7-8 September 2022
ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre

7-8 September 2022
ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre

COVID-19 Update

Friday March 6, 2020

With Hospitality Design Fair and NoVacancy due to take place in late May (still 11 weeks away), the National Media team continues to plan confidently for the show.

We currently have no plans to postpone or cancel our show.

This unprecedented situation is changing daily, and we continue to monitor but are also focused on delivering what is an extremely important event for the hospitality and design industry – particularly in the wake of recent natural disasters and inbound tourism impacts from the COVID-19 virus.

We’re grateful for the ongoing support of our exhibitors and attendees who continue to register and plan for the show and we’ve not experienced any substantial impacts so far.

97.7% of attendee and exhibitor persons at the 2019 event were domestic, residing in Australia.

We are in daily contact with our event delivery partners across the country. We are also in regular communication with the ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre as well as the appropriate authorities, including travel and health advisory bodies nationally.

We take our duty of care seriously and continue to consult with experts on what the appropriate sanitary, health and other measures should be to assure all stakeholders that appropriate measures will be in place at the show.

There is currently no cause for undue anxiety with the risk in Australia remaining low.

Where authorities tell us to postpone in light of COVID-19, we will.


Separating fact from fiction

We are aware there’s a lot of speculation and hype surrounding the impact of COVID-19 globally and that is can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction.

Below is a composition of some key statements and sources we believe to be the most reliable, independent and credible. We strongly believe it’s important not to overreact but to keep this global health issue in context.

Infodemics are an excessive amount of information about a problem, which makes it difficult to identify a solution. Infodemics can spread misinformation, disinformation and rumours during a health emergency. Infodemics can hamper an effective public health response and create confusion and distrust among people. – World Health Organisation
“This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumours. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma. We are all in this together.” – Dr. Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation


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