The coronavirus has struck the trade show sector with the International Housewares Association reporting that it would not open the International Sourcing Pavilion at the upcoming Inspired Home Show and reports circulating that the Canton Fair has suspended exhibitions.
IHA consulted with Chinese pavilion organizers and exhibitors, and decided on cancelling the International Sourcing Pavilion to address concerns about the health, safety and wellbeing of the industry regarding coronavirus exposure, said Derek Miller, IHA president. The rest of The Inspired Home Show remains scheduled from March 14 to 17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.
IHA pointed out that show attendees coming from China will be subject to customs and immigration policies that temporarily deny foreign nationals entry into the U.S. if they have visited China within 14 days of U.S. arrival. The organization noted that it would continue to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is working with the City of Chicago and McCormick Place officials in developing precautionary measures to further reduce health risks at The Inspired Home Show.
The report on the Canton Fair emerged from Reuters. The main Canton Fair is scheduled for April 15, but the newservice stated that officials associated with the event had suspended exhibitions until further notice. Reuters maintained that more than two dozen large trade fairs and industry conferences in China and other international destinations have been postponed due to travel curbs and concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
A report received by HomeWorld Business related that the Canton situation has become a significant topic of conversation at the ongoing Ambiente fair in Frankfurt as representatives of the international housewares and home furnishings industry come to grips with the disruption the coronavirus has caused to global trade.
HomeWorld Business attempts to contact event representatives and the Chinese Consulate in New York about the Canton Fair’s prospects did not produce immediate responses.