NAB, The Photography Program and Photokina still proceeding as planned regardless of coronarivus issues
With the recent cancellations of both Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona and CP in Japan due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, there is growing issue about what might happen to other big trade shows within the photography and video industry over the next couple of months.
DIYP reached out to The Photography Show(TPS) in the UK, the National Association of Broadcasters(NAB) in the USA, and Photokina in Germany to discover their present ideas and plans for their upcoming programs.
The Photography Show— March 14-17, 2020, Birmingham, England
In a statement, The Photography Show organisers told DIYP that the event is still to go ahead as planned. Far, only 9 individuals have been detected with COVID-19 coronavirus in the UK, although health authorities have actually contacted conference attendees in London after one visitor at the UK Bus Summit at the QeII Conference Centre was positively identified.
Whilst the UK risk level of coronavirus has actually been increased from low to moderate, the risk to individuals has actually not altered at this stage and stays low. Occasions at the NEC are for that reason going ahead as prepared, and it is organisation as normal for The Photography Show & The Video Show.
— Jonny Sullens, Occasion Director for The Photography Program
NAB— April 18-22, 2020, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
NAB has today provided a press release in action to our request. The NAB Show is currently still going ahead as prepared however is carefully monitoring the COVID-190 scenario.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), organizer of NAB Show, verified the 2020 NAB Program is set to take place as prepared, April 18– 22 in Las Vegas. The association is carefully monitoring COVID-19, typically referred to as coronavirus, and is prepared to dedicate whatever resources necessary to make sure a safe and efficient NAB Show experience.
NAB Program is the premier event driving the advancement of media and entertainment. The convention’s 1,600 exhibitors and 90,000 participants rely on the yearly NAB Program to raise their profile and meet organisation goals.
To that end, NAB is devoted to providing fast reactions and support in support of the international NAB Program neighborhood’s participation plans. The occasion management team has launched a COVID-19 resource page on the NAB Program site, where updates will be offered.
Currently, NAB is:
- Following all assistance and recommended safety measures provided by the World Health Company and the Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance(CDC), in addition to state and local health organizations.
- Working with the Las Vegas Convention Center, the airport authority, and location hotels and resorts to collaborate proper security procedures.
- Following CDC recommendations and protocols for heightened levels of cleanliness at event centers.
- Making lodgings and actively encouraging guests to take common-sense precautions and follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of health problem.
- Ensuring healthcare is readily accessible to address instant health issues.
- Working with China-based exhibitors and signed up guests to evaluate choices for those unable to participate in due to take a trip constraints. Of note, NAB Show presence from China, although growing, represented less than 2 percent of overall signed up guests in 2019.
NAB is taking COVID-19 really seriously and is totally invested and prepared to host an effective NAB Program in Las Vegas. NAB Program has actually experienced an uptick in exhibition sales, attendee registration and hotel bookings in recent weeks, and conference program speakers are validated daily.
Photokina— May 27-30, 2020, Cologne, Germany
Koelnmesse, the place and organisers of Photokina have also supplied DIYP with a main statement regarding all occasions at the Koelnmesse, including Photokina. They also referred us to a declaration made by the German Trade Fair Association
We are currently getting numerous queries about whether a potential threat from the incident of the corona virus in China will have an influence on our Koelnmesse events.
For Koelnmesse’s part, we take the subject seriously and have actually initiated a state of increased watchfulness. This includes us remaining in irreversible discussion with the health authorities. In view of the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the German Federal Ministry of Health and the regional health authorities, there is currently no reason to cancel major events such as those at Koelnmesse.
That implies: All of Koelnmesse’s occasions in Cologne will be going ahead as prepared. We have actually taken useful prophylactic steps at our exhibit grounds and are informing our customers accordingly.
So, for now, all three shows are going ahead as prepared, however all 3 are taking the possible risks that COVID-19 positions really seriously. Things might alter in between now and when the shows in fact proceed, but for right now, whatever is as set up.
We’ll keep you posted if we hear that anything has actually altered, however do not go cancelling your travel prepares just!