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Official Statement from IAEE

On behalf of the IAEE Board of Directors and Staff, we would like to extend our deepest concern and support for our members, friends, colleagues and customers impacted by the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency.

For decades, trade shows around the world have been instrumental to building brands, forging partnerships, providing education and so much more. We have been fortunate to see our industry flourish on a global scale. When a crisis such as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) occurs, the effects are felt by all of us in the industry.

IAEE continues to monitor the developments of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on exhibitions and events. We are gathering information as this crisis evolves in order to understand the extent of its impact and how we may be of service. We are also gathering resources as quickly as they become available to us, in an effort to help navigate the difficulties presented by these circumstances.

IAEE is providing these resources for your information only. IAEE has not vetted or edited the information provided on this Coronavirus Resources site.

We understand the immense time and effort invested in organizing exhibitions and events, and the burden placed on those whose trade shows are facing disruptions and/or cancellations due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). IAEE extends its best wishes and continued support as our industry endures this crisis together.

Sincerely

David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 Robert McLean, CPA, CAE, CEM
President and CEO聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽2020 Chairperson

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA: If you would like to request an interview with an IAEE spokesperson, please contact us.

IAEE President & CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA addresses concerns about COVID-19 and the steps we can all take to be aware and stay informed on current events.

 

On 28 February 2020, David Dubois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA and Professor Willy C. Shih, the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School spoke to the BBC about COVID-19 and the logistics of canceling for a major organiser.

Listen to the BBC Recording Here


IAEE has created a set of considerations for show organizers to use when planning their show amidst COVID-19 concerns from their various stakeholders.


IAEE鈥檚 exhibition organizer members are experiencing disruptions to attendance/exhibitors from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As there is a lot of information available – some reliable and some not – we have compiled a list of resources to use when navigating this new threat to the global exhibitions community.