Get Local orders RAT tests as it commits to February dates

Get Local has ordered over 2,000 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to be used for all exhibitors, visitors and staff on arrival, further instilling confidence in the safety of attending the event at ICC Sydney on February 15-16.

Get Local co-founders Donna Kessler and Gary Bender said the decision not to postpone was made after receiving encouraging positive feedback from the industry throughout January, and particularly registered buyers who have said they will be there.

“For almost two years, industry buyers have been unable to physically see and source new products, meet face-to-face with their suppliers or network with colleagues,” said Kessler.

“If the industry’s own event does not proceed as scheduled, then what message does that send to the broader business community about meetings and travel generally?

“For the stability of the industry and the economy it is crucial that businesses continue to operate and grow despite COVID-19 and even more so for the industry itself to lead this return.”

Get Local will have contactless registration, no handouts, brochures or physical giveaways, and an open floor design with plenty of space for participants to move about freely and physically distanced, keeping to the COVID EventSafe Operating Guidelines.

“Continually cancelling business-to-business events could lead to a huge shift and downturn in the way people market their businesses, make sales and communicate with clients and suppliers,” said Bender.

“As the first business events tradeshow of 2022, it’s crucial to demonstrate how business events can continue successfully and in a COVID safe way.”

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said she supported Get Local’s commitment to its February dates.

“It’s important we come together as a sector and demonstrate the true value of face-to-face business events, in the COVIDSafe hands of event professionals,” said Lewis-Smith.