January 11, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

The Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) has postponed its annual conference for a second time, effectively cancelling their 2021 event, due to escalating COVID-19 cases around Australia.

In a note last night, the association attributed the decision to “increasing case numbers, concern from key stakeholders about the safety and wellbeing of attendees, continued uncertainty around travel and potential isolation, and the threat to members’ businesses and their future work”.

“The PCOA Council agreed that it was the responsible decision to make at this time.”

“The decision to postpone was not made lightly,” said PCOA President Barry Neame, citing a “compelling” educational program curated by PCOA’s Tasmanian Counsellor, Paula Leishman.

Neame said there had been “overwhelming excitement” from stakeholders to come together and network after a turbulent year and that the exhibition had been sold out and registrations were approaching record numbers.

The association is aiming for third time lucky to bring the event to Tasmania, with the next iteration of the conference to take place at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart between December 11 and 13, 2022.