Fire Protection Association Australia has made the decision to cancel its 2020 trade show, previously scheduled for 6-8 May in Sydney.
“The Association’s primary consideration is the health and safety of everyone in our industry,” says Association president Bill Lea in a press release. “We also want to ensure delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors have a positive and valuable experience at Fire Australia – with the growing concerns about the dangers of COVID-19 and many companies now implementing staff travel bans, we couldn’t guarantee the high-quality event that we strive to bring you every year.”
Delegates, exhibitors and sponsors have been invited to roll their bookings over to next year’s Fire Australia 2021 in Melbourne. “With the extra time to prepare,” says the release, “we will be working on coming back with a bang and making next year’s event something particularly special.” But the Association also assures it will offer full refunds and is currently reaching out to delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors.
It is also exploring options to deliver the content of the conference, and indeed all other in-person Association events until coronavirus concerns are resolved, electronically.
Countless events have been cancelled or postponed in what’s been a dramatic week for industry conferences and exhibitions worldwide.