European exhibition industry calls for health passport program

The European exhibition industry is calling for a coordinated approach to remove restrictions for mobility such as quarantines and travel bans and is pushing for the fast-track development of a digital health certificate to re-establish confidence among travellers.

Fragmented travel regulations and restrictions within the EU and globally remain a major barrier for international exhibitions and professional events to resume business, according to the European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA).

Instead, increasing and speeding-up vaccinations combined with cost-effective rapid testing and intelligent tracing solutions will both foster the protection of health and enable travel within Europe and worldwide start economic recovery.

The EEIA is also in favour of EU-wide and globally compatible digital health certificates to be made available to the entire travel and hospitality chain and specifically include trade fairs and business events.

“As a global industry, we stress the need for global coordination of criteria for risk and measures to re-establish overseas travel with the same standards”, the EEIA said in a statement.

“Trade fairs, exhibitions and business events will play a vital role in the economic recovery. With lead times of a minimum of 4 to 6 months, our industry needs a clear roadmap for planning and preparing the international innovation and business platforms on time.”