What I collect: Worldwide Stamps 1840-1930
Post by Beryllium Guy on Mar 18, 2020 22:12:55 GMT
'LONDON 2020' POSTPONED !!!!!!
The latest Newsletter told the grim yet expected news of the Postponement of the International Exhibition which will now take place FEBRUARY 19TH-26TH 2022.
Thanks for the post, Michael. The postponement has been expected, of course, but 2022? Almost 2 years from now? Wow, I may not even still be living in the UK by then.... who knows?
Oh well, nothing more to be done about it. I guess I will just go with the flow and see what happens.
Scanning stamps for my website...
What I collect: Belgium (predominantly), British Commonwealth (older ones), WW (whatever comes my way...)
Post by cjoprey on Mar 20, 2020 9:40:38 GMT
Well, it's a shame as I was looking forward to meeting up.
On the bonus side, the Premier Inn hotel we booked with changed their non-flex and semi-flex policy to allow anyone to cancel any bookings that were between now and 30th May... I got a full refund for my booking!
If you still need to cancel anything with them, please see their page on COVID-19 here: www.premierinn.com/gb/en/covid-19.html
Stay safe everyone, and let's plan to meet at the next event, whenever that may be!
Cinderella Stamp Club Member 3059
What I collect: Cinderellas and some Ephemera from Great Britain, France and Israel plus a few beautiful bits from elsewhere !! Topical interests include Flags & Judaica, the latter with an emphasis on the Jewish National Fund.
Post by Londonbus1 on Apr 4, 2020 15:22:30 GMT
Just got the latest, and most likely last, Newsletter for the postponed 'London 2020' Stamp Exhibition.
You will see why the next event is not until 2022 and a bit about what goes into the making and cancelling of a large event.
Thanks to Frank Walton for the updates.
"The last few weeks have been spent putting the next level of detail on the plans for a postponed exhibition in
London. The original exhibition planned for 2-9 May 2020 was very well supported and was looking to be a
vibrant week with philatelic friends from over 70 countries coming together to share their philatelic
The financial aspects of the exhibition were very well controlled, with the show looking to be a modest
financial success. It was always planned to target a break-even situation. With the show only a few weeks
away, almost all the income had been collected – and almost all the expenses already paid. The largest single
invoice was for the hire of the exhibition hall, and this had been settled in full as per the contracted terms.
Commercial negotiations have now been successfully entered into for the replacement show with the
majority of those parties who we had arrangements with. The two largest expenses were the venue, the
Business Design Centre (BDC), and the DoubleTree Hotel group.
The contract with the BDC allowed us to re-schedule the event with no cost penalty, or to forfeit the
substantial fee. Had we forfeited, then quite simply the organisers would have gone bankrupt as it could not
have refunded the booth holders or the exhibitors. So the only choice was to re-schedule; but it was not easy
to find a new date. The BDC is normally booked up several years in advance, and an international stamp
exhibition requires all the floor space for a 12-day period. There were simply not gaps in the bookings until
2023. But the British Dealer’s association, the Philatelic Traders Society (PTS), came to our rescue and offered
to give up their booking for any of the future Stampex events to allow a rescheduled London International
event to take place. But those of you are familiar with Stampex, will understand that it only occupies half of
the venue for half the number of days needed. Of the next few Stampexes, only one had gaps in other
contracted bookings around it. Hence we were left with a stark choice between accepting the revised dates of
19-26 February 2022, or forfeiting the cost of the exhibition hall booking and going bankrupt. It didn’t take
long to accept the new dates!
Another major challenge was the hotel bookings. Here the terms and conditions of the contracts were not
ideal for surviving cancellations due to a pandemic. But the management at the DoubleTree Hotel were most
helpful, and they agreed to roll over the substantial deposit paid until the new dates.
We are now at the point where we have a confirmed International Stamp Exhibition planned for February
2022, but life is never that straightforward!
I have been discussing in great detail the problems of postponing the exhibition with the London 2020 FIP
Consultant, Bernard Jimenez. I am delighted to say that the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) have
shown tremendous pragmatism, and I am very hopeful now that a way forward has been established.
Essentially, the London 2020 Literature Class will be completed later this year, and all the remaining classes
will be carried forward to London 2022.
I am also delighted to be able to share with you that Bill Hedley, the President of the Federation of European
Philatelic Associations (FEPA), has also endorsed the revised dates.
In the next few days, I will be writing to all booth holders and National Commissioners explaining to them in
more detail the financial implications of the revised show. I do hope that everyone will understand that what
took 4½ years to put together cannot be re-done in great detail in two weeks!
What I collect: Canada, USA, Netherlands, Portugal & Colonies, Antarctic Territories and anything that catches my eye...
Post by stanley64 on May 1, 2020 7:31:37 GMT
It's May Day! This reminds me that it was last October I had learned about London2020 and thought about making plans to attend the show this weekend.
Alas, it was not meant to be, but here is to London2022... :-)