Event industry coming to terms with snap public holiday.
The snap public holiday to mark the “National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen” – yes that is what the holiday is officially known as – is having a severe impact on the event industry.
Events planned for next Thursday will now incur unbudgeted costs for staff penalty rates.
ASE ran a quick check with some venues and event producers and we found that while larger venues and events are absorbing the cost others are passing it on.
A number of venues are reporting that events are being cancelled or postponed out of respect for the day of mourning.
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Typical of the rolling effect is the case of Oz Comic Con at Sydney Showground. The exhibition shell scheme was due to be bumped in on Thursday (a very labour intensive project). Expertise Events have negotiated with the Showground to bring the bump in forward to Wednesday and then lock the venue down on Thursday with the exhibitors moving in on Friday as planned.
Gary FitzRoy told ASE the Showground have been very accommodating but the momentum of start stop and start again will affect the bump in. He also said any additional costs cannot be passed onto the exhibitors as they are mostly small business and have already paid for their stand.
I was discussing the situation with a client who is a lawyer and asked why the holiday could not have been held on the following Sunday (with less disruption) – apparently the day of mourning has to be scheduled as soon as the King’s representative, the Governor-General, arrives back in Australia. Surely it would have been cheaper for the economy to pay for the G-G to spend a few more days in London.
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And beyond penalty rates, Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) CEO Alexi Boyd says some sectors may be hamstrung by commitments they made months in advance.
“We’re also hearing from the events industry, for example,” she added.
“They’ve got fixed contracts, they’ve got fixed ticket prices. What do they do with less than two weeks notice? And they may experience losses as a result as well.”
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