by Alex Palmer | June 22, 2020
As trade show organizers seek reliable guidance on how to hold large-scale events safely as they are allowed to return, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events has released a detailed white paper that lays out guidelines for almost every aspect of exhibition planning. Titled "Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events, Version One", the 35-page document was created in partnership with the guidance of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council and industry organizations, including the Society of Independent Show Organizers and International Association of Venue Managers, covering areas from attendee hygiene to signage to event operations.

"Although we are eager to get back to our usual face-to-face business environment, safety must be the top priority and we must look to the science and medical communities for the best ways to go about producing our shows," said IAEE president and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. "IAEE's Health and Safety Task Force teamed with associations across the industry to collaborate with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council in order to make sure we are applying the best information available to us as this most recent pandemic progresses."

The white paper's authors emphasized that the guidelines are meant to provide a general overview and will have to be tailored to each individual event - the audience, industry, venue and destination must all be taken into consideration when instituting these practices, and with the understanding that the pandemic situation remains fluid. To see some of the best practices IAEE suggests, read the full story on