More than two dozen large trade fairs and industry conferences in Asia have been postponed because of the spread of the China Coronavirus, shutting events where billions of dollars worth of deals have been signed in the past.
The pushed back events, including some scheduled as late as the end of March, show the ripple effect the virus is having on businesses globally.
The venue of China’s oldest and biggest trade fair, the Canton Fair, has suspended exhibitions until further notice. It was due to hold its spring exhibition at the complex from April 15. Last year, $29.7 billion worth of deals were signed at the event.
Organizers of the East China Import and Export Commodity Fair; due to be held in Shanghai over March 1 to 4 said they would postpone the event, without giving later dates. The fair that usually attracts traders of garments and household goods, announced $2.3 billion in deals last year.