IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has announced the IAAPA Expo Asia 2020 is to be postponed until 2021 in response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The event was due to take place June 8 to 10, 2020 in Macao, China. It will now be held in June 2021.

Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA, commented on the decision to postpone the Expo: “The health and safety of our members and our team is always our top priority. After extensive evaluation and input from members, the IAAPA Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone IAAPA Expo Asia 2020.

“Since early January, we have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus outbreak and have been in constant contact with our global team and members. While this is not an easy decision, we are confident it is the right one, and in best interest of our exhibitors and attendees.

“The decision to postpone the Expo until 2021 is based on information we have at this time including global travel concerns and restrictions, the current health situation, and continued unknowns regarding the coronavirus.

“IAAPA is committed to supporting the global attractions industry, and we will continue to assist members impacted by the coronavirus. We are working with the many IAAPA Expo Asia exhibitors who have been patient with us as we studied all possible options this year. We are grateful for their patience and understanding,” continued McEvoy.

Exhibitors contracted to attend at IAAPA Expo Asia 2020 are advised to contact the IAAPA Global Sales Team at ExhibitSales@IAAPA.org to discuss the postponement and the prospect of exhibiting in Macao in 2021.