Coronavirus and Meetings
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Updated May 26, 2020, 12:30 p.m. EDT. The effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 has temporarily halted the 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, here we are tracking the latest postponement, announced dates and other updates to industry events due to COVID-19.
The latest: The New York Auto Show and SHRM annual conference have been cancelled for 2020; Lippman Connects has launched a series of virtual events; and Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group has cancelled four live events. 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.
Here are the new dates of meetings, conventions and conferences that have been postponed due to coronavirus.
- 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.
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
- The American Society of Association Executives has cancelled its 2020 Annual Meeting & Exposition (which would have been the organization's 100th annual meeting), scheduled to take place Aug. 8-11 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The organizers announced that they would be holding a virtual event the week of Aug. 10, more details of which would be announced the first week of June.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trade show marketing event EXHIBITORLIVE, has tentatively been rescheduled to Aug. 16-20 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
- 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.
- Reed Exhibitions Mexico has announced that IBTM Americas 2020, scheduled for May 27-28, will now take place Aug. 26-27 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.
- 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.
- The National Hardware Show, which was scheduled to take place May 5-7 in Las Vegas has been rescheduled for Sept. 1-3. Now in its 75th year, the show garners more than 30,000 hardware industry professionals.
- 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.
- The 25th Annual Pri-Med West CME/CE Conference primary care continuing medical education conference has been moved to Sept. 2-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
- Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference & Expo will now take place Sept. 13-16 at Doral Resort in Miami, Fla.
- 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.
- Medical device show BIOMEDevice will now take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Sept. 16-17.
- Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, has been postponed to Sept. 22-24. The seafood industry event will take place at the Boston Exhibition and Convention Center.
- 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.
- 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 2021.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- The American Society of Association Executives has cancelled its 2020 Annual Meeting & Exposition, scheduled to take place Aug. 8-11 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.