Brussels / Paris – 11 March 2020
AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres and UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition industry have released a guide to good practices for venues in the management of health and operational challenges specifically relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
no single resource will be able to capture the full range of information
available on such a broad and constantly evolving issue, this Guide offers a
framework for response to make it as relevant as possible to the needs of
managers” said UFI President Mary Larkin. “As the COVID-19 situation and
corresponding impacts evolve, the amount of relevant, practical information and
experiences will continue to grow and we will reflect this in future updates”.
The Guide was created as an extension of a
related venue security Best Practices document released last year and
incorporates insights and experiences from around the world. It focuses on
updated convention and exhibition centre health and safety policies, plans and
procedures and was assembled with the support, input and review of AIPC and UFI
members engaged in a task force set up for this purpose under the overall
guidance of a global expert in health and security matters.
The 27 page document incorporates both
strategic and practical guidance in the form of advice, suggestions, examples
and tips focusing in particular on new, updated and modified information as
opposed to simply pre-existing, standard health and safety controls and crisis
management plans. The text also includes many 'live' document links to
allow additional information to be accessed directly, as well as lists of
additional key industry and health authority resources that may enhance
planning and tactics.
About AIPC –The International Association of Convention Centres: Founded in 1958, AIPC is a global network of some 190 leading centres in 61 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals. Its mission is to encourage, support and recognize excellence in convention centre management, based on the diverse experience and expertise of its international membership, and it maintains a full range of educational, research, networking and management standards programmes in order to achieve this. AIPC recognises and actively promotes the essential role of the international meetings industry in supporting economic, academic and professional development in communities where its members are located as well as enhancing global relations amongst diverse business and cultural interests world wide.