Clarion Gaming is hosting a webinar at 10:30am GMT on Friday 17 December to discuss hosting ICE and iGB Affiliate London in a Covid-19 safe environment.
I hope you are keeping well and business continues to move forward.
I wanted to take this opportunity to address the current Covid situation and, most recently, the change in entry requirements to the UK following the discovery of the new Omicron variant, which I appreciate may have caused some concern.
As you may have seen, as a precautionary measure, the UK government has now implemented a requirement for all international visitors to take a PCR test on arrival and to self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
Importantly, while this additional step requires some planning, it should not be an inhibitor to travel.
Current evidence in the UK suggests international live events have continued to run successfully this week, with rapid testing provided at delegate hotels providing results in as little as three hours.
While this new measure isn’t ideal, it is also on the understanding that it is temporary and is due to be reviewed in the next two weeks.
It is reasonable to assume, then, that these additional measures may not be in place next February for ICE if the Omicron variant is found to be no more severe than Delta, but if the measures do remain, we believe they should be relatively easy to incorporate into travel plans.
It has not in any sense slowed registrations this week, which continue to track strongly +11% vs. the same period in 2020.
Despite this recent development, we remain totally focused on delivering ICE London for the international gaming industry in February next year as planned. However, we will utilise the next seven days to monitor the government’s analysis of this variant and make further assessments should that be required.
We believe the UK is in a very strong position to host international visitors, and with the ongoing successful rollout of vaccinations and boosters, we have in place a level of defence that continues to withstand all current challenges.
If you have any particular concerns or challenges, please do not hesitate to contact either myself, Alex Pratt (group managing director), or your individual account manager. We would be pleased to hear from you directly – our contact details are readily available below.
Gaming managing director
Group managing director
Clarion Gaming is hosting a webinar at 10:30am GMT on Friday 17 December, in which managing director Stuart Hunter and head of operations Richard Logan will discuss hosting ICE and iGB Affiliate London in a Covid-19 safe environment.
Discover what measures Clarion will be putting in place to create a safe and comfortable experience, and understand what attendees need to do to access the show.
There will also be the opportunity for you to ask questions as Stuart and Richard open up the floor to the audience. Attendees, exhibitors and contractors are all invited to attend.