After a period of consultation with the industry and the impact of the ongoing pandemic, Integrated Systems Events announce that ISE, scheduled for 2-5 February, has been postponed and will now take place in June, dates to be confirmed, alongside a virtual offering.
Obviously, with the Superyacht Technology Conference being held at ISE this year, this means for us that unfortunately our event is also postponed. Joanna Palmer, Editor of Superyacht Technology News and Conference stated that “Although the postponement is disappointing, the health, wellbeing and comfort of all of our sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and visitors is paramount to us. We are happy that a decision to postpone has been made 5 months in advance of the date to reduce any upheaval to all involved”.
Jack Robinson, Founder and Managing Director of Superyacht Technology News and Conference stated: “We see huge benefits in the event now being held in June 2021 as there will be many more yachts in the Barcelona and Balearics area at that time of year.”
Integrated Systems Events released the following statement:
We have been monitoring the conditions in Europe since the beginning of this year and have worked hard on your behalf to balance health and safety concerns with the need for commerce and F2F interaction. These two factors have had shifting weight throughout the calendar year and although we’ve felt confident and hopeful regarding delivering this show in February, we’ve come to the conclusion that the best option for all of us is to delay the show edition until June 2021.
“The health and safety of our team, exhibiting companies, industry partners and attendees is our number one priority,” said Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events. “Given the understandable concerns among all of our stakeholders regarding coronavirus and the uncertainty regarding travel restrictions and country lockdowns, we have concluded it is not prudent to maintain our original schedule of an in-person February 2021 trade show.”
From our many conversations, it is clear the industry can’t wait to get back together doing business face to face and we are committed to delivering an engaging and safe in-person ISE in 2021. We feel by moving the event to June, it provides time for the industry to adapt and restore balance. We look forward to hosting the global AV community in our new home in Barcelona.
Fira de Barcelona chairman Pau Relat commented: “From Fira de Barcelona we highly value ISE’s strong commitment to Barcelona and, in moments as complex as the current ones, the decision to postpone the event for a few months in order to ensure the best possible edition with the largest international participation of companies and visitors, will be very positive both for attendees and for the city. We will keep on working together to ensure that a leading event such as the ISE has a great first edition in its new home in Barcelona in 2021.”
David Labuskes, CEO of AVIXA, commented “AVIXA is proud to be a partner with CEDIA in delivering ISE to the audiovisual industry each year. We full support ISE’s decision to postpone the first show in Barcelona until June 2021. This isn’t a trivial undertaking and has thousands of moving parts, but in making this decision, ISE reaffirms their commitment to the health of all those who participate in these events from the taxi cab driver to the exhibitor teams. And all of those same people will be even more committed to being a part of the extravaganza that ISE promises to be.”
Tabatha O’Connor, CEO, CEDIA added “We are eager to gather as a community once again at ISE 2021, the decision to postpone was made after careful and thorough consideration. We know moving the show to June will provide the time and resource needed to ensure the show is both safe to attend and can deliver on the exceptional experience that ISE is known for, fostering opportunities to learn, discover, and be inspired by the technology that is driving our industry forward.”
As we work together with all the relevant departments we will provide you with regular updates, including the confirmed new dates. We can not wait to see you in Barcelona in June 2021. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Jack or Jo.