australian community to do the right thing so we can open up the country again.
“We will review a pared back network and business presentation for September this year to assist building the face-to-face network opportunities that are needed for growth. The theme will be to reunite and rebuild the events industry in WA.”