Night of Light 2020

Dark red alert in the event industry:
thousands of jobs are in danger

Almost every day new cancellations of events, trade fairs, concerts, shows, congresses, symposia and sporting events are coming in. The trade fair and event industry is suffering and the current figures underpin this. For this reason, three industry associations have come together to call on the Confederation, and in particular SECO, to take measures to save jobs.

It is an outbreak that is causing an unprecedented slump in the events industry. An industry, by the way, that generally boosts the economy, that puts innovations in the spotlight, that stages the most varied information, news and opportunities in such a way that they are understood by the public. And last but not least, it is also an industry that arouses many positive emotions every day. Now things look bleak for everyone involved, which is why three associations of professional groups from the event industry are now joining forces to throw out the lifeline in a targeted manner and linked with expectations. It is the Swiss LiveCom Association EXPO EVENT, the Swiss Music Promoters Association SMPA and the Swiss Association of Technical Stage and Event Professionals SVTB, who are jointly drawing attention to the emergency and campaigning for the event industry.

For Eugen Brunner, President of EXPO EVENT (with 157 member companies and a total of around 6000 employees), the current situation corresponds to a horror scenario that, despite all the creativity in the industry, was not imaginable. "We need and demand urgent help from the federal government - and we insist on reasonable and proportionate regulations in dealing with upcoming events. After all, it is simply a matter of preserving our jobs - and ultimately also of Switzerland as a reliable and high-quality venue for events.