In the same week that the famous Royal Albert Hall, London’s most iconic venue situated in the north edge of South Kensington, celebrated 150 years in operation, the South African Events Industry was dealt a huge blow with the announcement of the closure of the TicketPro Dome.
For many, the Dome provided a memorable live concert experience as well as Events and Exhibitions that connected consumers with traders and contributed to the knowledge sharing economy of the country, from various industries these past 20 or so years.
The announcement earlier this week that the Dome is no more a live events, exhibition and trade show venue once again demonstrated the immense impact the pandemic has had on our industry.
This is the result of an industry prohibited from operating fully. The events industry has always been highly regulated. Adding the additional COVID-19 regulations that the industry has developed and demonstrated can work, we have shown government that we can work, meet, and trade safely.
We call for decisive leadership that aids the industry before we lose more venues and businesses within the sector. We are losing too many professionals already. If we do not act now, we will lose an entire industry.
We all want to get back to work. We are in a tight spot, and the stress takes its’ toll – but there’s light at the end of the tunnel – the vaccination programme seems to be gaining momentum daily.
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