A statement from GHI's Conference Chairman

Happy New Year and we wish you a resurgence in volumes in 2021.

We wanted to draw your attention to an important decision to bring forward the 22nd Annual GHI Conference, Bella Center, Copenhagen from our original dates of 29 November-1 December 2021 to 13-15 September 2021.

This move has not been taken lightly, but it is guided by a spirit of stakeholder collaboration and made in close consultation with the aviation community that we serve.

Why have we moved dates?

Firstly, we note a growing desire among many of you to meet up again in-person at the earliest opportunity once it is safe and feasible to do so. GHI understands that you will want to maximise early chances to conduct face-to-face business again by meeting with as wide a range of your peers as possible. So, advancing our largest, flagship conference with the greatest networking opportunities to a date when we believe conditions will allow physical gatherings makes good sense. The approval and ongoing roll out of multiple Covid vaccines gives us confidence in achieving the September dates.  

Secondly, we are aware of an increasingly congested aviation events calendar in the late autumn. And in close dialogue with our Industry Advisory Panel comprising senior leaders at key airline, ground handler and aviation suppliers, we understand that an earlier date would help ease the strain on stakeholders who find resources under great pressure as a result of the pandemic. It’s time to walk the walk with stakeholder collaboration!

Many of our key supporters will traditionally attend all three events and the prospect of having to do so in quick succession when time and resources are being pressured like never before simply makes no sense. So as it is within our power to alleviate some of the strain by moving the Annual Conference to a less crowded slot then we believe it is the right decision to do so.

Please note that we have been in close dialogue with our Industry Advisory Panel, comprising senior leaders at key airline, ground handler and aviation suppliers, throughout and the panel has recommended our chosen course of action. It’s time to walk the walk with stakeholder collaboration!

We’d also like to stress that this is a one off for 2021 and we will be returning the Annual Conference to its usual place at the end of November/early December from 2022 onwards.

Thanks for your support. Long live stakeholder collaboration and see you, in person, at the Bella Center, Copenhagen this September.

If you are interested in attending as a delegate, exhibitor or sponsor then please contact us at conferences@groundhandling.com to discuss available opportunities.

Location

Bella Center, Copenhagen - 13-15 September 2021