COVID-19 : UPDATE
6th March 2020
Many of you will be aware that a number of events (some major / large scale) have been cancelled both in Europe and further afield in recent days, we know that many in our community are asking questions about live events.
FUSE are working on projects across 5 continents at present, and currently have NO plans to postpone or cancel any events. We’re very grateful for the ongoing support of our clients and attendees who continue to plan with us.
The FUSE team remains in close contact with our partners around the world, as well as the relevant health authorities. As this unprecedented situation is changing every day, we remain watchful but also focused on delivering successful events. Mindful of our duty of care, we’re also carefully considering and consulting with experts on what the appropriate sanitary, health and other measures should be at all of our events.
To borrow some words of wisdom from our friends at the IMEX event industry show, COVID-19 is presenting the business events and travel industries with an unprecedented global challenge. The FUSE team are passionate believers in, and advocates for, the substantial social and economic power of meetings and events. Like you, we know that the negative long-term impact of speculation, hype and over-reaction will be damaging not just to our industry, but also to your local communities and business as a whole.
We feel strongly that it is our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgement, taking the advice of the relevant authorities and scientists. Borrowing an apt and timely quote from IMEX’s recent statement on this issue, and in the sage words of Gloria Guevara, President and CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), “containing the spread of unnecessary panic is as important as stopping the virus itself.”
We’ll keep posting updates as the situation evolves, making sure it contains links to the most reliable and relevant industry resources, and wish you, your business colleagues, your communities and your families good wishes and resilience in the months to come.