ASIA WINE SHOWS UPDATE: SINGAPORE AND CHENGDU POSTPONED, HK STAYS PUT FOR NOW
By Susan Lewis
Credit: David Mathews
The organisers of ProWine Asia 2020, Messe Dusseldorf Asia and Informa Markets, have announced to postpone the show which was scheduled to take place in Singapore from 31 March to 3 April due to the threat of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is also announced that the inaugural FHA-Food & Beverage show, which was scheduled to be held along the ProWine Asia show, will also be postponed.
The organisers said new dates will be announced shortly and they we will be in touch with all confirmed exhibitors.
They said the decision was taken after extensive industry consultations, and aimed to safeguard the safety and well-being of industry players and employees.
“Our focus now is to provide our exhibitors, event partners and registered visitors with the support they require as a result of this decision. We will continue to work in partnership with the relevant government authorities and agencies and take all further measures in accordance with the latest advisories published by the Singapore Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Manpower and the Singapore Tourism Board,” said Martyn Cox, Event Director of Informa Markets.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all exhibitors and partners for supporting the exhibitions and are committed to working towards the best possible outcome. We are working actively with all partners to find a suitable alternative date,” added Beattrice J. Ho, Project Director of Messe Düsseldorf Asia.
Meanwhile, the China Food and Drinks Exhibition (Chengdu), which is arguably the biggest drinks trade fair inside China, has also been postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Originally scheduled to be held from 26 to 28 March in Chengdu city in Southwestern China, no new dates have yet been announced by the organiser, which is the Chengdu Government.
Notwithstanding these, the organiser of Vinexpo Hong Kong 2020, however, said that they are planning to go ahead with the show as scheduled from 26 to 28 May for now.
But in case the COVID-19 situation continues to worsen, they are prepared to move the Hong Kong show to July.
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