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We appreciate that during this globally challenging time any planned meetings in the short-term are being postponed or moved to virtual platforms. At ICMS Australasia (ICMSA) six of our affected clients now have new dates that will occur in a window of September 2020 until June 2021. We are very grateful to our venue partners, suppliers and stakeholders to facilitate the transition of these events. Working collaboratively with our clients to ensure their meetings will achieve the objectives as set out at the commencement of our journey is at the forefront of our team. One of our long-standing client’s, the University of Melbourne, worked with us to move their entire 1,400 attendee event in June this year to a virtual platform. This event was such a success that we have been nominated as a Finalist for the Australian Event of the Year Awards being decided in October. Exciting times!

Meanwhile, planning continues for our portfolio of events scheduled for 2021 and beyond. Our teams in Sydney and Brisbane are back working together and we continue to meet with our Local Organising Committees via online platforms. Melbourne remains in working from home mode, but we are hopeful they are soon able to return to the office when it is safe to do so.

I’d like to take this opportunity to reinforce that ICMSA is the longest established Professional Conference Organiser in Australia, now in our 54th year. Our strength is in our decades of experience in dealing with crises that can affect the business events industry. The ICMSA forward calendar is in an extremely strong position. We have 15 conferences confirmed in 2021 that will attract over 13,000 delegates, in 2022 we have seven confirmed conferences hosting over 11,000 delegates and in 2023 we have six confirmed conferences totalling more than 9,000 delegates.

ICMSA has complete confidence in our business model knowing we will weather this current crisis. All of our 35 staff remain in pre-COVID19 employment conditions ensuring the high quality of service we are renowned for.

We will be ready for our clients to deliver benchmark events in-person again when restrictions are lifted.

Yours sincerely,

Emma Bowyer
Managing Director
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