Impact of COVID-19 on SDC2021
NBAA continues planning for the 2021 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2021) with an overriding focus on the health and safety of all participants. SDC2021 is scheduled for Feb. 23-26, 2021 in Fort Worth, TX and will feature exhibits, high-quality educational content and networking. It remains too early to confirm if SDC2021 can take place in-person; NBAA anticipates announcing a final decision no later than 90 days in advance of the scheduled conference.
In preparation for this conference, NBAA is monitoring Covid-19 developments and restrictions and remains in close contact with relevant local authorities, the Fort Worth Convention Center (FWCC) and Visit Fort Worth. In addition, NBAA has partnered with CrowdRx, the leading provider of physician-led event services in the U.S., to provide expert guidance on maintaining safety.
A complete list of updated health and safety procedures will be published as the show dates approach.
With guidance from these and other organizations, as well as input from the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee’s Vendor Subcommittee, the association will apply the highest standards of sanitation and prevention to the exhibit hall and meeting rooms, food preparation and other aspects of the event.
EXHIBITOR WEBINAR: The SDC Team hosted an Exhibitor Town Hall webinar on Oct. 22, 2020, for exhibitors to address questions related to SDC2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is NBAA going forward with an in-person SDC2021?
NBAA continues planning for the 2021 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2021) with an overriding focus on the health and safety of all participants. SDC2021 is scheduled for Feb. 23-26, 2021 in Fort Worth, TX.
If it ultimately is determined that it is not safe or practical to hold a large gathering, NBAA will not hold SDC2021 in-person and an on-line event experience to advance professional development and connect buyers and sellers will be created.
When will a final decision be made?
Recognizing the planning exhibitors and attendees must undertake to participate in an in-person event, NBAA will announce a Go/No-Go decision approximately 90 days before the scheduled dates of the Conference (before the Thanksgiving holiday).
What measures are being taken to ensure the health and safety of attendees and exhibitors at SDC2021?
The health and safety of our attendees is very important to NBAA. We regularly monitor state, Federal and international recommendations with respect to Covid-10 and engage with relevant local authorities, the Fort Worth Convention Center, and Visit Fort Worth on specific requirements and to understand the full range of necessary safety measures to ensure attendees and exhibitors enjoy a safe and successful event. The full list of safety measures continues to evolve, may change as medical guidance is modified, and could include the following:
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of common surfaces
- Creating space for social distancing in meeting rooms, the convention hall, registration area, restrooms, including anticipating flow/traffic management and making adjustments to the schedule to avoid bottlenecks and crowding
- Special consideration for food preparation and service
- Schedule adjustments to anticipate crowd flow and avoid bottlenecks
The complete list of updated health and safety procedures will be published as the Conference dates approach.
Will I be expected to wear a face mask at SDC2021?
SDC2021 attendees and exhibitors will be asked to participate in many new safety protocols which will include: wearing face masks and other PPE; practicing social distancing by using one-way aisles; and changes in seating for keynotes, meeting rooms and food areas. Additional details will be provided in the weeks leading up to the event.
Can I still sign up to exhibit at SDC2021?
When will booth placements begin?
The timeline for placements has been extended and NBAA will likely begin this process in December. NBAA will be in touch in the coming months regarding placement specifics and call-in times.
If we cancel and or downsize our exhibit, can we get a refund?
If it becomes necessary to cancel SDC2021, we will offer refunds in accordance with the SDC2021 exhibit contract. No other refunds will be provided for cancellations or reductions in space.
When will the Exhibitor Service Kit be available?
The Exhibitor Service Kit will be available online within the SDC2021 Exhibitor Dashboard following live placements. An email notification will be sent to all confirmed SDC2021 Exhibitors as soon as it’s live.
When can I make hotel arrangments?
NBAA plans to release housing information in November 2020.
When can I register to attend SDC2021?
NBAA plans to open Registration in December 2020.
How can I ask other questions about the impact of COVID-19 on SDC2021?
Exhibitors may email email@example.com with specific questions related to their SDC exhibit.
Questions may also be submitted by using the form below.
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