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New Dates for Events and Conventions Postponed Due to the Coronavirus

Geneva International Motor Show 2021 has been cancelled.


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Updated June 30, 2020

The effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 has temporarily halted the face-to-face meetings industry, as countries and states have banned gatherings of all sizes and organizations have put travel on hold. But as disruptive as these measures have been, resulting in countless conventions and meetings having to be cancelled, postponed or moved to online-only, many planners are still planning to hold their events — just at a later date when the public-health crisis (hopefully) eases. 

With so much changing so quickly, we are tracking the latest postponements, along with new dates and other updates to industry events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest: Geneva International Motor Show 2021, scheduled for March 4-14, has been cancelled (more details below under "Cancelled Events"); ASAE has announced all of its 2020 events will be virtual; the details of IBTM Asia Pacific have been announced, while IBTM Americas has been pushed to 2021. Read below for full details.

If you are postponing your event, changing dates or moving it to online-only, we'd like to hear from you. Please email us with updates. 

New Dates for Postponed Meetings, Conventions and Conferences

    June 2020

    • Northstar Meetings Group has unveiled its new Interact Digital Event series summer lineup, which will bring together buyers and sellers of meetings and events for networking and learning, virtually. The upcoming events consist of: Interact Las Vegas on June 30, Interact Independent Planners on July 14, Interact Small Meetings & Unique Venues on July 21, Interact The New CVB on Aug. 4, Interact Beach Destinations & Resorts on Aug. 11, and Interact International on Aug. 18.

    • Lippman Connects, organizer of the annual Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum, has launched several virtual events for exhibition organizers and moved live events online: The Exhibit Sales Roundtable on June 25 will now be produced as the first ESR Virtual. The Attendee Acquisition Roundtable on July 30 becomes the first AAR Virtual. The company is also producing a series of five biweekly Digital Summits, each focused on aspects of top concern to trade-show organizers. These include "Safety Is Job One" on June 12, "Format and Platform Decisions" on June 26 and "Pricing and Profit Models" on July 10.

    July 2020


    • Destinations International's 2020 Annual Convention has become a virtual event that will take place July 14-15. The event was scheduled to be held in Chicago on July 13-15. “The safety of our members is our number one priority,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International, in a statement. “With the direction and support from our board of directors, we made the decision to host the Annual Convention virtually due to the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.” The virtual convention will offer more than 20 interactive educational sessions; keynoters include Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie, and Carey Lohrenz, the first female U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot.

    • The Incentive Marketing Association has shifted its 2020 Summit, taking place July 20-22, to a virtual event. The full, in-person Summit has been postponed until Aug. 9-11, 2021, and will take place at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. A statement on the organization’s website says “After careful consideration, the IMA board has agreed to postpone the in-person IMA Summit until next year. Please know this decision was reached with the well-being and safety of our members as our top priority. With this change, we are thrilled to announce a re-envisioned virtual 2020 Summit. To honor the experience you expect from the in-person Summit, we are offering a series of exciting virtual meetings, networking events, educational opportunities and more over the coming months.”

    • Northstar Meetings Group's Incentive Live will be held as a digital event on July 27-29, featuring a "deconstructed roundtable" discussion about what's next for the industry, as well as case study sessions and one-on-one meetings.

    • The American Bar Association has converted its 2020 Annual Meeting, scheduled for July 29-Aug. 4, to a completely virtual meeting over the same dates. The organization's virtual annual meeting, "Convening for Justice," is offering free registration for all ABA members; nonmembers will pay just $95. This is the first time the association has ever allowed people to attend the flagship event for free, according to ABA president Judy Perry Martinez. The complimentary member benefit "will enable even more lawyers to participate," she said, "perhaps some for the first time." Registration can be found here.


    August 2020

    • The Society of Independent Show Organizers has reaffirmed that it will hold its Summer Conference will take place as a face-to-face event at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, on Aug. 11-13, following Texas' current guidelines that all meetings and event venues must operate at 50 percent capacity. the organization extended free registration to all executives of its member companies and stated in an email to members that the event "is an incredible opportunity to see what the 'new normal' in F2F events will look like. Your free registration includes all sessions, all F&B, and all social functions throughout our SISO Summer Conference — for all executives within your company."

    • Northstar Meetings Group and M&C Asia have announced that this year's M&C Asia Connections will be held as a two-part digital event. Asia buyers and suppliers will meet virtually on Aug. 26, while global buyers and suppliers will take part on Oct. 28. The organizers have also postponed M&C Asia Connections Japan in coordination with the city of Kyoto. Plans are underway for it to be held in October 2021.

    • The Hotel Data Conference, presented by Ideas, an SAS Company, will be going forward as a hybrid live/digital event, in which approximately 150 attendees will meet in person at the JW Marriott Nashville on Aug. 13, following strict social-distancing rules. Hundreds more will be invited to join virtually. Registered attendees also will be invited to join weekly webcasts beginning June 25, and enjoy access to STR Academy and on-demand recordings after the event. According to the organizers, "priority will be extended to those already registered for the previous format, while remaining spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Virtual registration will be unlimited." 

    • The Canadian Beef Industry Conference, scheduled to take place Aug. 11-13 in Penticton, B.C., will now be held as a virtual conference, free to the entire industry. Details will be posted on the CBIC website

    • Defcon, "the world's longest running and largest underground hacking conference," according to organizers, is going virtual this year. Originally slated to take place in Las Vegas, the gathering of hackers and corporate IT professionals will be moved online as Defcon Safe Mode, on Aug. 7-9.

    • The American Society of Association Executives has turned its 2020 Annual Meeting & Exposition (which would have been the organization's 100th annual meeting), into a virtual-only event. The first Virtual ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will take place Aug. 10-12, with a full agenda of education sessions, "Game Changer" keynote speakers and virtual networking opportunities. 

    • Internet of Things World, which brings together strategists and technologists in IoT, AI, 5G and more, will now be held Aug. 10-13 at the San Diego Convention Center.

    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Global Congress will now be taking place Aug. 16-20, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

    • The Society of Surgical Oncology announced that its International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care has been postponed to Aug. 17-20 in Boston. "We recognize the challenges with the Aug. 17 – 20 date and know that it may not be ideal for everyone," the organizers wrote in a statement. "Extremely limited venue options along with anticipating when the virus may be contained led to selection of this timing. For your convenience, your SSO 2020 March registration along with your hotel reservation (same hotel) will be automatically transferred to the August dates."

    • The International Wireless Communications Expo, which had been scheduled for April 1-2 in Las Vegas, has been postponed to Aug. 24-28. The show garners 12,000 critical communications technology professionals.

    • The Data Center World Global Conference will now be held in San Antonio at the Henry B. González Convention Center on Aug. 24-27.

    • Foam Expo North America Conference Convention & Exhibition, dedicated to the technical foam industry, has been rescheduled to Aug. 25-27 in Novi, Mich.

    • Facilities management conference NFMT 2020, has been rescheduled to Aug. 11-13, while associated trade show for the commercial cleaning industry, Clean Building Expo, has been postponed to Aug. 11-12, both taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center.

    • Associated Builders and Contractors' ABC Convention has been rescheduled to Aug. 17-19 at the at the Music City Center in Nashville.

    • American Nursing Informatics Association's Annual Conference will now take place Aug. 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

    • The International Sign Expo will now take place Aug. 23-25 at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center.

    • Destinations International's CMO Summit, scheduled to take place in Seattle on April 26-28, has been postponed to Aug. 30-Sept. 1. 

    • JLC LIVE New England, the annual trade show and conference dedicated to residential building and construction, will now hold its 25th edition on Aug. 26-29 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I.

    September 2020

    October 2020

    • The Meetings Show, UK’s leading exhibition for event, meeting and conference professionals, has been postponed to Oct. 19-20 at Olympia London.The show features destinations from over 50 countries across six continents, venues, hotels and key providers of meetings products and services.

    • The Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism has been postponed to Oct. 14-16 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. 

    • The Next Web, originally scheduled to take place in Amsterdam on June 11-12 has been postponed to Oct. 1-2 in the same city.

    • Reed's security show ISC West has been postponed to Oct. 5-8 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas

    • International Franchise Expo will be held at New York City's Javits Center on Oct. 1-3.

    • PPAI has postponed or cancelled several of its promotional-product events, with Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of the organization saying on March 25: "With careful consideration of restrictions of all gatherings and reports from leading health organizations, PPAI’s leadership team and board of directors have made the decision to reevaluate certain PPAI events and meetings schedules for 2020." Promotional Products Work! Week has been postponed to coincide with Advertising Week, on Oct. 5-8. 

    • IPBS 2020, the International Powder & Bulk Solids show, has been rescheduled to Oct. 6-8 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

    • International Pediatric Simulation Society's IPSSW2020 research and training event will now be held Oct. 23-26 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    • Coachella, the hugely popular music and arts festival that attracts more than 250,000 attendees over its two weekends in spring, has been postponed. The event, which takes place in Indio, Calif.'s Empire Polo Club, will be held Oct. 9-11 and 16-18. "While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously," the organizers wrote in a March 10 statement. "We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials." 

    • ICMI Contact Center Expo, will take place in Dallas on Oct. 12-15.

    • The Southern California Facilities Expo will now be taking place on Oct. 28-30 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

    • Retail logistics conference Home Delivery World will now take place Oct. 29-30 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

    • The Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference, HITEC, will now be held Oct. 26-29 in San Antonio, Texas.

    November 2020

    • Meeting Professionals International has rescheduled its World Education Congress to Nov. 3-6 in Grapevine, Texas. The four-day event had originally been scheduled for June 6-9, but MPI President and CEO Paul Van Deventer emphasized that with the new dates, "The desire to meet, reconcile business opportunities, assist in the economic rebound and learn from peers and experts on COVID-19 response, among dozens of other topics, has been building. Historically, our industry has been the platform to accelerate economic recovery and our focus is to aid in pushing our global community and society forward."

    • Salesforce announced on April 29 that it would make its massive Dreamforce conference for 2020, expected to bring 170,000 attendees to San Francisco in November, a virtual-only event. Details of the virtual event were limited, but the company said in a statement: "As we’ve done with other events, we’ll continue to create innovative digital experiences for our ecosystem. For example, we turned our World Tour Sydney into a virtual event in March, taking what is typically an 11,000-person event into one viewed by 80,000 people. We're looking forward to building on that success over the coming months."

    • The Radiological Society of North America will hold its RSNA 2020 annual meeting virtually, instead of the live gathering that had been expected to bring 50,000 attendees to Chicago's McCormick Place.

    • The Global IP Exchange Europe, has been rescheduled to Nov. 2-4 in Berlin.

    • The Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum gathering of leaders of association and organization leaders who organize exhibitions, originally scheduled for May 27, in Washington, D.C., has been postponed to November 2020, according to organizer Lippman Connects

    • The Global Business Travel Association's Annual Convention will now be taking place Nov. 7-11, in Denver. "GBTA will continue to monitor COVID-19 until the medical community says the virus has been contained. Our main concern is on the health and safety of our global members and program participants," the organization said in a statement.

    • Environmental-tech trade show Ecomondo Brasil has been rescheduled to run Nov. 23-25 at the San Paolo Expo Center

    December 2020

    • ASAE's Technology Exploration Conference, which was scheduled to take place Dec. 8-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and typically draws up to 1,000 attendees. More details on that digital event will be announced soon.

    • Destinations International's CEO Summit, scheduled to take place April 6-8 in Palm Springs, Calif., has been moved to Dec. 14-16. 

    • The Incentive Research Foundation's 27th Annual IRF Education Invitational, scheduled to take place May 27-31 at Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, will now be held Dec. 1-4 at the same venue. "The IRF is committed to supporting this industry, and we look forward to continuing to be a source of knowledge as recovery takes place later this year," the organization wrote in a statement. "The IRF Annual Education Invitational will focus on providing insights and actionable information to support the economic recovery of the incentives industry."

    • SITE has postponed Incentive Summit Europe to Dec. 10-13 at the InterContinental, Davos, Switzerland. It is also postponing Incentive Summit Americas "with final dates still to be confirmed," according to a March 16 statement.

    • Techtextil North America, a trade show dedicated to all vertical aspects of the technical textile industry, will now be held Dec. 15-17 in Atlanta.



    • Reed Exhibitions Mexico, the organizer of IBTM Americas, has announced that the meetings and events trade show has been postponed to 2021. Originally scheduled for May 27-28, and then pushed to Aug. 26-27 at Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City, IBTM Americas organizers are now looking to hold the next face-to-face edition on May 19-20, 2021. Ahead of that, the organizers plan to introduce a series of virtual events through the rest of the year and into 2021. "IBTM Americas is evolving to a 2.0 version that offers the opportunity to continue delivering our mission through an always-on, 365-day platform to do business, to network and to learn from each other," said show director David Hidalgo.

    • IBTM Asia Pacific has been postponed to April 13-14, in Singapore's Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Themed around "inventing the future," the event "will feature a robust education program and networking opportunities designed to excite, educate and inspire event professionals," according to the trade show's organizers.

    • Expo 2020, the World Expo expected to bring more than 190 nations together with innovative presentations, displays and experiences for 173 days in Dubai beginning October 2020, has been postponed to October 2021 through March 2022. “This affirmation by the international community of Dubai’s offering and its ability to deliver, further strengthens our commitment to matching ambition with achievement to hosting an event that will capture the world’s imagination, when the time is right," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee.

    • Trade show marketing event EXHIBITORLIVE, has been rescheduled to Feb. 28 to March 4 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. On May 20, organizers wrote that "The EXHIBITORLIVE 2020 exhibit hall floor plan will be carried over to the rescheduled dates, subject to government restrictions as they develop. The calendar of events and the conference sessions will also be carried over, pending the aforementioned restrictions."

    • The U.S. Travel Association has announced a new location for IPW 2021. The event, which had been scheduled to take place in Chicago next year, will now be held May 10-14, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The announcement came days after U.S. Travel was forced to cancel IPW 2020, which was scheduled for late May in Las Vegas. Chicago will host the event again in 2025.  

    • PPAI's SPARK Conference, scheduled for July 15-17 has been reimagined as a one-day event at the PPAI Expo in January 2021. In response to the shelter-in-place restrictions in many areas across the U.S. and the recent announcement designating the Atlantic City Convention Center as a temporary field hospital to accommodate expanded capacity, PPAI has announced its cancellation of Expo East planned for June 3-5 in Atlantic City, N.J. 

    • Microsoft has postponed its SharePoint Fest D.C. user conference to May 8-12, in Washington, D.C.

    • After having to cancel its 2020 iteration, the Society of Government Meeting Professionals has announced that next year's National Education Conference will take place May 18-20, 2021. It will be rolling over the registration fee to next year's NEC.

    • EDS, the Electronic Distribution Show and Conference, has been postponed to take place May 10-14, 2021, in Las Vegas.

    • The International Pizza Expo, scheduled for March 31-April 2, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, has been postponed to March 16-18, 2021.

    • RAPID + TCT - Advanced Product Development Solutions Exhibition and Conference for the 3D printing industry has been pushed to April 2021, taking place at Chicago's McCormick Place.

    • OTC, the Offshore Technology Conference, has been postponed to May 3-6, 2021. 

    • UEFA proposed postponing the 2020 European Championship for one year, to June 11-July 11, 2021, the Norwegian soccer association announced during a conference call on March 17 that UEFA hosted with its 55 national member federations.

    • Watch-industry trade-show behemoth Baselworld, scheduled for April 30 to May 5 in Basel, Switzerland, has been postponed until January 2021.

    • The New England Food Show, has been postponed to Feb. 21-23, 2021 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

    Dates to Be Determined

    • TED 2020: Uncharted, originally scheduled to be held in Vancouver on April 20-24, has been postponed to later in 2020. The organizers announced on April 27 that it would be moved "to a custom-built online platform, with content shared each weekday over an eight-week period."

    • On the same day that SpaceX launched its Demo-2 mission, the organizers of Houston's annual commercial space conference, SpaceCom announced that they would be taking the event virtual. Virtual SpaceCom Conference and Exposition as well as SpaceCom Virtual Impact Forums "will continue to provide a platform for the best and brightest minds within the commercial space industry to network, learn, and grow their businesses," according to organizers, though specific dates have not been announced.

    • Transportation and technology industry show ITS World Congress 2020 has been transformed from a live event, which had been scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on Oct. 4-8, into a virtual event: ITS World Congress ALL ACCESS will take place sometime in the fall of 2020. "We are disappointed not to gather in person, but the spirit of innovation to solve transportation challenges is more important than ever right now," said Shailen Bhatt, president and CEO, ITS America. "Join us for a virtual engagement to learn from leaders around the world on how different countries are using technology to solve challenges during this difficult time."

    • MMBC announced that Global Meetings Industry Day, scheduled for April 14, would be postponed. The annual day of advocacy aimed at shining a light on the positive impact that face-to-face meetings have on businesses and the economy was on track to exceed its 2019 record of 275 registered GMID events in more than 50 countries, but "new meeting restrictions, travel bans and social distancing protocols make it impossible to move forward at this time," MMBC wrote in a statement. "We are living in a world of great uncertainty and while we look forward to the moment when everyone who wants to participate in GMID can do so safely and confidently, we are not there yet."

    • The organizers of C2 Montreal, the annual three-day event focused on "the intersection of creativity and commerce," have postponed the event to fall 2020, with a new theme and digital offerings. Originally scheduled to take place in Montreal, Quebec from May 27-29, 2020, the organizers on March 26 announced that it will take place in fall 2020, with a new theme: Reinvention. "Our vision is that C2 will be stronger than ever," the organizers wrote in a March 26 statement. "We are also adding a new layer to our event: enhanced digital content that will give participants and partners access to deeper learning, heighten networking and engage them in a larger community."

    • Sports Events & Tourism Association has postponed its Women's Summit, originally planned for April 1-3 in New Orleans, to later this year.

    • The National Cannabis Risk Management Association has postponed its NCRMA 2020 convention, scheduled to be held March 22-24 at Bally’s in Las Vegas.

    • Qualtrics has postponed its X4: The Experience Management Summit, scheduled to take place in Salt Lake City on March 10-13. The event, expected to attract 16,000 attendees, has been moved to the fall.

    • Organic-product trade show Natural Products Expo West, scheduled to take place March 3-7 in Anaheim, Calif., has been postponed. It's organizers stated on March 3, "it is our intention to deliver a Natural Products Expo West event by the summer to serve the community" and that its Expo East event in Philadelphia is still going forward as planned.

    • CES Asia, scheduled to take place in Shanghai, China on June 10-12, has been postponed. "We made this decision at this time as we know companies and attendees invest considerable time and effort in planning for trade shows like CES Asia," the organizers wrote in a statement. "We hope that sharing this information in a timely manner helps them plan more effectively and conserve resources at this unusual time."

    Cancelled Events

    • IMEX America, the major hosted-buyer event for international meetings, has been cancelled. It was scheduled to take place Sept. 15-17 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, has been cancelled. "Our industry has been impacted heavily by the global lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we know how many of you were looking forward to coming together again in Las Vegas this fall," said IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer, in a statement. "We're acutely aware that since lockdown began, IMEX America 2020 has come to represent a beacon of hope for the entire business-events community. We assure you, no one is more disappointed than the IMEX team that we can't fulfill that expectation."

    • Salon International de l’Automobile, the organizers of the Geneva International Motor Show have cancelled next year’s event, scheduled to run March 4-14. The show's organizers pointed to a lack of demand from exhibitors, the majority of whom responded to a survey that they would "probably not participate" in the show. The largest public event in Switzerland, the 2020 edition of the Geneva Motor Show had also been cancelled earlier this year.

    • The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association has cancelled the 2020 New York International Auto Show. The event had previously been postponed to Aug. 28-Sept. 6, taking place in New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The organizers cited not only the uncertainty that remains around travel and meeting as a reason for their decision, but the fact that the convention center remains on standby as a field hospital in case the city's health facilities become overwhelmed. "We are extremely proud of the role the Javits Center has played during this difficult time, and we understand the need for it to remain ready to serve," Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association, said in a statement.

    • The Society for Human Resource Management has cancelled its annual conference for 2020, scheduled to take place at the San Diego Convention Center in June. The organizers have announced next year's details: The 2021 conference will take place June 20-23, 2021, in Chicago

    • The Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations has decided to cancel its annual conference, which had been rescheduled to Oct. 4-7. More details about its 2021 conference, to be held May 16-19, will be announced soon.

    • The inaugural WELL Conference, organized by the International WELL Building Institute and American Society of Interior Designers, has been cancelled this year. It had been postponed from March to August, to take place at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz. "Now more than ever, better buildings, stronger organizations, and more vibrant communities are critical to protecting our families, our businesses and the public at large," the organizers wrote in a statement. They added that they are currently considering options for virtual events and 2021 dates.

    • Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group has announced that four upcoming restaurant, foodservice and specialty-coffee events are cancelled: The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo/Healthy Food Expo West, which was scheduled for Aug. 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center; Coffee Fest Anaheim, which was scheduled to take place Aug. 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center; Coffee Fest Chicago, which was scheduled for Aug. 28 - 30 at Navy Pier in Chicago; and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show/Healthy Food Expo Florida, which was set for Sept. 22-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

    • After being moved from May to August, WasteExpo 2020 has been cancelled. The 2021 event will take place in Las Vegas on April 26-29.

    • The Experimental Aircraft Association's annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020 fly-in and convention, which typically draws hundreds of thousands of attendees, has been cancelled. It had been scheduled to take place July 20-26, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin.