The QEII Centre is getting ready to host events this autumn following the government’s announcement that the business meetings and events industry can re-open from October.
Between April and July, the QEII sales team secured a number of new national and international events for the end of 2020 and into 2021, including the Paradigm Shift Leadership Summit in October 2020 and the Global Excel Summit 2021 in April.
The booked events will generate circa £800k in additional revenue for the Centre and are estimated to contribute to the economy around £14.7m in Gross Expenditure, £6.9m in GVA.
Preparations based on new health and safety guidelines have also been made for the Centre’s re-opening and the QEII management team has consulted industry bodies and the UK government to help shape post Covid-19 venue operating guidelines, while also liaising with global competitors who are ahead of the UK in the Covid-19 pandemic infection cycle.
Measures made to reassure clients and delegates of a safe return to the Centre and event activity, include enhanced cleaning measures and physical distancing procedures incorporated into event planning. Catering operations have also been adapted to minimise contact whilst still delivering exceptional quality.
Other measures include the installation of thermal scanners at the entrances to the Centre to assess body temperatures for delegates, contractors and staff, enhanced signage, and physically distanced room layouts. Garment bags will also be used for coats placed in the cloakrooms to help stop contact between items.
An animated video has also been produced to walk clients and delegates through the measures and what to expect when returning to the Centre, which can be viewed here.