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Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with representatives from the events and exhibitions industry to discuss challenges facing the sector.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with representatives from the events and exhibitions industry to discuss challenges facing the sector.

Prime Minister shows support for industry exhibitions

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has met with leading figures in the events and exhibitions industry, two months ahead of the International Jewellery & Watch Fair (IJWF).
Gary Fitz-Roy, Expertise Events managing director
Gary Fitz-Roy, Expertise Events managing director
"What the Prime Minister understands is that people have a desire to meet and do business face-to-face"
Gary Fitz-Roy, Expertise Events

Gary Fitz-Roy, managing director Expertise Events, attended the one-hour private meeting with Morrison on Monday 20 July, and told Jeweller, “What the Prime Minister understands is that people have a desire to meet and do business face-to-face.

"And he observed that now, by default, Australian companies and businesses have an amazing opportunity to capitalise on a captive market.”

The meeting addressed key challenges for the events industry ahead of high-profile shows like the IJWF – namely, differing rules and regulations between states: “At the moment, our industry's observation is that it's very state-based. For us to recover – not just the event and exhibition industry, but the economy as a whole – we need to have a national approach,” Fitz-Roy said.

While he acknowledged that the majority of events regulation is controlled by State authorities, Fitz-Roy said the Prime Minister was willing to take on a ‘facilitator’ role.

Indeed, in a press conference immediately after the meeting, Morrison said: “We can get business events running again, we can get exhibitions running again, they can be done safely, they can be done economically and viably, and so today was a good opportunity to consult with the industry and get a good handle on some of the obstacles they have, some of the challenges that they will have to get across.

“And I look forward to raising those with the Premiers… as the National Cabinet meets, and working through with my own Ministers as we meet as Cabinet this week as well.”

Fitz-Roy added: “We will keep in contact with the Prime Minister – we've opened up the door. The exhibition industry has also launched a new positioning which is #expoready – that is to say, we are ready to welcome people back, safely, and we're ready to do it in a controlled environment and ready to deliver a commercial return.

“Like a number of industries, we've now been approved as COVID-Safe. The simple truth is, we need to accept that COVID-19 is here to stay, just like chicken pox or influenza. COVID-19 is part and parcel of our lives for the next year or two, and it will be a matter of how we work with it,” he added.

The IJWF is scheduled to proceed as planned on 12–14 September at the ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour; Expertise Events is expected to release an update on the status of the fair at the end of July.

 

WATCH PRESS CONFERENCE: PRIME MINSTER'S ADDRESS, 20 JUL, 2020


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NSW government approves Jewellery Fair to proceed in Sydney
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