FHA-Food & Beverage will continue as scheduled.
SINGAPORE- Informa Markets, organiser of mega trade show, Food&HotelAsia (FHA), has decided to postpone one of two events to July 2020 citing the "evolving novel coronavirus situation".
The organiser had planned to expand their show into two dedicated events: FHA-HoReCa and FHA-F&B. The expansion was expected to bring in over 45,000 international delegates.
The FHA-HoReCa which showcases the world's leading suppliers in the hotel, restaurant and café industry in Asia, will now be postponed to July 13-16 at Singapore Expo, from its initially scheduled date of Mar 3-6. The organiser made the decision to postpone "following extensive consultations with exhibitors and industry partners", it said in a statement.
It also "considered the knock-on effects on the wider HoReCa industry as a direct consequence of the significant impact to international travel during this period".
Informa Markets' event director for FHA-HoReCa and FHA-Food & Beverage, Mr Martyn Cox said that postponing FHA-HoReCa "was a difficult but necessary decision", taking into consideration the effects on the wide hotel, restaurant and café industry. Meanwhile, FHA-Food & Beverage will continue as scheduled from Mar 31 to Apr 3 at Singapore Expo.
"We are also witnessing a continued flow of visitor pre‐registrations pouring in," Mr Cox told M&C Asia.
The show will go ahead as the range of industry segments it serves, including retail, wholesale, e‐commerce and F&B service, "are not so much affected by the current situation".
"We are now focused on working closely with our exhibitors, event partners and registered visitors to ensure we offer them the necessary support," Mr Cox added.
It will also continue to work with local authorities and take all measures in accordance with the latest advisories from the Singapore Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Manpower and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), he added.
These include providing masks at the venue, hand sanitiser, clear signage and advisories reminding people of personal hygiene on‐site, which will be communicated before and during the events.
STB's director of exhibitions and conferences, Mr Andrew Phua, sought to assure visitors to Singapore that "our MICE industry continues to operate and remain open for business."
"We still continue to stay vigilant, strengthen our defences and prepare for all scenarios. The health and safety of locals, visitors and industry partners remain a priority and we are monitoring the situation closely," Mr Phua added.
Venue provider, Singapore Expo, will be taking precautionary measures according to the Singapore Ministry of Health's advisories, which will be activated onsite and around the venue to ensure that health and safety risks are mitigated, said Mr Alvin Lim, executive director for brand and customer experience.