The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) is ‘continuing as planned’ with its preparations for the Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference (10-14 May) amid the intensifying coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement on its website and via Twitter, TFWA says it is liaising with authorities in Singapore together with other relevant bodies and ‘will take appropriate action in the interests of the industry as and when necessary’.
TFWA President Alain Maingreaud told TRBusiness last week that while the association continues to assess the current situation, there was ‘no plan B at this stage’ with regards to a contingency for the TFWA Asia Pacific event.
TRBusiness has reached out to TFWA to ascertain if that position has changed and if/when an appropriate call would have to be made.
A note on the website reads: “We remain optimistic that the effects of the current outbreak will be short term, and we believe it is important to be ready for business to resume as quickly as possible once the immediate issues have been resolved.”
Maingreaud echoed those sentiments in comments made last week. He said: “Hopefully we will see an improvement in the coming weeks. At the moment, it is about keeping in contact with our members and the various industry associations and sharing information.
“We are fully aware of this difficult situation, but mindful of the resilient nature of our industry. Of course there will be an impact, but overall I am quite optimistic.”
At the time of writing, China’s National Health Commission is reporting more than 560 deaths and more than 28,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
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