IBC 2021 is set to go ahead as planned in September, with organisers saying they are focused on delivering “a fantastic event” at the RAI in Amsterdam.
However, the fall back dates for December are still in place, and an announcement on that is expected to be made in June. Organisers are asking the industry to keep their options open for both possible sets of dates.
The current dates for the show are 10th – 13th September with the fall-back option of December 3rd – 6th 2021.
IBC CEO Michael Crimp said organisers realise this year’s show might be the first large scale event many people have attended in a long time, and the team are putting lots of planning into that. We’re working closely with the city of Amsterdam and the RAI, monitoring changes as they evolve.
“The industry is telling us that people are keen to come together again after being apart for a long time. In the coming months, a number of factors will help us decide when the event can happen and in what format. From macro trends such as vaccine roll out and testing, to the willingness of our attendees to travel, we will take all things into consideration as we make those important decisions,” he added.
IBC said it is budgeting for exhibition space to be about 30 per cent less than in 2019, with the two pavilions not being used in 2021.
This year’s event will have more of a festival feel, said Crimp, with a perimeter to the site that will enable them to move around more freely. Attendees will have their temperatures checked before entering the perimeter, and will need to declare that they have recently passed a Covid test.
There will be no on-site registration for people who have not pre-registered.
Inside, the halls will have extra wide aisles and one-way for ease of access. IBC intends to use AI cameras to monitor capacity in each hall. Each exhibitor will be told of their stand capacity, with attendees being scanned in and out to monitor numbers.
Steve Connolly, head of sales at IBC, said support from the industry continues to be strong, with 30,000 sqm of stand space booked so far.
IBC will also run a digital platform for exhibitors alongside the physical event to enable them to promote products and book digital meetings.