AMSTERDAM, 5 FEBRUARY 2020: In the light of the recent international publicity surrounding the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Integrated Systems Europe today issues the following statement regarding the upcoming exhibition on 11-14 February at the RAI Amsterdam.
For the past 16 years the show’s co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA have been committed to delivering an event that benefits the global audiovisual industry. ISE has always perceived itself as the steward of this event – a place and time for the industry to come together and grow together. We reaffirm and continue that commitment for our last time in Amsterdam.
Our determination to proceed with the event has been made with consideration to current guidelines provided by public health authorities including that of the World Health Organization (WHO). We understand and support that our exhibiting partners will make decisions based on the best course of action for their employees and customers and that this situation requires all of us to make informed decisions with the most up to date information possible. With that in mind, we will continue to share information as it is available.
Of our 250 top exhibitors plus many others, we have continued to receive amazing support and assurances of their participation. And although LG has informed us that they do not intend to take up their stand at this year’s ISE, we look forward to the many other major exhibitors taking shape with their newest technologies, offerings and announcements.
As to be expected with global travel restrictions in place, we have seen some cancellations from our Chinese exhibitors. As of today, this amounts to less than 20% of those booths, and a few additional updates can be expected.
The number of attendees that will come to the show is always the subject of much discussion and speculation. Today, visitor registration is ahead of the same point in time in 2019. While it isn’t fair to suggest that they will all translate into actual attendees, registration numbers have always been an accurate forecast for us as we’ve planned the show’s logistics.
Please continue to refer to the ISE website for regular updates regarding ISE’s, the RAI’s and the world’s health community’s recommendations regarding specifics about the virus and health recommendations.