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Covid-19 & Events Update

Published 01 March 2020
Last update: 10 March 2020

Postponed events:

  • Forum de l’Investissement Hôtelier Africain - FIHA postponed to: 7-9 July 2020 - Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire, Côte d'Ivoire visit FIHA website
  • Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, AHIC postponed to: 21-22 September 2020 - Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE visit AHIC website

As of now, all other conferences and forums by Bench Events are taking place as scheduled - please revisit this page for updates.

We are actively monitoring the current outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. We are closely assessing the situation and are working with relevant authorities to ensure the safety of all our attendees.

Sponsors and delegates are advised to refer to the guidelines and protocols as suggested by the WHO and your local public health authorities to gain an understanding of how to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus.

Travel advice at the moment is varying from country to country, so please ensure checking the latest advice and entry guidelines that applies to your respective country of travel. International travel advise as published by the WHO is available here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice

We will not allow attendees travelling from high-risk countries to attend, and are actively assessing participants to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event.

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will follow up with customers as there are further developments. If you have any specific event questions, please feel free to contact our team at ali.shahid@benchevents.com so we may assist you with more information.

Recommendation for international travelers (Source: WHO, 29 February 2020)

It is prudent for travellers who are sick to delay or avoid travel to affected areas, in particular for elderly travellers and people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions.

General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travellers. These include:

Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred if hands are not visibly soiled; wash hands with soap and water when they are visibly soiled;

Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene;

Refrain from touching mouth and nose. A medical mask is not required if exhibiting no symptoms, as there is no evidence that wearing a mask – of any type – protects non-sick persons. However, in some cultures, masks may be commonly worn. If masks are to be worn, it is critical to follow best practices on how to wear, remove and dispose of them and on hand hygiene after removal.