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COVID-19 claims scalp of another industry expo

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 2:26 PM | Jack Cameron (Administrator)

Growing concerns about continued international and domestic travel restrictions have claimed the scalp of yet another defence industry expo, leaving 2021 to be a big year for Australia’s defence industry expo schedule.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on domestic and international travel, throwing conferences and industry conventions around the world out of order, now we have an answer for Australia’s Avalon International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition scheduled for 23-28 February 2021.

Ian Honnery, chief executive of AMDA Foundation, has issued a letter to all industry partners and exhibitors for the 2021 expo, citing the impact of the pandemic on “lengthy logistical lead times and uncertainty about availability of international travel would pose unacceptable risks to Avalon 2021 should it continue with its original February dates."

Mr Honnery said, “As a result, Avalon 2021, originally scheduled for 23-28 February, will be deferred to later in 2021, with timings in November being considered. Precise dates will be announced shortly.

“This deferral will provide certainty for partners, stakeholders, exhibitors and participants. It will also enable industry to focus on managing through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, knowing that Avalon 2021 in a November timing will confidently contribute to the regeneration of business development following the pandemic.”

“As the centrepiece of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Centenary celebrations, Avalon 2021 will have great national and international significance. Deferring Avalon 2021 to November will ensure the event serves its purpose as a powerful promotional and industry engagement forum on the way to business recovery and as a spectacular celebration of 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force.

“Strongly supported by the Royal Australian Air Force, the biennial Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (Avalon) is Australia’s own signature international aviation, aerospace and defence event.

“Organised by AMDA Foundation Ltd, it is a premium international platform for engagement between industry, Defence, government and academia and universally regarded as one of the world’s great air shows. Avalon 2021 will ‘take Australia to the world, by bringing the world to Australia’,” Honnery added. 

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