Insurance claims soar as fuel row hits events

Exhibition insurance company Insurex Expo-Sure received about 30 claims for cancellations and hundreds of enquiries during last month's fuel crisis.

Exhibition insurance company Insurex Expo-Sure received about 30 claims for cancellations and hundreds of enquiries during last month's fuel crisis.

Among the casualties were antique fairs, a dolls house exhibition, a car rally and black consumer lifestyle show Living in Colour, scheduled to take place on 16-17 September at Wembley Conference and Exhibition Centre.

'Many exhibitors and visitors said it was impossible to attend the show and we were unable to guarantee transport of products and placement of staffing,' Living in Colour sales director Verdi Hall said. 'The situation was beyond our control but we have now re-scheduled the event for 28-29 October.'

Wembley Conference and Exhibition Centre was also forced to re-schedule its first Arabian Expomart, due to take place from 15-25 September. The event to promote Arabian products now runs on 19-29 October.

Insurex claims director Paul James warned that newly insured events could no longer receive cover for cancellations over fuel strikes because of the threat of further action if the Government refused to reduce the tax on fuel.

'Organisers need to check with contractors that they have enough fuel to guarantee deliveries,' he said. 'If they can't guarantee it, they need to recommend a supplier who can. If they fail to meet these criteria and the event is cancelled, the contractor is in breach of contract.'




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