Following on from the announcement that next year’s BLE dates would clash with Yom Kippur, organisers UBM Advanstar have announced extended opening hours to work around the Jewish holy day.
The 2016 event will open on Tuesday 11th October, but will begin one hour earlier at 8am and will close at the usual time of 5pm.
The second day’s opening and closing times will remain the same as previous years, opening at 9am and closing at 5pm.
The final day, Thursday 13th October, will also open at the usual time of 9am, but will close one hour later at 5pm.
Darren Brechin, event director of BLE, said: “We have investigated all options to work around this unfortunate date clash, and extended opening hours are the best solution to allow colleagues celebrating Yom Kippur to fully participate in the 2016 event.
“Once again, we would like to apologise to all of our colleagues and friends affected and thank them for their understanding. We are committed to the continual process of evolving the event around our customers ever changing needs.”
BLE 2016 will take place from October 11th to 13th at London’s Olympia.