The IFSA Chair has today announced that in light of an offer of alternative dates from RDS, a decision has been taken by the IFSA board to reschedule CATEX to the later dates of 2nd – 4th November 2021. This decision has been taken for several reasons.
The RDS, who remain extremely supportive of the show, contacted the board with the November slot which only recently become available.
While all indicators point to a gradual reopening of the economy in the 3rd and 4th quarters of the year, the later dates give an additional number of weeks for the progression of the vaccine rollout and the lifting of public health restrictions.
Assuming that restrictions on hospitality will be lifted in mid-late summer, the November dates give the sector a chance to return to some form of normal trading ahead of the show.
November dates will give exhibitors an opportunity to profile Christmas 2021 and Spring 2022 product offerings.
In light of the ongoing uncertainty which COVID brings to us all and for the reasons outlined above, this move ensures, in as much as possible, that the industry can benefit from a much needed trade event in 2021.
Our event partners, Eventhaus ltd, have been in direct communication with both the Department of Enterprise and Employment and the Department of Health over recent months drafting a set of robust protocols and guidelines (see attached) for the safe return of trade fairs and exhibitions. This work has led the Government to include provision for the return of trade fairs and exhibitions once the Country and County are in either Level 1 or Level 2.