Coronavirus: information for our delegates

2 April 2020 - A statement from the GHI team on the 13th Asian Conference

Due to the escalating Covid-19 pandemic and the devastating impact the virus is having on the aviation community – we have decided to further postpone the 13th Asian GHI Conference, due to take place on 5-7 May 2020.

We will defer the Asian GHI Conference until 15-17 March 2021 so please reserve the dates in your diary now. The conference will take place at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, as previously planned, but please note the conference will run from Monday to Wednesday rather than our traditional Tuesday to Thursday pattern.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and ongoing support during these unprecedented times.  

All delegate places, exhibition stands, private meeting rooms and sponsorships will be transferred to the new dates. GHI will be contacting you shortly with further information if you have made a hotel booking at Marina Bay Sands through our link.

Two months ago and based on the available information at that time, we believed that postponing the conference from 17-19 March until 5-7 May this year would offer us the best possible chance of delivering a viable conference and allowing the coronavirus to abate. We want to thank you all of you for supporting us with that move. Unfortunately, circumstances have run a very different course to those we had all hoped for. Covid-19 is now a global pandemic with a spate of countries, including Singapore, closing their borders or restricting entry to contain the transmission of Covid-19.

In summary, given the current climate – it simply doesn’t appear tenable or responsible to push on with an event that will bring delegates together from six continents and 35+ countries with a subsequent heightened opportunity for virus transmission. As previously stated, your health and wellbeing is our number one priority.

Furthermore, our decision is strongly guided by an appreciation of the devastating impact Covid-19 is wreaking on frontline aviation businesses worldwide. Many of you are having to take unprecedented steps to mitigate the financial impact of travel bans and decimated schedules, including the grounding of aircraft, reductions in headcount and lobbying for essential government assistance. It is only right that the sole focus of our community is for now on delivering those critical activities.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with all of you in the difficult months ahead and we ask you to keep sending us your stories of resilience and bravery so that we can publicise the outstanding work being carried out by the world’s aviation community in combatting Covid-19 and help lobby for greater government support internationally. Please email your Covid-19 accounts and experiences to: max@groundhandling.com

Thank you once again for your understanding and continued support. We look forward to seeing you in Singapore next March under brighter circumstances.

If you have any further questions, please email: conferences@groundhandling.com

Stay safe and well.

Best wishes
The GHI Team