Protecting your event
04.09.2017 - Whether it’s a milestone celebration, a rock festival or a port anniversary, every event costs money. And if that event suddenly has to be cancelled or interrupted, it’s not just frustrating but also puts the budget at risk. With event failure insurance, event coordinators have a handle of their finances despite the risk.
The budget is set, the preparations are in full swing – and then on the big day, the unexpected happens, and suddenly the event has to be cancelled, interrupted or postponed. And the risks of a last-minute catastrophe are many, as Angelika Seebohm, Head of Funk Affinity, explains. ‘Severe thunderstorms, constant rain and flooding in particular often throw a spanner in the works. And recently we’ve seen more and more headlines about concerts that have been cancelled due to threats of terror attacks. Events are also put at risk by strikes in the air and rail travel sectors, technical defects with the venues and the illness or death of a key person.’
The financial consequences place significant pressure on companies. After all, they still have to pay for booked services or cough up high cancellation fees. Whether they use them or not, companies still end up with invoices for hiring the venue, accommodation and wages for catering and security personnel. ‘Event coordinators and finance managers should consider the risks and transfer options even as they plan the event,’ says Angelika Seebohm.
Event failure insurance protects you from the financial consequences that may arise when your event is cancelled, terminated prematurely or postponed as a result of certain events. As Seebohm explains, ‘We devise tailored solutions for our clients and protect their budget. Having a detailed plan of action, for example, is important for open air events. After all, if something special like fireworks is planned, it’s not only important to protect against risks like rain or adverse weather, but also to consider the wind factor.’ Premiums are based on the type and scope of the event and on the desired cover. And since insurance cover starts from the moment a policy is taken out, even the planning phase can be protected.
Some risks are assessed based on the current situation, so cover should be arranged as early as possible. ‘Insurers offer protection against weather-related risks no later than two weeks before the day of the event, for example,’ explains Seebohm.
The experts at Funk can find the right insurer for you, help devise the right policy, and are always there if a claim arises.