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IAEE Publishes Expert-Driven White Paper for Reopening Trade Shows and Exhibitions in a Post-Pandemic Era

TSE Staff

DALLAS – Show management has another useful tool to use when planning and producing exhibitions as states and venues reopen. The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) has released a white paper titled Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events, Version One.

Spearheaded by the IAEE Health and Safety Task Force, which is comprised of industry leaders, the white paper is available to all industry professionals for free. The white paper lays out essential concepts for safeguarding shows as the nation and world navigates through the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.

“It is important to remember that we are operating within a fluid situation and the information will be changing,” emphasized IAEE Health and Safety Task Force Chairperson Tim McGuinness and is an IAEE Board Director. McGuinness is the Vice President of Global Trade Expositions at International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) whose RECon, the Global Retail Real Estate Convention show ranked number 12 on TSE’s 2019 Gold 100 with 840,000 nsf. “We will be updating this document as we learn from COVID-19, and even moving beyond this particular health crisis.”

The task force developed the proposed considerations with experts like the highly touted Global Biorisk Advisory Council or GBAC.

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“Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events was a measured and thoughtful endeavor we undertook to provide a meaningful framework for the exhibitions community to refer to when reopening shows. IAEE’s Health and Safety Task Force teamed with associations across the industry to collaborate with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council in order to make sure we are applying the best information available to us as this most recent pandemic progresses,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “Our members and the worldwide exhibitions community look to IAEE to be the gold standard in creating a framework that has been carefully vetted and that relies upon collaborations with trusted industry organization.”

Outside of health and safety, the other areas of focus in the white paper include communication, education, awareness, exhibition and event operations, convention center cleaning and prevention Measures and legal considerations.

A widerange of industry organizations support IAEE’s approach. These supporting organizations include the Experiential Designers and Producers Association (EDPA); Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA); Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association (EACA); Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA); International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM); Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO); and United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

To download IAEE’s Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events, Version One, visit:

Reach Tim McGuinness at (646) 728-3800 or; David DuBois at (972) 458-8002 or

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