The 29th ACI Europe Airport Commercial & Retail Conference & Exhibition has been postponed amid the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
The event, was due to be hosted by Prague Václav Havel Airport and take place on 21-23 April at the Cubex Centre in Prague, Czech Republic.
TRBusiness has learned that the postponement is due to restrictions imposed by the Czech authorities and the inordinate amount of travel restrictions imposed on speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees.
Yesterday (12 March), the Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency and tightened preventative measures to limit the spread of the disease. From midnight on Sunday 16 March, all foreigners will be prohibited from entering the country, except those staying over 90 days and people who have permanent residence.
NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
The postponement of the 2020 ACI Europe Commercial & Retail event follows the cancellation of this year’s Summit of the Americas in Orlando (30 March-2 April) and TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference in Singapore (10-14 May).
An ACI Europe statement seen by TRBusiness said: “We feel this postponement is in line with guidance from the World Health Organisation and is in the best interest of public health and the safety of our participants. We apologise for the inconvenience this decision causes.”
The statement continued: “We are coordinating internally to make an announcement as soon as possible and would like to thank you for your patience while we try and work though this difficult situation to reach the best possible outcome for all involved parties and announce the new dates.”
More to follow…