COVID-19 has paralyzed the exhibits and events industry and, as a result, has created a ripple effect of issues and challenges every segment of the exhibit and events industry.

Yet there doesn’t seem to be much coverage in national or local media for the devastating effect that the pandemic has caused for our industry. More than 6 million jobs rely on events and it generates more than $400 billion in direct spending annually but that seems to have missed the attention of the media. Recognizing that there are other compelling stories that have grabbed the nation’s attention, the EACA is interested to do whatever it can to raise awareness nationwide about our plight.

This program discusses possible courses of action for creating a surge of awareness in all media, national and local, for the impact that COVID-19 has had on the events industry.