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INDUSTRY UPDATE: Survey Results & COVID Media Release

07 September 2020

Thanks again to all who participated in our latest industry survey issued alongside CINZ, EVANZ, ETNZ & NZPA, thanks also to Eventfinda and AuSAE who reached out to their audiences.

Key findings from our joint survey (361 organisations responding):

  • 20,000 events have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.
  • Employers have cut their workforce by 35% from pre-COVID-19 staffing levels.

Key findings from our NZEA-only survey (214 organisations responding)

  • 84% of the respondents were corporate, NFP or charitable organisations.
  • 74% foresee a major impacts on their business if alert levels keep changing (including possible future lockdowns)
  • The main challenges foreseen by the industry for the next six months are:
    • 92% Lack of certainty - due to unknown future alert levels
    • 82% Requirements under alert level not workable for my event/s
    • 64% Lower number of attendees
    • 57% Events not ‘worth’ the financial risk - with insurance not covering for COVID-19 cancellation
    • 54% Lack of funding (Sponsorship, councils, trusts & gaming machines)
    • 48% Closed borders
    • 34% Lack of requests / leads
  • 67% intend to implement the Voluntary Code for Events (‘COVID Code’) of which 30% would like to use the ‘COVID Code logo’ (noting that some will stick with their own in-house procedures and policies).
  • We have estimated COVID-19 related financial loss to the events sector over the period of March-August 2020 is in excess of NZ $570 million

Thank you once again to Touchpoint Group for kindly assisting us with their AI tool to collate the data.

Continued Alert Level Uncertainty Takes Toll On NZ’s Events Sector

Thanks to your input we are able to carry on our advocacy work for the sector with today's media release. Click here to read the full release.

Domestic Events Fund outcomes

200 events received a share of just under $10 million from the Domestic Events Fund (DEF), with recipients announced last week. The cash injection will come as a welcome relief to recipients and their suppliers enabling many events to proceed where otherwise they would not have.

Half of the DEF funding going to the events will be passed on as early payments to the critical event supply chain, ensuring support reaches beyond the event organisers as soon as possible. Click here for the full list of DEF recipients.

While this is positive to those events that received funding, MBIE has advised that the fund received more than 400 applications, of which half have been approved for support. We will keep advocating for more targeted support for the events industry.

Events at Alert Level 2

New Zealand is at Alert Level 2 until at least 11:59pm on Wednesday 16 September, with extra restrictions for the Auckland region.

Controlled events may take place with multiple groups of 100 in Auckland, and the rest of New Zealand, provided they are clearly separated into 'defined spaces'. The person in control of the defined spaces must have systems in place to ensure that the separate gatherings do not intermingle. For full details please see the New Zealand Major Events website and the COVID-19 website.

Useful tool

The WHO mass gathering COVID-19 risk assessment tool may be of interest to those looking for more resources to inform your COVID-19 planning.

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