Although the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has not officially been declared a pandemic, multiple companies have canceled events around the world due to fear of travel. Here are the latest.
The Latest: Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS)
The 90th Geneva International Motor Show has been canceled. It was set to begin next week. The Swiss government has banned all "public and private" events with more than 1,000 people. In a statement, GIMS/Palexpo SA said "The 90th edition of the GIMS, which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from 5 to 15 March 2020, will now finally not take place. This is an injonction decision of the Federal Council of 28 February 2020 that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to take place until 15 March 2020. The decision falls 3 days before the opening of the exhibition to the media."
Some companies that were set to exhibit at GIMS were:
Audi (OTC: AUDVF)
Volkswagen (OTC: VWAPY)
Hyundai (OTC: HYMTF)
BMW (OTC: BMWYY)
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE: FCAU)
Honda Motor Co. (NYSE: HMC)
Mazda Motor Corp (OTC: MZDAY)
Daimler AG (OTC: DMLRY)
Renault (OTC: RNLSY)
Toyota Mortor Corp (NYSE: TM)
One of the world’s largest travel trade shows, ITB Berlin was set to take place on March 4th through March 8th.
“ITB Berlin 2020 will not take place. Due to the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics have decided to cancel ITB Berlin. The responsible health authority of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf of Berlin has increased the requirements for the event to take place early this evening (18:27). Among other things, the authority orders Every trade fair participant must prove to Messe Berlin that they do not come from the defined risk areas or have had contact with a person from the risk areas. Messe Berlin is unable to implement all these requirements.”
Facebook (NYSE: FB) canceled its annual F8 developer conference due to fears over the coronavirus. The event was originally scheduled for May 5th and 6th, but instead, the company will host local events and live stream some content in an effort to make up for the in-person component of the conference.
Before the cancellation of its F8 conference, Facebook also canceled its Global Marketing Summit citing health concerns due to the recent outbreak. The event was scheduled to take place March 9 through 12.
One of the biggest tech events of the year, MWC (formerly known as Mobile World Congress), was canceled over growing concerns around the coronavirus. Hosted in Barcelona, the event gathers exhibitors and press from all over the world, with a lot coming from China.
The event attracts roughly 100,000 attendees, making it one of the highest-profile events canceled over the coronavirus. Some notable attendees included Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), Facebook and Sony (NYSE: SNE).
Global Fashion Weeks
Beijing and Shanghai’s fashion weeks, set to take place at the end of March, have both been postponed. This makes sense, as most coronavirus cases are China, but Chinese fashion brands have also pulled out of the more notable fashion weeks which take place in Paris and Milan.
The SaaS provider canceled a sales conference that was set to take place in Orlando next week. The event was scheduled to have roughly 3,000 attendees.
Here Are Some Events The Coronavirus Might Impact
The Game Developer Conference
Amazon Web Services announced it pulled out of the event over continued concerns around the coronavirus. In its place, the company will host an online event. Although this does not necessarily mean the conference itself will be canceled, but Amazon isn’t the first big name to pull out. Other notable companies that pulled out already include Facebook, Sony, EA (NYSE: EA), Epic Games and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MFST).
Google's IO 2020 conference
The company reported it's allowing registration cancellations until April 15th. The whole event could be canceled if the situation worsens.
Other events taking place around the second quarter. As time goes on and the virus continues to spread, more events down the line will also likely be canceled.
Announcements from some of the companies set to present at MWC
Companies commonly use this event as a medium to announce new products and concepts.