The annual ARLA conference is set to go ahead this year, despite fears regarding the recent Coronavirus outbreak.
The conference, which is the “largest event” in the private rented sector, is scheduled to take place 24 March at the ExCel centre in London. The event will be celebrating its 25th year anniversary this year.
David Cox, CEO at ARLA Propertymark, said: “We have put a Coronavirus plan in place to mitigate the risks associated with large gatherings, which includes things like changing the planned reusable water bottles and water butts throughout the conference and exhibition halls to single-use plastic water bottles and including individual hand sanitiser bottles in all delegate bags and on counters located throughout the exhibition hall.
“Unfortunately, this will increase the use of plastic, which is something we were trying to reduce in order to improve the sustainability of the Conference but it will help reduce the possibility of cross-contamination.”
He added: “We have a contingency plan in place with ExCel London should the global situation worsen over the coming weeks, but as it stands we’re both comfortable with the Conference continuing as planned.”
High street retail expert, Mary Portas, and digital business leader, Dido Harding, are among some of the keynote speakers that have been announced for the upcoming event. Attendees include delegates from hundreds of letting agencies across the UK.