Events Industry Council launches COVID-19 recovery task force

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Events Industry Council has announced the members of the APEX COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force, an inclusive body that will work toward providing resources supporting the industry’s global recovery.

“We are seeing a number of comprehensive industrywide efforts focused on developing standards to ensure the safety and wellness of attendees, as well as the duty of care protocols essential to reinforce attendee confidence in attending live business events,” said Paul Van Deventer, chair of the Events Industry Council. “The work of this task force is crucial to curate those efforts and present them in a comprehensive way that translates into practical solutions for professionals across our eco-system.”

According to council co-chair Michael Dominguez, the task force’s sub-groups will follow a process looking at resources, gaps, stakeholders, policies, and procedures, the 360-degree attendee/customer experience, and risk management guidelines.

The task force plans to meet bi-weekly and will share updates as its work progresses.

It will follow two parallel paths: the first will address the immediate need for guidance on accepted practices and work already underway to reopen the industry when it is safe to do so; the second will address the long-term need to examine adaptation and transformation for the future stability of the industry’s workforce, and its relevance and resiliency.

“We are a global industry of 26 million professionals who fundamentally believe in the value of face-to-face meetings,” said Events Industry Council CEO Amy Calvert. “We know the impact we have on the communities we serve, and we are grounded in our common beliefs and commitment to social responsibility and sustainable practices.

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