From phones to watches, planes to jeans, some of the world’s biggest trade exhibitions are being cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
More and more organisers are pulling events over fears of spreading the potentially deadly disease, with many thousands of attendees having to alter travel plans.
The most high-profile cancellation so far has been the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, which was due to take place at the end of this month.
BT, Ericsson, Facebook, LG, Nokia, Sony and Vodafone were among the major brands visitors were hoping to see.
The event usually attracts more than 100,000 people, with an estimated 6,000 of them travelling from China.
It’s not the only technology event that has been cancelled due to the outbreak.
Cisco Live, set to take place in Melbourne at the beginning of March, with more than 8,500 people expected to attend, has also been called off.
The annual gettogether for the US networking firm normally puts customers in front of engineers and executives, has training sessions, and evening entertainment events. Networking about networking, if you will.
But a message on the event’s website said: “Our customers, partners and employees are our top priority and we strongly believe this is the…