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COVID-19 outbreak: Liveblog

Statement of ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath on the COVID-19 outbreak

A Special Message to ICCA China Members

ICCA Indonesia Committee - Message of Solidarity for ICCA China Members

Thank You Letter from ICCA China Committee

Shanghai Institutes for International Studies's Report January 2020: Coronavirus Battle in China: Process and Prospect 

Shanghai Institutes for International Studies's Report February 2020: China's Fight against Covid-19 Epidemic: A Decisive Campaign

Liu Ping's Interview with TTG MICE: Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do

Message from the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) regarding COVID-19

LAST UPDATED: 21-02-2020 - 13:14

ICCA analyses COVID-19 global meetings industry impact: Industry shows resilience and confidence

What is the novel COVID-19?

Regularly check the latest official information 

Response of the meetings industry 

News from Wuhan 

Association’s statements related to their upcoming meetings

Latest news on upcoming tradeshows

View a live-tracker of the spread of the disease from Johns Hopkins University 

How to prevent the spread of the COVID-19

Interview with Michael Kruppe General Manager, Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC)

Carina Bauer, IMEX CEO’s statement on IMEX Frankfurt 

Reed statement on novel COVID-19

WHOs Daily Situation Reports

Meetings Industry Calls for Support Measures in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

ICCA Top Tips on Crisis Management

WHO key recomendations

On 30 January the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. 

When facing uncertainty or crisis, identifying reliable and timely sources of information is critical to making responsible decisions. We have put together this liveblog to help you find reliable information about the novel COVID-19 outbreak and to share meetings industry-related resources with the global ICCA community of meeting suppliers and associations. 

If you have any additional useful information that you would like to share, please email us

"This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma. We are all in this together."

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization 

What is the novel COVID-19? 

COVID-19's are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). 

A novel COVID-19 was identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China. This is a new COVID-19 that has not been previously identified in humans. 

Source: WHO.  

Find more WHO advice about: 

Regularly check the latest official information 

In general, it is good practice in situations like these to stay calm, communicate responsibly and follow official health and travel advice. Download our whitepaper Crisis Management for Meetings for tips how to deal with crisis situations. 

We suggest to regularly check the latest official information on the virus of global health organisations: 

Please regularly check your National Travel Advisory Boards official foreign travel advice. 

Response of the meetings industry 

ICCA and JMIC, representing the combined interests of 19 international Meetings Industry associations, call upon all industry members to actively 

support measures that help restore and build confidence in event participation, including: 

  • Ensuring that all policies and procedures within the industry’s spheres of influence that help secure the health and safety of event participants are in place and up to date 
  • Maintaining detailed awareness of both local and global actions and restrictions in order to be able to advise on factors that may affect upcoming events 
  • Cooperating with local / national authorities to implement any measures that have been determined to potentially impact event attendees   
  • Consulting with event organizers and related service providers to explore ways in which any program adjustments that need to be made in response to outbreak-related impacts can be accommodated
  • Continuing to support awareness of the essential roles of meetings, conventions, exhibitions and business events as drivers of recovery and advancement of global economic and societal development 

ICCA Management and the team in the Netherlands show their solidarity and support to our members in China. We urge the ICCA Family to extend their support to the industry colleagues, the members and people in China.

ICCA Members from Malaysia send a message of solidarity to China.

News from Wuhan 

Stay up to date with the latest local updates by following ICCA Regional Director Asia Pacific, Noor Ahmad Hamid's Twitter

Association’s statements related to their upcoming meetings

We have collected statements on international meetings, which could be useful for your communication: 

Latest news on upcoming tradeshows

If you have any additional useful information that you would like to share, please email us