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Global Events Cancelled: Concerts, football, basketball and international exhibition, these are the largest global events that has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) are heavily affected by the COVID-19 outbreak around the world.  It is expected that the MICE industry will experience a heavy negative economic impact.

While Italy has had a concentration of events cancelled in the last week or so, worldwide events like trade shows are taking a hit as well, as concern about slowing the spread of the coronavirus — and hopefully cutting it off before it reaches epidemic levels — becomes paramount among corporate leaders worldwide. For example, the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the industry’s biggest annual trade show in Barcelona, Spain, was called off last week due to the virus.

Thus far, MWC is but one on a list of 24 trade show events cancelled due to COVID-19, a trend that experts are increasingly worried will take a massive bite out of the $2.5 trillion USD a year global industry.

Based on UFI data, the orders that exhibiting companies currently are not securing so far add up to $27.7 billion globally.
Of this, UFI estimates lost orders of around $14.8 billion in Asia/Pacific, $11 billion in Europe and $1.9 billion in the U.S.

As additional events continue to be postponed, these numbers will rise further in the weeks to come.

 

As an industry, the exhibitions generate a total economic output of $26.2 billion per month globally on average, translating into more than 270,000 jobs.

Besides the economic impact losses in the U.S. of events not taking place, in Europe and Asia/Pacific total losses so far are $16.5 billion. Hardest hit is Asia/Pacific, where the impact already is reaching more than $9.6 billion.

In Europe, with an ongoing wave of postponed and/or cancelled shows, the impact is reaching $6.6 billion. In addition, $1.2 billion so far  in the U.S., as mentioned higher. Calculations for other regions are underway.

Festivals and conferences like Coachella, SXSW and E3 — which directly support jobs and generate revenue for local businesses by pulling in tens of thousands of attendees — provide a substantial economic boost to the communities they’re in.

Here are the list of events that has been cancelled as of 16th March, 7:00 am (Hong Kong timezone).

Asia Pacific Events Cancelled

59th ICCA Congress
Chinese Taipei

CES Asia
China

Taipei International Book Exhibition
Taiwan

League of Legends Pro League
China

Singapore Airshow
Singapore

China Commodity Markets Insight Forum 2020
China

National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) travel fair 2020
Singapore

Mobile World Congress (MWC)
Spain

China Iron Ore 2020
China

East China Import and Export Commodity Fair
China

Palm and Lauric Oils Price Outlook Conference & Exhibition 2020
Malaysia

Marine Money China
China

Food & Hotel Asia
Singapore

National People’s Congress
China

Canton Fair
China

Interior & Design Manila (IDM)
Philippines

Middle East Events Cancelled

Qatar International Maritime Defense Exhibition
Qatar

Art Dubai Fair
Dubai

World Triathlon Series
Abu Dhabi

International Book Fair
Abu Dhabi

Grand Prix
Qatar

Ultra Festival
Abu Dhabi

Hindu Festival of Holi 2020
Dubai

International Boat Show/International Superyacht Summit
Dubai

Oil and Gas Conferences
Bahrain

GCC Game
Kuwait

Red Sea International Film Festival
Saudi Arabia

Petroleum and Energy Show
Oman

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North America Events Cancelled

RIMS2020 Conference
Denver, USA

National Credit Union Management Association
Florida

Satellite 2020
Washington, D.C.

Aesthetic Meeting 2020 and Skin Care 2020
Nevada

MODEX 2020
Georgia

California Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference
California

The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition
California

HelmsBriscoe’s European, Middle Eastern and Africa (EMEA) Regional Meeting
United Kingdom,

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo 2020
Louisiana

Incentive Live
Arizona

ICCA Association Expert Seminar – AES
Germany

World Education Congress
Texas

SISO CEO Summit
Texas

ROC Exhibitions, Inc
Maryland

Women’s Summit
Louisiana

Annual Symposium
Missouri

DECA’s International Career Development Conference
Tennessee

The International Pizza Expo
Nevada

Channel Partners Conference & Expo
Nevada

The Venetian and Sands Expo
Nevada

The ASD Market Week
Nevada

CinemaCon
Nevada

The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show
New York City

27th Annual Education Invitational
Caribbean

EXHIBITORLIVE
Nevada

CEO Summit
California

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE
Nevada

CONNEX 2020
Florida

IACC Americas Connect
Texas

Women in Leadership Meetings + Incentives
Washington, D.C.

E3
California

The Nonprofit Technology Conference
Maryland

NAB Show
Nevada

New York International Auto Show
New York City

The New England Food Show
Massachusetts

Coachella
California

International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care
Massachusetts

Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo
Pennsylvania

TED 2020: Uncharted
Canada

Intimate-apparel trade
Nevada

McDonald’s worldwide convention
Florida

The Ace Hardware 2020 Spring Convention
Illinois

The Beauty Experience NY and International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference
New York City

Emerald City Comic Con
Washington

ISC West
Nevada

Global health care conference HIMSS
Florida

The NXT Global Summit
Nevada

X4: The Experience Management Summit
Utah

Atmosphere’20 Digital
Nevada

Starbucks’ annual shareholder meeting
Washington, D.C.

2020 IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings
Washington, D.C.

Adobe Summit
Nevada

Travel and Expense Customer Conference
Florida

Shoreline Amphitheater
California

Google Cloud Next ’20: Digital Connect
California

Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America
Massachusetts

Inspired Home Show
Illinois

2020 APS March Meeting
Colorado

Natural Products Expo West
California

CERAWeek by IHS Markit
Texas

F8 Developers Conference
California

GPU Technology Conference
California

The Game Developers Conference
California

Lead 2020 Conference
California

Workday Sales Kickoff Sales Meeting
Florida

Zendesk Relate Conference
Florida

Domopalooza
Utah

Trans-Pacific Merchants
California

MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

Sporting Events Cancelled

Ireland vs Italy (Six Nations rugby), Sat 7 March, POSTPONED
Ireland

Strade Bianchi (cycling), Sat 7 March, CANCELLED
Italy

Qatar MotoGP, Sun 8 March, POSTPONED
Qatar

Man City vs Arsenal (Premier League), Weds 11 March, POSTPONED
England

BNP Paribas Open (tennis), 11-22 March, CANCELLED
California, USA

Tirreno-Adriatico (cycling), 11-17 March, CANCELLED
Italy

Inter vs Getafe (Europa League football), Thurs 12 March, POSTPONED
Italy

Sevilla vs Roma (Europa League football), Thurs 12 March, POSTPONED
Italy

NBA (Basketball), from Thurs 12 March, SUSPENDED until further notice

MLS (football), from Thurs 12 March, SUSPENDED until further notice
USA

Pro14 (rugby union), from Thurs 12 March, SUSPENDED until further notice
United Kingdom

Magical Kenya Open (European Tour golf), 12-15 March, POSTPONED
Kenya

ATP Tour (tennis), 12 March-27 April SUSPENDED with all tournaments CANCELLED up until that date
Australia

World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, 13-15 March, POSTPONED until March 2021
China

World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul, 13-15 March, CANCELLED
Korea

La Liga (football), 14 March-4 April, SUSPENDED
Spain

Italy vs England (Six Nations rugby), Sat 14 March, POSTPONED
Italy

France vs Ireland (Six Nations rugby), Sat 14 March, POSTPONED
France

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Real Madrid vs Manchester City (Champions League), Tues 17 March, POSTPONED
United Kingdom

Indian Open (European Tour golf), 19-22 March, POSTPONED
India

Cardiff Blues vs Zebre (Pro14 rugby), Sat 21 March, POSTPONED
Italy

Milan-San Remo (cycling), Sat 21 March, CANCELLED
Italy

Thailand MotoGP, Sun 22 March, POSTPONED (Sun 4 October)
Thailand

Swiss Super League, POSTPONED until Mon 23 March
Switzerland

Miami Open, (tennis) 25 March – 5 April CANCELLED
USA

Munster vs Benetton (Pro14 rugby), Fri 27 March, POSTPONED
Ireland

Rome Marathon, Sun 29 March, CANCELLED
Italy

Netherlands vs Spain, Sun 29 March, CANCELLED
Netherlands

China Open (snooker), 30 March-5 April, CANCELLED
China

Giro di Sicilia (cycling), 1-4 April, CANCELLED
Italy

Serie A, POSTPONED until Fri 3 April
Italy

Connacht vs Zebre (Pro14 rugby), Sat 4 April, POSTPONED
Italy

Benetton vs Munster (Pro14 rugby), Sat 4 April, POSTPONED
Ireland

Paris Marathon, Sun 5 April, POSTPONED until Sun 18 October
France

Xi’an Open (WTA Tour tennis), 13-19 April, CANCELLED
China

Fed Cup finals and play-offs, 14-19 April, POSTPONED
Hungary

Chinese Grand Prix (F1), Sun 19 April, POSTPONED
China

Kunming Open (WTA Tour tennis), 27 April-3 May, CANCELLED
China

Tokyo Olympics Will Move Forward

Despite of the multiple cancellations from various sporting events and MICE, the Tokyo Olympics will proceed as scheduled according to the press statement of the Olympic committee “The IOC EB encourages all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The IOC will keep supporting the athletes by providing the latest information and developments, which are accessible for athletes worldwide on the Athlete365 website”.

 

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Hina Sapra

Content Writer, South Asia. Hina is a former news correspondent at Times of India

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