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Miami, Here We Come!

It’s true. Catersource + The Special Event has opened registration for the July 19–22, 2021 co-located conference and tradeshow in Miami Beach, FL.

We are slightly ahead of schedule but also could not hold off any longer! We’re too excited. Nervous too, of course, because we don’t know what the future holds for our industry a year from now, six months, even three months. But we choose to be optimistic and move forward assuredly. Here’s why: just as the pandemic of 1918–1919 and economic depression gave way to the flush-with-money-and-parties Roaring Twenties, we must embrace the positive and be confident that our industry will recover and see a similar decade of growth and prosperity.

To that end, our tradeshows had a strong rebook in March 2020, and more companies are signing on as the weeks pass. In light of COVID, many of our exhibitors will have new offerings to show, in support of your need to keep your guests at the events you execute safe, well fed, and entertained. Additionally, almost 600 educational sessions across a swath of tracks were proposed to the conference directors. We will winnow those down to the best and brightest, as well as reach out beyond those submissions for anything we feel is missing. We should start to populate the conference website with confirmed sessions toward the end of Q4.

We also have placed diversity and inclusion at the heart of our show, to ensure that everyone feels welcome.

Are you thinking, perhaps, that you should sit out 2021 and wait until 2022? Let me ask you this: do you want to see your business rebound in 2021 or do you want to wait until 2022 to see that?

Our goal is to create the most meaningful and impactful gathering of the event and catering industries in July 2021. It is really important that we all get together in a safe environment to share best practices, discuss world changing challenges and opportunities, and grow stronger together for a more profitable future. As we always do, we will want to lean on each other and learn new tactics for success.

One of the most important Return on Investments is the relationships you build on site. You will meet new people, trade ideas and business cards—and afterward you might have that new friend to dial up when you need advice about a challenge you are facing. In our world, relationships are everything!

Finally, we will also place your safety at the heart of our event.

Catersource + The Special Event will be organized in accordance with parent company Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standard. As the world’s leading events organizer, Informa has developed a detailed set of enhanced measures to provide the highest levels of hygiene and safety at its events, providing everyone with reassurance and confidence they are participating in a safe and controlled environment. 

All Informa events are run according to official government and local authority guidance in the first instance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations. In addition, we will follow the 10 Informa AllSecure priority commitments. Wherever applicable and possible, our events will also apply the fuller range of standards and guidelines described in the Informa AllSecure guidebook

As we move closer to show time, we will keep you updated on precautions in place and status of any additional measures that need to be taken.

This is what gathering as an industry is all about. This is why we are #eventstrong. Join us in Miami Beach!

 

Kathleen Stoehr

Kathleen Stoehr is the Director of Community & Content Strategy for Informa Connect | Catersource and Special Events magazines, including all digital content for both websites and e-newsletter products. She also vets, hires, guides and coordinates all live education at Catersource Conference & Tradeshow, Art of Catering Food, Leading Caterers of America Executive Summit, and bridge content at The Special Event.