Asian exhibitions fall victim to SARS crisis

A spate of Asia-based exhibitions and events organised by UK companies have become the latest casualties of the SARS epidemic sweeping the Far East.

A spate of Asia-based exhibitions and events organised by UK companies have become the latest casualties of the SARS epidemic sweeping the Far East. Production agency Jack Morton Worldwide has been forced to cancel six events including one for a major overseas financial client that was due to take place in Beijing later this month. Each event has been re-scheduled for post-September. Jack Morton Worldwide chairman Lois Jacobs said: “The spate of postponements is not at all surprising as events that bring people together in a face-to-face environment could pose a significant risk.” UK exhibition organisers that have been affected by the SARS outbreak include Overseas Exhibition Services, which is putting together the tenth Asian exhibition for hospitality suppliers, HOFEX 2003. Overseas Exhibition Services and its China-based office Hong Kong Exhibition Services has re-scheduled the show to run from 15-18 July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, in place of its previously scheduled dates at the start of this month. Jacobs concluded: “Positives to be drawn from the crisis are that people are still talking to us about events in Asia after July and the message coming from our Hong Kong office is that the worst of this dreadful epidemic is behind them.”

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