The Audiovisual Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) has issued a letter to the AV community regarding the postponement of InfoComm 2021. The event, originally scheduled from June 12-18, will now take place from October 23-29 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando FL.
The announcement letter was signed by AVIXA CEO David Labuskes. “I hope that you are entering the new year with a renewed sense of purpose and determination,” he wrote. “Although I have truly missed seeing you in person, it has been with great pride that I have watched our industry not only come together, but to lead others through technologies and innovation. It has also been with a sense of accomplishment that AVIXA has been able to take part in connections all over the world such as ISE, InfoComm Connected, InfoComm India, InfoComm China, Congreso, Integrated Systems Russia, Integrate Australia and D=SIGN.
Throughout my tenure, AVIXA has been committed to two fundamental priorities: to be the hub of the AV professional community and to act as a catalyst for growth for the AV market. While a global pandemic has forced all of us to examine the methods and tools we previously took for granted, it has not diverted us from the obligation to deliver on these foundational promises. I recognize the vital role that InfoComm plays in these priorities, in bringing the community together for sharing thought leadership, exploring emerging technologies and of course the gathering of our industry in person. With this in mind, AVIXA has continued to monitor the vaccine rollout, economic indicators, travel restrictions, and the show community to better gauge overall trends and future conditions for holding a major event in the US in June of 2021.
A commitment to delivering a platform for commerce, learning and camaraderie drove us to consider alternative dates that would elevate the likelihood of achieving these goals considering the current conditions. In January, after receiving an opportunity to explore new dates, we gathered key stakeholder feedback and industry opinion, where we received overwhelming support for a postponement. As excited as the community is about the show, and as hopeful and optimistic as we remain in combating the pandemic, it is believed that the US will be further along in the battle against the pandemic by October than in June.”
In the interim, Labuskes also promised AVIXA would continue to bring those in the industry programming, education, and opportunities for engagement and networking. He also assured followers that Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) and InfoComm would “do everything possible” to bring attendees safe events.
“Since the early months of this global crisis, we have done our best to prioritize the long-term interests of our AVIXA members and InfoComm community across the pro AV industry. We have not made this decision to postpone lightly and have relied on a great deal of feedback from the InfoComm show community, and we are grateful to you for engaging with us and supporting this decision,” Labuskes concluded.
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