CP+ and World Mobile Congress Cancelled on Coronavirus scare
Increases importance to Photokina 2020?
With the world in frenzy over the coronavirus epidemic, some of the biggest shows globally have been cancelled on safety and security concerns. Two of the biggest shows in the photography and mobile segments, CP+ in Japan (scheduled to start from 27th February) and the Mobile World Congress in Spain (scheduled to start from 24th February) have been called off.
But what makes things interesting in the photography world now is the increased focus on Photokina 2020? With Koelnmesse turning a new leaf by making the show an annual affair and starting on 27th May this year, does this cancellation throw light on Photokina as an important global event for the year? Number of new products were expected to be introduced at the CP+ and WMC shows this year by some of the biggest manufacturers in the industry.
With growing feelings from global visitors to Photokina that the show is becoming more of a regional show, the current situation puts the light back on the worlds premier photographic show again, atleast for this year. There is no indication from CIPA, the organizers of CP+ if there has been another date scheduled yet.
But with the Photokina 2020 show scheduled in May this year, it is expected that the world would’ve put the virus scare behind them by then.
In a statement CIPA President, Masaya Maeda said that given there is no effective treatment or containment measures to deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have chosen to cancel CP+2020 because we put top priority on the health and safety of visitors and exhibitors. The event was originally scheduled to be held over 4 days at PACIFICO Yokohama from February 27.
CP+ is a trade show for consumers. The main feature of this show is that visitors can actually handle the newest camera and related equipment to get a feel for how they operate. The event attracts around 70,000 unspecified visitors and therefore we cannot completely eliminate the risk of infection. The CIPA believes it is important to avoid such risk at all cost. While it is truly regrettable, we have decided to cancel this year’s show.