After a two-year interval the Entertainment, Attractions & Gaming International Expo (EAG) will return to ExCeL London on January 11-13, 2022. The event’s organizers are reporting that the floor space is almost sold out and a high level of visitor interest from both the UK and overseas.
For Organizer Karen Codd, the overriding consideration is the safety and welfare of each and every one of the show’s participants: “We’re delighted at the response to EAG 2022 and we’re anticipating a bumper event. I should stress, however, that events in the UK are now operating under a raft of new restrictions and protocols designed to protect us all during the current COVID pandemic.
“I wish to reassure everyone that we’ve been collaborating with exhibitors, contractors and, of course, ExCeL management to ensure that EAG 2022 will take place in a COVID-safe way, conforming to the latest Government and Industry protocols.
“Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and we ask for patience and tolerance in complying with the safety measures that have been introduced. The show will have a different feel from previous years, but most of us are already only too familiar with the type of measures that have been put in place. The ExCeL campus has a great inherent advantage in that show visitors can stay and dine close-by, avoiding the need for public transport during the three days at ExCeL,” assures Codd.
To gain access to ExCeL, visitors will be required to present proof of double vaccination, COVID-19 antibodies, or proof of a negative lateral flow test taken within the previous 48 hours. UK visitors can use their NHS COVID-Pass and international visitors the equivalent from their country of origin. There will be an antigen testing facility on site and the wearing of face masks is advised throughout ExCeL unless the visitor is exempt.
Visitor registration for EAG International 2022 will be online with attendees printing their own badge, ready for contactless scanning at the exhibition hall entrance.
ExCeL staff have been trained to deliver enhanced cleaning procedures with specific focus on touch points, whilst washrooms will have their own dedicated team and will benefit from entry control systems. Exhibitors have been asked to prioritize hygiene and safety when designing and operating their stands. Showgoers can take comfort in the knowledge that ExCeL has uprated its ventilation system and will be monitoring air quality to avoid overcrowding.
Codd continues: “For many visitors, EAG International may be the first large-scale event for some time, and we’re keen to ensure that they can relax in the knowledge that every detail has been scrutinized.
“That way we can all enjoy getting on with business and a long overdue catch-up with industry colleagues and friends. After all, that’s exactly what EAG International is about.”