Coronavirus Updates

ICCA calls for unity and pragmatism in the face of coronavirus challenge

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) President has released the following statement to members as coronavirus continued to threaten meetings and events: The COVID-19 virus has spread further globally, with 81,109 cases confirmed across 37 countries (WHO). ICCA is in touch with all members affected and will make every effort to help and support them. We encourage our member-...

Salesforce takes its Sydney conference online only amidst coronavirus fears

Cloud-based software company Salesforce has taken the decision to make its premier Australian conference an online only affair this year. The conference has become the latest casualty of the global coronavirus epidemic, with Sydney World Tour event now only available as an online stream on 4 March. The event usually attracts several thousand technology leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region t...

Coronavirus set to cut Asia Pacific air passenger numbers by 13%, says IATA study

Airlines in Asia Pacific stand to clock up a 13% drop in passenger demand due to the coronavirus, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

IBTM postpones IBTM Asia Pacific 2020

Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced that it has postponed the inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific in Singapore to 13-14 April 2021.

Coronavirus: too much at stake for ‘wait-and-see’, says PCMA chief

With over 70,000 people now confirmed to be infected by coronavirus (mostly in China) and 1,770 deaths recorded on the mainland, Beijing has tightened further its restrictions on movement in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. Japan has announced the cancellation of a public gathering to celebrate the birthday of new Emperor Naruhito due to concerns over the spread of the virus. Organis...

Coronavirus: UK conference delegates contacted as precaution

Around 250 delegates who attended a transport conference at London’s QEII Centre have been contacted by health officials after it emerged one of the attendees has subsequently been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Mobile World Congress cancelled

Mobile World Congress has been cancelled due to fears surrounding the coronavirus, organisers GSMA have confirmed. The announcement comes the same day as Sony, Amazon and Facebook confirmed they would be withdrawing from exhibiting at the event, which was due to take place in Barcelona, 24-27 February 2020.  A statement from the organisers read: “Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in...

Facebook and Amazon pull out of Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus

The Covid-19 coronavirus continues to cause disruption, as Amazon, Sony and Facebook have pulled out of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Events Industry Council discusses Coronavirus

The Events Industry Council (EIC) held a webinar to discuss the industry’s reaction to the coronavirus, which took place on 7 February. The seminar was titled ‘Industry Discussion on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Identifying Reliable Sources and Factors for Informed Decision-Making’ and was facilitated by Mark Cooper, CEO of International Association of Conference Centres (IACC). EIC’s webinar fe...

ICCA sends solidarity message to China members

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has sent the following message of solidarity in support of its 86 Chinese members over the coronavirus outbreak.

ICCA sets up liveblog to share information on coronavirus

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has announced a liveblog on its website, www.iccaworld.org, which it says is designed to help members find reliable information about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

ICCA urges industry to ‘stay strong’ as coronavirus spreads

On 3 February official Chinese figures said there had now been 17,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country.