President of the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Spiro Anemogiannis has claimed the business events industry is re-starting, largely due to the targeted advocacy work of industry associations such as the EEAA.

Citing a face-to-face event organised by his company Informa, which took place last week, Mr Anemogiannis said in a statement that the pent-up demand for face-to-face interaction, networking and socialising is translating to more events with impressive attendance.

“Confex was held in the National Convention Centre attracting 340 in-person attendees along with 40 virtual attendees who signed in via the conference live stream,” he said.

“In addition, we had seven major sponsors, five of which took out an exhibition stand. The event included a welcome reception at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra as well as a post-event cocktail networking party.

Mr Anemogiannis said the overwhelming feedback was very positive, and the company has a second event booked at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney next week which is booking well and ahead of budget.

“The above illustrates that our industry is restarting – primarily as a result of the targeted advocacy work delivered by industry associations such as the EEAA, who have dedicated their time, effort and resources in 2020,” he said.

He concluded by saying the EEAA is in a good position to further its strategic alliances with bodies such as the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). All board members are embedded in a number of state government committees and will continue to update the industry as they start their return to face-to-face events.