Evolve 2021 has postponed to September 8 following the latest Melbourne lockdown which is easing ahead of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
The conference was due to be held on July 1, but was postponed by Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) after close monitoring of the lockdown and the likelihood of MEA members being permitted, or able to travel to Melbourne for the event at this time.
“The health and wellbeing of MEA members and the wider community is at the forefront of our decision and member’s safety is our main priority,” said Nigel Collin, MEA’s Chairperson.
“It’s important to support live events and we want more delegates to travel to Melbourne to support the state, its venues and our sponsors, which is why we will still host Evolve 2021 in Melbourne in September.”
Melbourne Convention Bureau chief executive Julia Swanson welcomed MEA’s continued support in championing in-person events.
“There is no denying the current circuit breaker has been disruptive, but we know the business events sector is incredibly resilient and ready to return to in-person events when the time is right,” she said.
“The Evolve 2021 live hub in Melbourne will lead this action and drive confidence in hosting and attending events which is right at the heart of this year’s conference theme Building Confidence through Best Practice.”