The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the best-laid plans can be thrown off course! The outbreak affected all our businesses in varying ways – from slowdowns to complete shuttering.
As you are likely aware, WBC 2021 was moved to WBC 2022 because of the pandemic. Since the postponement, we have gathered a lot of input and suggestions from around the world. In general, the pandemic is subsiding (though not necessarily in all countries), and, excitingly so, the celebratory demand for balloons is returning and even surpassing all previous records. Many thanks to all of you who have shared your recent experiences and recommendations! Your comments reemphasized the crucial importance of reestablishing and augmenting your regular business and targeting the huge potential in front of this wonderful world of balloons. And frankly, we acknowledge that this same emphasis resonates with all of us at Pioneer: we need to get our primary manufacturing, marketing, and distribution executions back on track towards meeting and exceeding your everyday needs and expectations. Our commitment to you is that these objectives are driving the current efforts of the entire Pioneer Team. With all of these thoughts in mind, we have discreetly accepted the current status and have decided once again to postpone the next edition of the World Balloon Convention.
We understand, however, the importance of nurturing the creative, instructive, and innovative demands of our great industry. Accordingly, we are super excited to announce that we are building a unique bridge event to the next WBC by partnering with Stuart Davies, CBA of Big Balloon Build, United Kingdom, to bring you an affordable, exciting, and original experience! It's called "Balloon Wonderland," and it will be held July 11-15, 2022 at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. The location is exceptional!
The event will span five days and include:
- Interactive and practical skill-building
- Traditional classroom instruction
- The unique element of designing for a large-scale philanthropic event
- CBA Exam
- Welcome Ceremony
- Closing Banquet and Entertainment
- and Q Corner will showcase many aspects of this event live and feature special behind-the-scenes episodes so everyone across the globe can join in the fun!
It’s a Qualatex event like none other, and registration will be limited! Watch for more details about this event in the coming weeks.