Coronavirus outbreak: WFA Global Marketer Week and a host of major events postponed

In Singapore, the city-state has moved to DORSCON orange.

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has hit a high level of concern globally, and has now infected 44,793 people and claimed the lives of 1,112 people across 28 territories at the time of writing.

In the Asia Pacific, financial and business hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong are the two countries that have been badly affected at the time of writing. In Singapore, the city-state has moved to DORSCON orange which means that event organisers are being advised to cancel or defer large-scale events.

Here is the list of major events that have been postponed.

WFA Global Marketer Week

Originally supposed to be held from 31 March to 3 April in Singapore, the WFA has decided to postpone the event. It will now be held in Singapore from April 20 – 23, 2021.

The Drum's Predictions

The Drum’s first APAC Predictions Breakfast on 13 February, where the publication was to explore disruptions throughout business, culture and technology, has been postponed to a yet-to-be-announced date.

Speakers like Ishmit Bedi, APAC performance marketing manager at Google, Leela Nair, managing director at Ebiquity SEA, Ryan Murray, director, partnerships at White Ops, Sorcha John, managing director at Iris and Sonal Patel, managing director, SEA at Quantcast were originally scheduled to speak.

Singapore Women Entrepreneurs Development Program (WEDP)

The event which Procter & Gamble (P&G) organizes in partnership with WEConnect International was supposed to be held on 14 February.

The guest-of-honour was Dr. Lei Hsien Hsien, the first female chief executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham SG). Sam Garcia, vice president supply chain Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa at Procter & Gamble was also supposed to grace the kick-off.

Splice Beta

The conference, held in Chiang Mai, targets media startups in Asia and looks at the transformation of media. Originally supposed to be held in February, it has been moved to 22 to 24 September 2020.

Overthrow II Festival

PHD Singapore has announced the Overthrow II Festival event, which explores the 10 different challenger strategies, or narratives and scheduled for 26 February 2020, has been postponed to a later date.

IT Show

One of the largest consumer electronics exhibitions in Singapore, the annual event was supposed to take place on March 12-15 at the Suntec Convention Centre. The organiser, Sphere Exhibits, has said it is delaying the events after considering the safety and health concerns of the exhibitors, partners and the public.

Art Basel Hong Kong

The Art Basel franchise, which has fairs in Miami and Basel, Switzerland has announced its Hong Kong event, which was scheduled for 17-21 March has been postponed.

It would have been the eighth edition of one of Asia’s most prestigious art fairs. In 2019, it drew some 88,000 people, including visitors from mainland China.

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