Uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on Victoria has forced the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) to reschedule its Australian Auto Aftermarket and Collision Repair Expo to 7 – 9 April, 2022 instead of the originally publicised date of 29 April to 1 May, 2021. The event’s longstanding venue, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, will remain unchanged.
The AAAA Board has unanimously agreed that rescheduling the Expo would be the most prudent and safest approach given the likelihood and severity of the risks that have emerged.
“We are committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved with the Expo, our member businesses, event management teams, visitors and the broader industry,” said AAAA CEO Stuart Charity.
“Our recent experience with the Metropolitan Melbourne Stage 4 lockdown has reinforced that the future of this pandemic holds many unknowns. Any further waves of infection in Victoria, or elsewhere in Australia, could result in government-imposed lockdowns that could pull the event from under our feet with little or no notice. With an event of this scope and scale, the consequences of a forced cancellation produced an unacceptable level of risk to all our event stakeholders.”
Alternative activities to bring the industry together safely for networking and learning opportunities during 2021 being planned and further updates will be provided in due course.”
“The AAAA will make good use of the longer than usual lead-up to the 2022 Expo to design and deliver a spectacular milestone event for the aftermarket industry, promised Mr Charity.
“We will be back bigger and better than ever and cannot wait for you to join us in person in 2022.”