for the recovery, meet at the start of the school year

First to land, last to get up? The events sector, which collapsed within days of the onset of the health crisis in March 2020, will certainly be one of the last to get on the train of economic recovery. A blow for a sector which claimed before the crisis 41,000 employees and ten times more indirect jobs, according to the French Union of event professions (Unimev). Since the outbreak of Covid-19, 18.1% of jobs have been destroyed, according to a survey of 1,100 member companies.

After a catastrophic year for the sector, which in the previous world organized 1,200 trade fairs and fairs, 2,800 congresses and 380,000 corporate and institutional events per year, the sector is trying somehow to recover, despite many uncertainties.

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“If resumed there is, it will be at the start of the school year », believes Julie Failler, director of Oscar, a company Nantes ticket office and badges. “Summer is the time of culture, not of events. ” If the gradual lifting of health measures will have allowed certain events to take place in June, notably with the holding in a hybrid format (face-to-face and on the Internet) from Viva Technology (VivaTech), only “About 15% of the events that usually take place in June may have taken place”, according to Xavier Albizzati, manager of EDDP. This decoration and furniture specialist, who has lost 70% of his activity for fifteen months, relies on September, October and November to rebuild his health.

Confusion for caterers

Because if these two companies start to receive requests for quotes, especially for large conferences, ” for the moment everyone remains very careful “. As for conventions and seminars, “ they should not resume before November ”, estimates M. Albizzati.

And again, everything is suspended upon arrival ” new variants, and changing weather at this time, which would prevent us from scheduling major events outside if sanitary restrictions are imposed again “, Advance Mme Fail. Since 1is July, the health pass is required for any event bringing together 800 indoor visitors or 1,000 indoor visitors at the same time, exhibitors not included. “Bar tables” (cocktails or snacks), previously prohibited, are now allowed outside. However, the government has not yet commented on their indoor outfit, causing confusion for caterers: “Some people talk about the crisis in the past tense, but we still talk about it in the present tense. ”

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