Coronavirus alert forces Sydney expo postponement

By Sarah Stowe | 13 Mar 2020 View comments

The Franchising & Business Opportunities Sydney expo will be postponed until later this year, following the rapid escalation of the coronavirus alert.

Showing just how fast government advice is being updated, the decision to postpone comes right after yesterday’s confirmation by Specialised Events the expo would go ahead unless official advice dictated a change of plan.

Exhibition manager Fiona Stacey said today “Updated government advice and feedback from exhibitors has made the decision inevitable. The safety of exhibitors and visitors is the top priority and we believe this is the right decision given the circumstances”. 

The show will now run from 13-14 November 2020 at the ICC Sydney. The floorplan and special events will all roll over to the new dates. 

Stacey said “It is a very challenging time but I know we will get through this together and bounce back stronger than ever. I honestly believe franchising and events like this will be an important part of the recovery”. 

FCA backs Sydney expo postponement

Mary Aldred from the Franchise Council of Australia said she supported the decision to postpone. 

“We have worked closely with the organisers to navigate this evolving situation. This will allow the industry to focus on their people and start planning for the recovery. Everyone is impacted and we have to work together to find the best way forward”. 

When asked about the cost of moving the show Stacey said Specialised Events was committed to the long-term success of the show and would be running a whole new campaign for visitors.

“Everyone is impacted and we just have to roll up our sleeves and get on with it,” she said.

The Franchising Expo is also scheduled for Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne later this year. Organisers say these events are still on track but will be monitored closely.

Visitors are advised to visit the website for more information.