Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to show our solidarity and sadness at the necessary decision of LCCI Community members Tropical Fruits Inc to cancel their annual New Years event for 2020.
With understanding that the health of our community is the highest priority, this will be a massive blow for the LGBTIQ community, friends family and supporters, and the economy of Lismore.
In what is undeniably the most colourful and vibrant jewel in Lismore’s sparkling events calendar, losing this international draw card will be felt deeply by business in Lismore and the wider Northern Rivers “Rainbow” Region.
Although indelible in spirit, as the Covid-19 fallout reaches yet another iconic event, LCCI would like to recognise the enormous contribution the New Years Eve celebrations and Tropical Fruits Inc events throughout the year inject, financially and by raising the profile of Lismore internationally as an embracing community not only to visit but to live.
LCCI would like to see the absence of this years festival generate stronger and more cohesive support amongst the business community when it returns and for its true value to be recognised on a regional scale.
As expressed at last year’s Event Ready Lismore event, LCCI are reminding business operators that you can help and see the benefit and growth in your own business by:
- Keeping yourself informed about local events and initiatives
- Thinking outside the square on how you can align your business with community events
e.g essential services for visitors, revamped menus, special offers and incentives
- Share on social media and create widow displays and posters
- In kind sponsorship or support if cashflow is limited – vouchers, goodies or volunteering
In the meantime there is a sequined lining as expressed in the following release from Tropical Fruits Inc shared at their request:
A NEW YEAR’S FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TROPICAL FRUITS