The annual Hotel, Restaurant and Catering (HRC) event has been postponed until February 2022, due to a “lack of guidance and clarity from the government” regarding when business events can restart.
Ronda Annesley, a HRC event manager, stated that “after long discussions” with industry stakeholders and key partners they had to postpone the event. She added that the decision came despite introducing a new risk-assessment based framework for Covid-19, and planning for the “highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness”.
The trade show was originally set to take place in London’s Excel centre in March 2021, and is one of the largest events in the hospitality industry.
Annesley said: “We felt extremely confident that we could deliver a safe and secure live event for the tens of thousands of hospitality industry professionals that look forward to the show each year.
“We are devastated that we will not be able to play our part next year in helping the hospitality industry recover from the catastrophic consequences of the pandemic in a face to face format.”
She added: “However, we are currently investigating numerous ways in which we can continue to support and connect with the hospitality industry throughout 2021 and beyond, and hope to make an announcement around this in the near future.”
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