MARCH 2020 – MARCH 2021: 1 YEAR WITHOUT ACTIVITY: STILL MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RECOVERY, THE EVENTS SECTOR IS GOING INTO ACTION!
Events sector professionals gathered yesterday, Wednesday 17 March, 2021, on Sillon beach in Saint Malo to mark the “anniversary” date of the sudden shutdown of the events industry.
This meeting co-organized by several business leaders from the events sector located in Brittany, France (SPACE Show in Rennes, ASTREVENT Group, Spectaculaires, Bosco agency, 3D Actions and Quai Saint-Malo) gathered more than 250 participants.
This rallying allowed us to meet up with professionals in the sector, to discuss together about the prospects of recovery of our activities and to get united to make our voices heard to avoid to relive a « lost year » like the one that has just passed. This action also served to remind people of the importance of the event industry in France and the diversity of the players that make it up.
The events sector is an essential link in our territories. Fairs and Exhibitions generate, in France, 34.5 billion € / year in business flows for the benefit of exhibiting companies. Events represent 20 billion € / year for the benefit of event production companies. Each year, they welcome 77 million participants (all events combined) and generate 455,000 event and tourism jobs.
This unprecedented and first-of-its-kind health crisis that we are all going through has made it impossible for a year to hold events in France. All scheduled events were gradually canceled and our sector ceased to operate.
Despite that … our sector is largely forgotten in government announcements regarding the framework and the prospects of recovery of our activities.
Of course, government aid allows us to survive … but for how long?
The inertia of our activity is such that we must now obtain recovery options guaranteed by imprescriptible security protocols and validated by the Government authorities. We absolutely have to live from our activities!
We need to be active in the resumption of our activities so as not to relive another year of worry and cascading cancellations of our events. We ask the Government to be associated with the work and the reflections concerning the holding of future gatherings. The implementation of our events, whatever their size and scope, requires anticipation and incompressible implementation deadlines.
We need to be active in the resumption of our activities to avoid to relive another year of worry and waterfall cancellations of our events. We ask the Government to be associated with the work and the reflections to open our future events. The setup of our events, whatever their size and scope, requires anticipation and incompressible implementation deadlines.
Event organizers, Technical service providers, Caterers, Stand builders, Receiving agencies, Event communication agency, Artists, Photographers, Temporary Show business worker, Reception and security agents, Exhibition center, Congress center, Reception venues…, we are all concerned. All our companies and our employees need a framework and prospects to continue to exist and to implement our skills recognized around the world.
We all need to find options for the pursuit of our professions in order to continue to contribute to the dynamics of the Breton territories, to preserve many jobs and to preserve part of our identity and Breton traditions!
We are ready and determined to get back to our activities while respecting the health protocols that will be in effect.
All together, the show must go on!