The Eventia Awards had been scheduled to take place on 12 February 2010 at the Wyndham Grand, Chelsea Harbour.
Eventia chief executive Izania Downie said members preferred to move the event to November, which is the month when the UK side of Eventia's awards historically took place.
"The recession has created a difficult time for the industry and we wanted to give people more time to put their entries in and to support and attend the awards," said Downie. "Assuming the economic climate continues to improve, clients will be happier to sanction the submission of awards by the time November comes along."
The qualifying period for entrants has been extended to include 31 August 2008-30 June 2010. The new deadline for entries is 3 August 2010.
Eventia has dropped six award categories:
- Venue event team of the year
- DMC of the year
- Event hotel or venue of the year (less than 250 capacity)
- Event hotel or venue of the year (250-750 capacity)
- Event hotel or venue of the year (more than 750 capacity)
- Best event destination
The Eventia Awards 2010 categories are now:
• Best event in a public space
- Best celebratory event
- Best hospitality event
- Best team-building event
- Best product launch
- Best conference
- Best UK-based incentive/motivation
- Best overseas-based incentive/motivation
- Best experiential event (as part of an experiential campaign)
- Most effective ROI
- Most cost-effective use of a budget
- Creative services supplier of the year
- Technical supplier of the year
- Planning and logistics supplier of the year
- Caterer of the year
- Best integrated event communication campaign
- Creative use of technology
- Best corporate responsibility initiative of the year
- In-house event team of the year
- Agency of the year
- Outstanding achievement
- Eventia Platinum Award
"The biggest change is in the project categories," said Downie. "We will recognise the four main suppliers - destination, DMC, venue and transport provider - that added to the success of the event."