The organizers of Filmart in Hong Kong have moved the event from March to August over fears about the coronavirus outbreak.
There are more than 60,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of today, mostly in mainland China. Hong Kong has about 53 cases as of today. International travel into the territory has been severely impacted, with several airlines cutting down or canceling flights entirely this month.
“The safety of exhibitors and participants has always been a priority for the HKTDC,” the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) said in a statement. The event, set for March 25 to 28, has been moved to August 27 to 29.
Filmart is the latest event in Hong Kong to postpone over coronavirus fears. The Hong Kong Sevens, an annual event organized by the Hong Kong Rugby Union and World Rugby, has been moved from April to October. Meanwhile, the Mobile World Congress, which was expected to begin later this month in Barcelona, has canceled this year’s edition. “With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has canceled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.”