Published on : Monday, February 24, 2020
Prominent shows rescheduled to ensure stakeholder safety from novel coronavirus. Due to the sudden outbreak of coronavirus three prominent shows, 45th CIFF Guangzhou, Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) 2020 and EFE 2020 has been postponed for the time being.
CIFF Guangzhou and CIFM/interzum Guangzhou 2020 postponed:
The 45th CIFF Guangzhou and CIFM/interzum Guangzhou 2020, which was initially scheduled to take place across two phases from March 18-21 and 28-31, are the latest events to be postponed due to the spreading coronavirus. CIFF is one of the world’s largest furniture trade exhibitions, with a growing emphasis on goods designed and made in China. New dates will be notified in due course, mentioned the organiser China Foreign Trade Guangzhou/Exhibition General Corp. As China is fighting a serious battle against the novel coronavirus, prevention and control of the epidemic is the country’s most important work for now. Following the Chinese government’s guidelines to contain the virus, the Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province and Guangzhou Municipal Commerce Bureau recently announced that all large-scale economic and trade events should be suspended. To ensure health and safety of all participants, the organizers have taken the decision to postpone the 45th China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou) (“CIFF Guangzhou”) and China International Furniture Machinery & Furniture Raw Materials Fair 2020 (“CIFM/interzum guangzhou”) until a later date.
After close consultation with stakeholders regarding travel and safety concerns around the coronavirus, the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) 2020 has been rescheduled from March 6-9 to June 30 to the July 3rd. It will take place at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). According to organiser Informa Markets, the decision was taken with regret, but some countries have already restricted staff travel. “In light of the constantly evolving situation, we have taken the difficult decision to reschedule the event. We appreciate the international buyers who had looked forward to attending the show in March and hope to have their continued support to attend on the new date. MIFF has built a global reputation over the past 25 years and serves buyers from 140 countries and regions. With the new dates, we will continue our work to generate more business opportunities for the show. Also, we offer our sincere sympathies to those who have been affected by the virus in China and other countries,” says Datuk Dr Tan Chin Huat, MIFF’s founder and chairman.
Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani bin Daud, CEO of the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), further added, “The COVID-19 situation in Malaysia is under control. The health situation is being managed by the Ministry of Health, National Disaster Management Agency and various other ministries and agencies under a committee chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. We have been adhering to the precautions and safety measures as recommended by the WHO, and are taking their guidance and recommendations seriously. “We understand the organiser of MIFF’s decision to reschedule the show due to the impact on international travels and other commercial considerations. It is my sincere hope that the delegates would benefit from the event and take the opportunity to experience Malaysia in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2020. On behalf of MyCEB, I look forward to welcoming all international buyers to Malaysia and wish all of you an enjoyable and fruitful event in June 2020.”
Export Furniture Exhibition (EFE) 2020 has been rescheduled to August 27-29 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). The decision is taken with great regret after the Town Hall meeting held on 17 February 2020 with the organiser and its exhibitors. The postponement was decided collectively through voting after careful considerations with stakeholders. There are a lot of uncertainties arising from travel disruptions and other circumstances due to concerns of the COVID-19 situation. Some countries have recently issued travel advisories and companies are restricting travel of their executives.
“In light of the constantly evolving situation, we have taken the difficult decision to reschedule the event through the meeting and voting. We appreciate the international buyers who had looked forward to attending the show in March and hope to have their continued support to attend on the new date. ”