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Sexpo – Health, Sexuality, and (adult) Lifestyle Expo is the busiest consumer exhibition on a per square metre basis in the Asia/Pacific region and busiest stand-alone adult show in the world. The Sexpo brand is trademarked in most countries of the world.
Sexpo began life in Melbourne, Australia, in 1996 as a forum to allow women and couples to experience all the things that may be of interest to adults, not necessarily all sex related, in a safe and friendly environment. The show quickly grew into a national event visiting all major Australian capital cities annually. While remaining true to the original concept it has grown into an event with world wide appeal.
Sexpo exhibitions are currently produced in Australia and under license in South Africa, and after this announcement, combined with the forthcoming USA launch, Sexpo will operate on 4 continents from 2018.
Sexpo has always sort to use only purpose-built exhibition venues in order to reinforce the mainstream nature of the events, so after approaching the ExCel venue in London, it was disappointed by the arbitrary dismissal of the enquiry.
David Ross, Australian founding Event Organiser, said: “We are asking that Londoners sign this petition and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts so we can demonstrate to all venues, and the London Chamber Of Commerce, the level of public support for Sexpo. Anyone wanting real time updates should join our mailing list at www.Sexpo.co.uk
After first contact with James Campion, Head of Exhibition Sales at the London ExCel venue, he now says:
“…Thanks for your recent emails and calls, and apologies for the slow response on my part.
Having spoken with our Board it has been agreed that unfortunately we are not in a position to proceed with your enquiry and whilst I appreciate you are not asking for firm dates, we are not in a position to progress with the profile…”
David Ross responded:
“Thanks for getting back to me James, although I think the arbitrary dismissal of our enquiry is rather disappointing, if not extraordinary. We are an internationally recognised brand and operate in Government owned venues around the world.
We suffered the same discrimination in the early years in Australia, but, as I have pointed out to you previously, all major venues now accept us as a major event, while we regularly attract crowds of 60,000.
I do hope you will reconsider your position and respond so that I might have a chance to explain to you the mainstream nature of our events.
“Also, we have sought membership of the London Chamber of Commerce but after seeking a reason for the “we can’t help you” answer to our enquiry, our emails have gone unanswered. Clearly, those at the London Chamber of Commerce have no interest in adult related businesses.
“In the early years we did have some difficulties with new venues not understanding the mainstream nature of our event, and therefore knocking back our advances. Such was the case when I first approached http://www.mcec.com.au/ in 1996, however the booking was accepted one year later after the MCEC had seen our set-up in a smaller venue; Sexpo has occupied up to 12,000sqms at the MCEC every year since. Similarly, http://www.iccsydney.com.au/ has previously refused us tenancy, only to reverse its position.
“Sexpo is a million-pound show, costing that to stage each and every event, and with more than 90 Sexpo events have been staged around the world since 1996, Sexpo is big business. The budget means we need to attract many tens of thousands of visitors to cover costs,” he continued, and to do that, we need to be very mainstream. Our marketing and promotions are designed so as to not cause contention; we never court controversy.
- Head of Exhibition Sales at the London ExCel venue
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