Obviously cities can take specific measures, such as reducing or even cancelling the overnight stay tax for delegates. Visit Antwerp’s Manager Business Development agrees with Bart Candaele that there are also benefits to this crisis.
“The business community and the city have been very flexible during this crisis. Instead of obstinately enforcing the rules and regulations, we realised that everyone would have to put on their thinking cap and start from scratch. I really enjoyed seeing this dynamic and being part of the experience. I truly hope that this flexibility will be maintained.”
“Another bonus: the city’s service and that of service providers is now even better tailored to the needs of the associations and the PCOs. We are in a perfect position to play an intermediary role since the city stands between these clients and the providers. We know what clients want and can help providers with the practical translation. If an association or PCO prefers a hybrid meeting format, we know exactly whom to involve in this. Another example: we can help find conference sponsors thanks to our contacts with the business community. I truly believe that the authorities can play an important role for the conference industry in the future.”