The GCSAA announced the Golf Industry Show, scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2021 in Las Vegas, is moving to a virtual format. GCSAA President John Fulling made the announcement on a video distributed to members and partners Wednesday.
“This was not an easy decision to make,” Fulling said. “We considered global health concerns, travel bans, restrictions on large gatherings, social distancing requirements, adjustments other shows were making and the state of economy. We listened to members, engaged exhibitors and consulted our industry partners and it became clear a virtual event would afford the best opportunity to offer you a safe and quality GIS experience.”
Details for the virtual event will be released Oct. 13. Fulling said in the video attendees can either participate in the event live or through “on demand” capabilities. The live portion of GIS 2021 is scheduled for the first week of February.
The GCSAA is one of multiple superintendent and green industry organizations to recently announce a change in event format. The Carolinas GCSA announced earlier this summer that its annual in-person conference and show scheduled for November in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is moving to a virtual format. The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation also announced a shift to a virtual format for its 2020 conference and show in December.
Organizers of the GIE+Expo announced the postponement of their 2020 show scheduled for October in Louisville, Kentucky, to 2021 while the Irrigation Association canceled its in-person 2020 Irrigation Show and Education Week scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in San Antonio, Texas.
The 2022 Golf Industry Show is scheduled for Feb. 5-10 in San Diego. The current version of the Golf Industry Show has been held every year since 2005, with the 2020 event taking place Jan. 25-30 in Orlando. The Golf Course Builders Association of America and American Society of Golf Course Architects served as presenting partners in 2020.