Coronavirus Updates

Centers for Disease Control releases coronavirus guidance for events

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report, ‘Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for Coronavirus’.

US associations see no reason to curtail travel plans

Meetings and events industry leaders from associations released the following statement in the US on 5 March regarding the coronavirus:

CMW editor speaks to CNBC News about the impact of coronavirus

CMW Editor Paul Colston was interviewed by CNBC News during International Confex at ExCeL London.

Italian organisers combat coronavirus fearmongering with #TRUSTITALY

Italian organiser Terra Events has released a new social media campaign designed to combat misinformation around the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Asia remains attractive for events, says major DMO report

Destination management company for Asia, Destinations Asia, has issued a comprehensive travel update for the region. With the exception of mainland China, the report says Asia remains attractive for events.

Contribute to the solution, not the spread of coronavirus, says PCMA chief

Industry association PCMA’s President and CEO Sherrif Karamat issued the following statement, 4 March:

Mash Media tells BBC cancelling events should be ‘a last resort’

Editor of Mash Media's Conference News, Martin Fullard, was invited to speak by the BBC, 4 March, to reaffirm the integrity of the events industry.

UFI and SISO launch global campaign to support the exhibitions and events industry

Paris based UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and Atlanta based SISO, The Society of Independent Show Organisers, 5 March, have launched a new campaign, called “This Show Is Open”.

MECC Maastricht offers venue free to coronavirus cancellations

MECC Maastricht in the Netherlands has announced it will offer its venue free of charge to organisers who have been forced to cancel or postpone their event because of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Events Industry Council releases coronavirus statement

The Events Industry Council (EIC) released a statement, 2 March, to members, partners and the events industry regarding the coronavirus.

Olympics could be pushed back as test event called off in Japan

With coronavirus wreaking havoc on some global sporting events, Japan’s Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto (pictured), has not ruled out postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics until later in the year.

IMEX still planning ‘confidently’ for Frankfurt in May

The IMEX Group’s Chairman Ray Bloom and CEO Carina Bauer issued the following statement, 2 March, with regard to their Frankfurt tradeshow and the Covid-19 coronavirus threat: