More than 500 buyers and 150 exhibiting companies connected last week at the ICC Sydney for Get Local, marking the first in-person international business event exhibition held in Australia for almost two years.
Co-founders Donna Kessler and Gary Bender said that the expo showed people are ready, willing and able to get back together for face to face events.
“We felt it crucial that Get Local go ahead to demonstrate that events can be held safely and effectively and the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive,” Kessler said.
“It is imperative that businesses continue to operate and grow despite Covid-19 and as an industry event we wanted to demonstrate it can and should be done.”
Get Local had an emphasis on sustainability with contactless registration and no handouts, brochures or giveaways.
“The sold out Welcome Event at Doltone House was also an unmitigated success, and clearly highlighted that people want to come together once more,” Bender said.
Registered buyer Rebecca March, National Event Manager Australia & New Zealand of the global healthcare company Sanofi, said the organisers had “navigated the Covid landscape extremely well”.
“The speakers were great and the exhibitors were also very relevant for me and [it was] so nice to see the ones that are still with their respective products and also meet some new faces,” she said.
Lynne Clay, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Federation, said the organisers had staged a “well-organised, professional event”.
“The check-in/registration process was seamless, including the mandatory RAT testing facilities, while the regional floorplan and prominent signage made locating target exhibitors simple and convenient,” Clay said.