Congress Rental Network, shows that confirmation time for events has dropped on average to two weeks – with occasions as short as two days.
Panagiotis Podimatas from PC Podimatas in Greece, chairman of the CRN comments: “Perhaps a decade ago you could plan events three or four years down the line, but now given the fast pace of business and phenomenal improvement in transport and communication facilities, the confirmation time for most events is down to two weeks. This means we have to be always on the move, manage our resources effectively and respond to ever changing client requirements.”
Panagiotis continues with a recent example: “Recently we had a request to supply equipment for the annual EU-GCC conference at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi but our member was only given two days notice. An event of this size is a real challenge, requiring eight large and three standard sized interpretation booths, 400 receivers and 80 delegate microphones. Due to prior commitments and resource locations these needed to be flown 2,000 miles from Vienna to Dubai, then transported by land to Abu Dhabi for set-up within 48 hours of confirmation.”