Currently set to No Follow

Expo Industry Facing the COVID-19 Pandemic Head On

Expo industry which relies on mass gatherings as part of its lifeblood, the adjustments may not be that easy

Share via
2 shares, 122 points
Share via

COVID-19 Pandemic


The crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic opens the question on how the business sector would respond to the changes this global concern may bring to the economy in the coming months. This is a case where no exemption is given. Businesses, big or small are all dealing with the crisis day by day.

For an industry which relies on mass gatherings as part of its lifeblood, the adjustments may not be that easy. Worldbex Services International (WSI), the country’s premiere events organizer, had to postpone some of its major events this year. Even with its banner events at stake including the 25th year celebration of WORLDBEX and the 16th Manila International Auto Show, an event organizer’s priority is the health and safety of its stakeholders, attendees, and employees over anything else.


This is not the first time the industry faced a struggle which forced expo organizers to re-evaluate their strategy.  Looking back at the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the local MICE Industry was challenged. One notable action was done by WSI wherein foreign exhibitors withdrew from the event which pushed the organizer to make a quick and careful decision to further strengthen its local exhibitors’ line-up. The shift in their game plan gained overwhelming support from the industry players up until today.


It has always been the company’s strength to spearhead a platform where businesses can find solutions and opportunities through introduction into new industry connections. With the same foundation, they are already looking into potential scenarios on how expos can address the issues businesses may encounter after the crisis as a way of staying competitive and innovative. Nonetheless, WSI also believes that the focus should all be given to every effort to flatten the curve. In relation, the organizers are proud and honored with the dedication given by PICC and World Trade Center Metro Manila, their second homes, as these venues serve a different purpose to further help the country in solving the crisis. Through the leadership of DPWH Sec. Mark Villar, the transition and conversion of the said venues are being completed ahead of schedule. Once everything is in a more manageable state, they commit to uphold its goal in helping businesses to bounce back with several innovative solutions already waiting in the pipeline for their upcoming events.

Read more  The New Normal Strategies in the Engineering Sector


The private sector as key industry players in driving the economy as the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibitions (MICE) Industry has been a strategic area for boosting tourism and contributes to the country’s gross domestic product.

An expo is more than just a showcase. In a time where businesses aim to regain momentum, expos can help kick-start a brand or a product’s action plan. As the game changes and a “new normal” might begin, means and ways may change but the mission will always be the same.

The uncertainty of a crisis can’t hold back the Filipino entrepreneur’s spirit. We are resilient when faced with adversity, we adapt to the surroundings, and we always find ways to make things work.

We will continue to work and improve as our way of giving back to society. True enough, even with a crisis at hand, we are able to create opportunities beyond expositions.


Worldbex Services International is the event organizer for the following titles: Philippine World Building & Construction Expo (WORLDBEX), The Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), The Philippine Building and Construction Expo (PHILBEX – Davao, Iloilo, Cebu), Manila Food and Beverage Expo (MAFBEX), World of Consumer Electronics Expo (WOCEE), World of Safety and Security Expo (WOSAS), Travel and Leisure Expo (TLEX – Iloilo, Davao), Iloilo Food and Beverage Expo (IFBEX), Cebu Auto Show (CAS), Cebu Food and Beverage Expo (CEFBEX), and World Bazaar Festival.


Watch Live Stream & Real Time Statistics of COVID-19

Other COVID-19 Updates

WHO Q&A: COVID-19 and Influenza Comparison

ASHRAE on COVID-19 HVAC Concerns

Harvard Talks: Engineering Work Culture After COVID-19 Pandemic

Here’s the Tesla Ventilator Prototype

Harvard Talks: 7 Leadership Principles in the Time of COVID-19

Tiger Tests Positive for Coronavirus at New York Zoo

Harvard Talks: Cut Salaries or Cut People?

Lamborghini Medical Shields & Surgical Masks for Health Workers

WHO COVID-19 Buildings & Tents Screening Layout Standards

UCLA Engineer Made a Ventilator from Hardware Items

Airbus Gives 3D-Printed Hospital Visors to Health Workers

Airlines COVID-19 Analysis: Aviation Collapsed

Forecast Deaths, Hospitals & Ventilators: COVID-19 Impact, USA Full Report

Ventilation Standards for Buildings Converted to COVID-19 Hospitals

Harvard Talks: The Supply Chain in Post COVID-19 Era

COVID-19 Deaths to Reach 81,000 in US By June – Forecasts by IHME & Univ. of Washington

Top 10 Largest Ventilator Manufacturers in the World

List of Government Officials Tested Positive in PH

Metronic Ventilator Ramping Up Production

Engineers, Can You Help Build a DIY Ventilator for Hospitals?

Water is Our First Line of Defense Against COVID-19

COVID-19 Economic Aftermath on the Construction Industry

Complete List of Companies Working on Coronavirus Vaccine

COVID-19 War: 70K Physicians vs 109M Filipinos

Famous People Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

These Politicians Tested Positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Postponed Exhibitions in the Philippines due to COVID-19

Cancelled Major Events Around the World Due to COVID-19

World Bank Gives $12 Billion to COVID-19 Affected Countries

COVID-19 Philippines: DOH on Code Red Status

PPE Shortage Endangering Health Workers Worldwide

The List of COVID-19 Disinfectants Approved by EPA

World Bank Gives $12 Billion to COVID-19 Affected Countries

Air Cargo Demand Down 3.3% due to COVID-19 Disruption

COVID-19 Financial Impacts in the Aviation Industry

COVID-19 Hits January Airline Passenger Demand, IATA

Share via

Read more  Harvard Talks: HVAC Healthy Buildings During COVID-19

Like it? Share with your friends!

Share via
2 shares, 122 points


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept the Privacy Policy * for Click to select the duration you give consent until.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Send this to a friend