The organisers of Sexpo have set up a petition on www.change.org in an effort to demonstrate that demand exists in the UK for the event. David Ross, Australia founding event organiser of Sexpo, said: “We are asking that Londoners sign this petition and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts so we can demonstrate to all venues, and the London Chamber Of Commerce, the level of public support for Sexpo.”
The petition alleges that James Campion, head of exhibition sales at London’s ExCel, declined an enquiry from Sexpo organisers. David Ross described ‘the arbitrary dismissal of our enquiry’ as ‘extraordinary’, adding: “We are an internationally recognised brand and operate in Government owned venues around the world. We suffered the same discrimination in the early years in Australia, but… all major venues now accept us as a major event, while we regularly attract crowds of 60,000.”
Ross also contacted the London Chamber of Commerce with an application for membership but after his emails went unanswered he concluded that the organisation has ‘no interest in adult related businesses’.
Sexpo exhibitions are currently running in Australia and under licence in South Africa. It has been run in the UK once before (in 2015 by a third party under licence as Sexpo UK at London’s Olympia) and there are also plans to launch the event in the US. At the time of writing the petition has just over 500 signatures. It can be found here.