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Learnings from KINTEX hosting the first exhibition after COVID-19

Gwen Kaufmann - Wednesday, May 20, 2020    

Learnings from KINTEX hosting the first exhibition after COVID-19

The 53rd MBC Construction Expo, organised by PEO Dong-A Fairs, was the first exhibition to be held at KINTEX since the Korean government shifted its social distancing campaign to a more relaxed "distancing in daily life". It took place from May 8 to 11, 2020 with a thorough set of contingency measures. In preparation for the opening, nearby hospitals and quarantine authorities were notified of the event in advance in order to gain their cooperation. Both the PEO and KINTEX agreed that the PEO would primarily manage the hall entrance and inside the hall itself, while KINTEX would primarily be responsible for managing the venue entrance and lobby area. More than 50 employees in total from both companies were dedicated to quarantine activities for the days of the show. In total, more than 45,000 visitors came to the show. Exhibitors were very satisfied with the number and quality of visitors even though the number of visitors decreased from 100,000 visitors recorded in the previous year. The long admission line was a challenge that was addressed by opening up an empty hall for redirecting visitors in order to eliminate congestion in the lobby area and dispatching more personnel to the admission area. The show ended without incident, however the issues discovered during this event will be analysed and a more thorough prevention plan developed and implemented at future shows. Depending on the size and nature of the event, additional contingency measures may be needed. That said, with thorough cooperation between the venue and the organiser, events can continue to be held in the era of COVID-19. (kf)


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