Coronavirus and Meetings
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Updated April 7, 2020, 3:01pm EDT
• The latest updates of domestic events that have been canceled, moved or postponed
• The latest updates of international events that have been canceled, moved or postponed
The unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has significantly affected the meetings industry. As destinations work to contain the spread of the virus, many countries, states and cities have banned large events. On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a guidance that all large events and mass gatherings of more than 50 people be suspended for at least eight weeks. "Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals," wrote the organization. "When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual."
With so much changing so quickly, here we are tracking the latest updates of postponement and cancellations of industry events due to COVID-19.
If you are postponing your event or moving it to online-only, we'd like to hear from you. Please email us with updates.
The latest updates for events that have been cancelled, moved or postponed:
- 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 Global Business Travel Association's Annual Convention will now be taking place Nov. 7-11, 2020, 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.
- 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; its Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.), originally scheduled May 6-7 in Washington, D.C., has been cancelled; and its 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.
- The Endocrine Society's annual conference, expected to attract 9,500 endocrine researchers and clinicians to San Francisco for the latest scientific information, has been turned into ENDO Online 2020, which will feature a mixture of on-demand and live programming for both clinical and research audiences. The event will take place from June 8-22 and include on-demand sessions focused on clinical topics, live programming dedicated to basic science, continuing medical education sessions and more.
- Sports Events & Tourism Association has postponed its Women's Summit, originally planned for April 1-3 in New Orleans, to later this year.
- 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 later this fall, according to organizer Lippman Connects.
- Internet of Things World, which brings together strategists and technologists in IoT, AI, 5G and more, will now be held Aug. 10-13, 2020 at the San Diego Convention Center.
- WasteExpo will now take place at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Aug. 10-13, 2020.
- 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 International Wireless Communications Expo, which had been scheduled for April 1-2 in Las Vegas, has been postponed to Aug. 24-28, 2020. 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, 2020.
- Foam Expo North America Conference Convention & Exhibition, dedicated to the technical foam industry, has been rescheduled to Aug. 25-27 in Novi, Mich.
- American Nursing Informatics Association's Annual Conference will now take place Aug. 20-22, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
- The Digital Sign Expo, which was scheduled for March 31-April 3, in Las Vegas has been moved to Sept. 15-18. The show attracts 4,000 digital signage and technology professionals and 200 exhibitors.
- The International Sign Expo will now take place Aug. 23-25, 2020, at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center.
- The National Hardware Show, which was scheduled to take place May 5-7 in Las Vegas has been rescheduled for Sept. 1-3, 2020. Now in its 75th year, the show garners more than 30,000 hardware industry professionals.
- Microsoft Build, the software giant's biggest event of the year, was scheduled to take place in Seattle on May 19-21, until the event was moved to being online only. "We look forward to bringing together our community in this new digital format to learn, connect, and grow together," the organizers wrote. "Please watch for additional information coming soon. Sign up to receive updates about our digital event."
- CONNEX 2020, the major retail, banking, entertainment and restaurant facilities event, scheduled for April 20-22 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, has been postponed. “The health and safety of our members, our communities and staff are of utmost importance. We believe postponing the conference is the best option to ensure a successful event for our attendees, speakers and sponsors,” said Myriah Kingen, director of facilities management of DaVita Kidney Care and Connex Board Chair, in a March 13 statement.
- Destinations International's CEO Summit, scheduled to take place April 6-8 in Palm Springs, Calif., has been moved to Dec. 14-16 and its CMO Summit, scheduled to take place in Seattle on April 26-28, has been postponed to Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
- Salesforce Connections, originally planned to be held in Chicago on April 4-6, will now be an online event. "After careful consideration, we've decided there will be no physical event for Connections," wrote the organizers. "Instead, we will reimagine Connections as a virtual experience and deliver a full program of inspiring sessions and educational content. While times may be uncertain, there is one thing that remains true: amazing things happen whenever the Salesforce community comes together. We are excited to come together virtually for Connections and we look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks."
- DECA announced that its International Career Development Conference, scheduled to take place in Nashville on April 29-May 2, will be cancelled this year. "Due to the uncertainty surrounding this pandemic, the state of emergency in Tennessee and the fact that many school districts, colleges and universities have closed for the indefinite future, DECA Inc. will not reschedule this year’s ICDCs and will halt the competitive events process for the school year," the organizers wrote in a March 13 statement.
- The International Pizza Expo, scheduled for March 31-April 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, has been postponed. It will now take place June 26-28.
- Trade show marketing event EXHIBITORLIVE, has tentatively been rescheduled to Aug. 16-20, 2020 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
- Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference & Expo will now take place Sept. 13-16, 2020, at Doral Resort in Miami, Fla.
- IPBS 2020, the International Powder & Bulk Solids show, has been rescheduled to Oct. 6-8, 2020 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, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
- The National School Boards Association has cancelled its 2020 Conference and Exposition scheduled April 4-6 and COSA Law Seminar, scheduled for April 2-4 in Chicago. "After careful evaluation of currently available information, including information and directives from health and medical experts and federal, local and state governmental agencies and departments, the NSBA Board of Directors (NSBA Board) voted to terminate the annual meeting," wrote the event's organizers. "While it is disappointing to terminate a meeting that promised to be an exceptional event, the NSBA Board thoughtfully considered all the factors essential to conduct a safe and successful annual conference."
- CinemaCon, scheduled to take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from March 30-April 2, has been cancelled. "While local outbreaks vary widely in severity, the global circumstances make it impossible for us to mount the show that our attendees have come to expect," the organizers wrote in a March 11 statement. "After consultation with our attendees, trade show exhibitors, sponsors, and studio presenters, NATO has decided therefore to cancel CinemaCon 2020. We look forward to continuing the 10-year tradition of presenting the largest movie theater convention in the world and joining our attendees in future celebrations of the moviegoing experience."
- Facilities management conference NFMT 2020, originally scheduled to take place in Baltimore March 17-19, has been rescheduled to Aug. 11-13.
- Associated Builders and Contractors' ABC Convention has been rescheduled to Aug. 17-19 at the at the Music City Center in Nashville.
- The Society of Independent Show Organizers has had to postpone its SISO CEO Summit, scheduled March 30-April 2 at the Four Seasons Las Colinas in Dallas, as planned. "We intend to reschedule the CEO Summit for as soon as is feasible and we ask that you please allow us some time to accomplish this," the organizers wrote in an email to registrants on March 12. "Your registration fees will be rolled forward to the rescheduled event, and should we be unable to reschedule and have to cancel the Summit for this year we will refund fees paid, at that point."
- IACC Americas Connect, scheduled to take place in Dallas on March 30-April 1 will be postponed to June 29-July 1. IACC CEO Marc Cooper and IACC Americas President Nancy Lindemer said in a statement on March 11 that "The IACC board of directors and all those involved in putting together the annual meeting, believe that Connect should be the catalyst event for our members to begin looking forward and rebuilding again once the worst of COVID-19 is behind us."
- Northstar Meetings Group has rescheduled Women in Leadership Meetings + Incentives, from March 18-20 to July 17-19, in Washington, D.C. The event will continue to be held at the Intercontinental Willard Hotel/Convene. "This is not a decision we have taken lightly. As much as Northstar would like to carry on with the event, the health, safety and security of our staff, their families, and you and yours, is of paramount importance to us," the organizers wrote in a statement. "Like you, the Northstar team is working hard to rearrange our programs to deliver successful event experiences as soon as conditions allow."
- Northstar Travel Group, parent company of Northstar Meetings Group, announced that the GTM West event has been moved to Sept. 19-21 at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Ariz. It has also had to cancel the Mountain Travel Symposium, originally scheduled to take place in North Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley on March 29-April 4.
- 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.
- E3, the world's largest video game convention and trade show, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles, has been cancelled. "Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today," organizers wrote in a March 11 statement. "We are also exploring options with our members to coordinate an online experience to showcase industry announcements and news in June 2020. Updates will be shared on E3Expo.com."
- The Nonprofit Technology Conference, scheduled for March 24-26 in Baltimore, has been cancelled. "The consensus on proceeding with 20NTC has shifted today in light of the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus a pandemic," Amy Sample Ward, CEO of NTEN, the conference organizer, said in a statement. "Organizations that hadn’t implemented a travel ban have now announced one. Given this development, it feels the responsible action to take is to cancel 20NTC.
- The National Association of Broadcasters announced on March 11 that it would postpone or potentially cancel its annual NAB Show, planned in Las Vegas on April 18-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. "We are still weighing the best potential path forward, and we ask you for your patience as we do so," NAB President and CEO Gordon H. Smith said in the statement. "We are committed to exploring all possible alternatives so that we can provide a productive setting where the industry can engage with the latest technology, hear from industry thought leaders and make the game-changing connections that drive our industry forward."
- The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association announced the postponement of the New York International Auto Show. It will now take place Aug. 28-Sept. 6. “For 120 years, ‘the show must go on’ has been heavily embedded in our DNA, and while the decision to move the show dates didn’t come easy, our top priority remains with the health and well-being of all those involved in this historic event,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the GNYADA. "We have already been in communication with many of our exhibitors and partners and are confident that the new dates for the 2020 Show will make for another successful event."
- The New England Food Show, scheduled to take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on March 22-24, has been postponed, with organizers citing Massachusetts Governor Charlie Barker's declaration of a state of emergency. “We have been working over the past 10 days with city, state, and federal officials, as well as the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the National Restaurant Association to determine the best course of action for our show," said Bob Luz, president and CEO, of event organizer Massachusetts Restaurant Association. "Given the Governor’s decision, and his strong statement for private industry to follow his directive, we have made this decision in the best interest of attendees and exhibitors."
- 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."
- 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 August 17 – 20, 2020 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."
- TED 2020: Uncharted, originally scheduled to be held in Vancouver on April 20-24, has been postponed to July 20-26, or may make it a fully virtual event.
- International Franchise Expo will be held at New York City's Javits Center on Oct. 1-3, 2020.
- McDonald's has turned its worldwide convention, scheduled for April at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center, into an online-only event. "Last week, I asked for insight from managing directors and franchisee leadership regarding [the convention]," said Chris Kempczinski, president and CEO of McDonald's, via a video to employees. "Based on their feedback, extensive global travel restrictions, input from the World Health Organization and other local and global health ministries and our own assessment of the situation, I made the difficult, but right decision to cancel our in-person worldwide convention in Orlando in favor of a digital worldwide convention."
- IQPC, organizers of Global IP Exchange Europe, scheduled to take place March 9-11 in Berlin, have postponed the event.
- The Next Web, originally scheduled to take place in Amsterdam on June 11-12 has been postponed to October 1-2 in the same city.
- international airport conference and exhibition Passenger Terminal, has been postponed from its original dates at the end of March to June 9-11 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles in Paris.
- Reed Exhibitions' ReedPOP division announced on March 6 that it would postpone the Emerald City Comic Con,
scheduled to take place March 12–15, at Seattle's Washington State Convention Center.
- Reed's security show ISC West has been postponed from March 17-20 in Las Vegas to July 2020. "Over the coming weeks, along with ISC West's Premier Sponsor [Security Insurance Association]
- we will continue to serve the industry, creating ways to connect, collaborate and keep our world moving during this difficult period," the organizers wrote in a statement on March
- The NXT Global Summit, which expected to attract about 1,000 attendees focusing on emerging trends in technology and media, has been cancelled. It was scheduled for July 14-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
- 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.
Engineering company Aruba Networks' Atmosphere'20 Las Vegas has been rebranded Atmosphere'20 Digital, and will take place as a virtual event on March 23-27, rather than in Las Vegas,
as originally planned. "Over the next week, we will communicate a new schedule of video delivery for our top Atmosphere conference sessions," the organizers wrote in a statement. "We plan to broadcast the opening keynotes as scheduled on March
24th and will offer virtual breakout sessions. With so many technologies to announce and explore, we hope you'll join us for an exciting online event."
- Adobe Summit, the software company's customer and employee conference, scheduled to take place March 29-April 2 in Las Vegas, will now be an online-only event.
- Google Cloud Next, expected to take place April 6-8 at San Francisco's Moscone Center and attract 30,000 people, has become Google Cloud Next '20: Digital Connect,
which the company describes as "a free, global, digital-first, multi-day event connecting our attendees to Next '20 content and each other through streamed keynotes, breakout sessions, interactive learning and digital "ask an expert" sessions
with Google teams."
- Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, expected to attract more than 22,000 attendees to Boston on March 15-17, has been postponed. "Details on when
and where will be communicated directly with customers in the next month," Liz Plizga, group vice president of Diversified Communication, the show's producers, wrote in a March 3 statement. "Depending on date and location availability, the event might look slightly different for 2020 but will continue to provide the opportunities to connect suppliers and buyers in the industry."
- 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.
- Facebook canceled this year's edition of its F8 developers conference, previously scheduled for May 5-6 in San Jose, Calif.,
and expected to attract more than 5,000 attendees. The social media giant had previously canceled a 4,000-person
marketing conference scheduled for San Francisco's Moscone Center from
- 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."
- Reed Exhibitions Mexico has announced that IBTM Americas 2020, scheduled for May 27-28, will now take place August 26-27 2020 at Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City. David Hidalgo, show director, said in a March 26 statement: “Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by COVID-19. Whilst it was a difficult decision to postpone the show, the health and safety of our colleagues and customers is paramount.
- Environmental-tech trade show Ecomondo Brasil has been rescheduled to run from Nov. 23-25, at the San Paolo Expo Center.
- The Farnborough International Airshow, the largest annual event in the aerospace industry, has been cancelled. Scheduled to take place in Farnborough, England on July 20-24 July. The event will return in 2022. “This decision was reached taking into consideration several major factors surrounding the outbreak of Covid19, all of which we have concluded, make it impossible for us to create and host the Airshow this July," the organizers wrote in a statement on March 20. “We understand this news will be an incredible disappointment to all across the international aerospace industry, not to mention our important exhibitors, suppliers and visitors. We at Farnborough International share their disappointment that we are unable to present the Airshow as planned, but rest assured, we are determined to continue to work together and will ensure the Farnborough International Airshow returns in 2022 better than ever."
- The Women Tech Global Conference, hosted by WomenTech Network, which promotes gender diversity in the tech industry, has been turned into a virtual event. Speakers include leaders from Netflix, Amazon, Boeing and more. "At times like these we believe it is even more important to stand together even when being at the same place is not possible," the organizers wrote in a statement. "At times when we're advised to keep our distance, we look for new ways to connect. Therefore we decided to host the largest ever online conference for women in technology."
- 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."
- IMEX Frankfurt, the largest annual trade exhibition for the meetings, conventions and incentive travel industry, due to take place May 12-14 in Frankfurt, Germany, has been canceled. “We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment, not only to the exhibitors, buyers and industry professionals who were due to attend the show, but also to the global business events community,” wrote show organizers Ray Bloom and Carina Bauer, in a statement. “This is not a decision we have taken lightly and there are two overriding concerns that have caused us to make this decision at this time.” She cited the German health minister’s recent call for a ban on events of more than 1,000 people and the organizers’ concerns about the volume of buyers in attendance made it so they “cannot guarantee the one thing that our exhibitors trust us above all else to deliver – namely a large-scale, high quality hosted buyer program.”
- 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.
- 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.
- Northstar Travel Group's Phocuswright Europe conference, scheduled to take place at Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, May 18-20, has been rescheduled to Aug. 4-6 at the same location.
- Northstar Meetings Group and M&C Asia have postponed M&C Asia Connections Japan in coordination with the city of Kyoto. Plans are underway for it to be held in October 2020.
- The World Travel & Tourism Council has postponed its 2020 Global Summit in Cancun, Mexico, to take place in the fall. "The decision was made after careful consideration by WTTC, our Operating Committee and the Government of Quintana Roo, in solidarity to governments, countries and organizations which are being affected by Covid-19," Tiffany Misrahi, vice president of policy for WTTC, wrote in an email on March 10. "It is also aligned with Cancun’s original request to host the Summit in the autumn to ensure the event’s success."
- International Telecommunication Union announced on March 10 that it would postpone the dates for the upcoming World Information Society Forum. It had originally been scheduled for April and now will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 4. It will also postpone the AI for Good Global Summit, originally in May, and now Sept. 21-25. Both events will take place at the ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Industrial innovation trade show Hannover Messe 2020 has been postponed to July 13-17 in the south German city of Hannover.
- 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."
- The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which was due to take place from April 15-21 at the National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi has been postponed to May 23-29.
- The Arabian Travel Market, scheduled for April 19-21, has been postponed until to June 28-July 1, at the Dubai World Trade Centre in
- Watch-industry trade-show behemoth Baselworld, scheduled for April 30 to May 5 in Basel, Switzerland, has been postponed until January 2021.
- Shopify has cancelled its partners conference Shopify Unite, scheduled for May 6-8 in Toronto.
- Composite-materials trade show JEC World has been postponed from March 3-5 to May 12-14, in Paris.