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Firenze Fiera’s Plans to Kick-Start Events Safely

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Florence, 13th May 2020. While waiting for the Official Protocol including all the Government guidelines to reopen its congress and exhibition centre, Firenze Fiera is gearing up to be ready for the resumption of events.

The basic rules to implement when venues will be reopened have already been prepared – health check, social distancing, use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment, cleaning and sanitizing all the areas. To check safety standards and their related protocols, a Task Force was set up, formed by a  multidisciplinary team of physicians experienced in the field of hygiene and biohazard, lawyers in charge of constantly monitoring the development in standards, and fair representatives experts in the site and event management.

Once emergency will be over, the premises of the Florence congress and exhibition centre will once again be one of the most charming and extraordinary locations in Italy to organise on-site fairs and congresses, offering a completely renovated setting, as well as unique, emotional and high-tech spaces. Meanwhile, Firenze Fiera’s staff rescheduled all the events planned for these months in safety. Many of them have already been moved to the second half of 2020.

Among them, Pitti Immagine Uomo no.98, set to take place from 2nd to 4th September, and Pitti Immagine Bimbo no.90, on schedule from 9th to 10th September, while MIDA – the 84th International Artisan Fair – will take place from 16th to 20th December 2020.

As far as medical-scientific congresses are concerned, new dates were arranged for the 94th SIDEMAST Congress (Italian Society of Dermatology) – from 3rd to 6th November at the Fortezza da Basso. The 19th Gynecological Endocrinology World Congress 2020 will take place in this same venue from 2nd to 5th December 2020.

While waiting for Phase 2, a VIRTUAL MEETING ROOM was set up inside Palazzo dei Congressi. Set to remain operational even after the end of the emergency, it is a real ‘television studio’ connected  to a powerful streaming service, which allows to record and broadcast high quality speakers’ presentations and multimedia contents with professional cameras for an audience of global users remotely connected through laptops, tablets, or smartphones.

New versatile and adaptable high-tech formats are being studied, functional to the new emerging scenarios of the congress and exhibition sector after the pandemic, particularly in the first place, when on-site events will have necessarily to be integrated with the full potential and performances offered by the digital world. Virtual booths are also being experimented, to be associated with the ‘real’ ones, and which will be particularly used in the next months by international buyers and professionals for BTB events and international congresses.

According to the last data provided by FEDERCONGRESSI&EVENTI, the events sector has a direct impact of no less than 36.2 billion euros/year on the Italian GDP and employs 569,000 workers. The national and international events organised in Italy every year are 500,000 in total, with 30 million of participants. Many of these events have a high added value of contents and institutional, scientific and economic relations. The indirect impact of this sector is also crucial, playing a key role to support the internationalisation of Italian companies (fairs), territories and training (congresses).