Terror act leads organisers to cancel SMM Istanbul 2016

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Terror act leads organisers to cancel SMM Istanbul 2016

The SMM Istanbul conference and exhibition will not be held in 2016 because of escalating violence in the region.

A suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) group yesterday reportedly killed 10 people, at least eight of them German tourists, in a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish city.

The tense political situation in the region and the changing Turkish shipbuilding market has created a sense of uncertainty among international exhibitors, leading to a general reluctance to register for the SMM Istanbul conference and exhibition.

Organisers, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH and their local partners, Goca Exhibitions concluded that it would not be economically feasible to proceed with the event originally scheduled for 24 and 25 February 2016.

Hamburg Messe will re-evaluate the Turkish market and the political environment for the year 2018.