Rising concerns of the coronavirus disease have forced event organisers to cancel major global events across sectors such as hospitality, design, sports, technology among others.
One of the leading travel trade shows, ITB Berlin, which was slated to begin from March 4-8,2020, took to Twitter to announce that ’Due to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics of Germany have stated their opinion that ITB Berlin will be cancelled. Our team deeply regrets the circumstances and looks forward to welcoming you next year at ITB Berlin, March 10-14, 2021. Thanks to all visitors, exhibitors, and partners around the world who have supported us in the past days and weeks.’
Facebook’s annual event F8 Facebook Developer Conference, which was to take place on May 5-6 in San Jose has been cancelled as well. This is the event where the brand unveils major product and features details. The event attracted over 5,000 people from around the world last year. Full details here
For health and safety reasons following the bans of large-scale public and private events issued by the Swiss federal and cantonal authorities, Baselworld, a watch and jewellery event shares the decision to postpone the show to January 28, 2021, to February 2, 2021, due to concerns related to Covid-19. Full details here.
Motorcycle event MotoGP has been cancelled at the Grand Prix of Qatar. Full details here. Similarly, one of the world’s biggest car events Geneva Motor Show will also not take place anytime soon.