The International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) and the IPAF Summit, initially rescheduled to 8 October, has now been postponed to 2021, due to the continuing restrictions caused by Covid-19. It will go ahead at the original venue on 18 March, 2021.
Event organisers the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and Access International said they have postponed the event to allow attendees to plan their trip with greater certainty and to minimise disruptions that might prevent people from travelling. It will still be held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, London, UK.
Peter Douglas, CEO & managing director of IPAF, said, “While we hope that by October coronavirus is under control, it’s fair to assume there may still be restrictions on large gatherings and international travel. It therefore makes sense to postpone until 2021, when hopefully there will be more clarity about how to manage the risk from this virus.
“Economies and companies around the world are starting to open up again, but it will not be an immediate return to business as usual. To ensure everyone hoping to attend the IPAF Summit & IAPAs can plan with maximum certainty, we’ve made this decision and hope the event will be a great success in 2021. We trust that attendees understand why IPAF and our event partners KHL have decided to postpone until next year.
“Anyone who booked to join us will have their reservations honoured on the alternative date in 2021; a full refund will be offered to anyone who is unable to attend the rescheduled event or who wishes to cancel. Anyone who has booked accommodation is advised to contact the Millennium Gloucester Hotel directly to reconfirm.
“The annual IPAF Summit & IAPAs is a highlight of the worldwide powered access events calendar, we sincerely hope that those planning to attend an event that was already close to capacity will be able to rearrange their plans in order to join us for this popular event as it returns to the UK for the first time since 2017.”
There will inevitably be amendments to the IPAF Summit speaker programme and/or powered access site visits, and these will be communicated once confirmed. The original shortlist, decided by the judges earlier this year, will remain the same.
For information as and when it is announced, please visit www.iapa-summit.info