June 24, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

The latest coronavirus clusters in NSW and the consequent restrictions are reverberating through the business events industry.

Suppliers, organisers, contractors and exhibitors are in the midst of recasting their major events to new dates. Events registration company InfoSalons has had eight events scheduled for July affected.

As reported in micenet yesterday, among the shows to be rescheduled at ICC Sydney is consumer show the Good Food and Wine Show which was due to be held from today and through the weekend. The event has now been rescheduled to September 17 – 19, 2021.

Organiser, Talk2Media is advising those who have purchased entry or masterclass tickets that their bookings will be transferred to the new September dates.  Those unable to make the new dates have been asked to contact the show directly.

A post to the show’s Facebook page says: “It has been an extremely heartbreaking decision to have to make and we would greatly appreciate your patience and kindness as we navigate our way through this the best we can.

“Our amazing chefs and partners have already confirmed their availability for September and the show will be worth the wait. We look forward to welcoming you to the show then.”

Operations Manager at Talk2Media, Nikki Wittman said that after 19 months she was eager to get on site and deliver the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show this weekend.

“The effort that goes into these events is often unseen, with months of planning and preparation. This is a huge team effort and I want to thank all of our suppliers and their teams involved who help bring the show to life.”

She listed a wide cross-section of suppliers who are impacted by the change and thanked them for their contribution. They include ExpoNet, GEL Events, F Wood & Son Plumbing, Place Settings, Cold Display Solutions, Holistic Industries, Spark Event Group, Clifton Productions, Microhire, Andrew Ballard, Winterhalter Australia & New Zealand and ICC Sydney, as well as Lisa Hughes MEHA and John Van der Veen.

The list of collaborators shows a little of the snowball effect that cancellations and deferrals have.

Frustration in the industry continues to grow especially with the slowness of the vaccine rollout.

Jo-Anne Kelleway, founder of InfoSalons, says Australia must do better with vaccinations.

“If people don’t get vaccinated it will be mid-2022 before Australia gets back on its feet.”

micenet will publish a full interview with Jo-Anne Kelleway next week.

Image: Matt Moran | Credit: James Ambrose