Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the world’s largest AV and systems integration show, has sought advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) following the coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak ahead of next week’s event.
LG, one of the show’s top 250 exhibitors, have already announced that they will not be attending the exhibition, which will run from the 11-14 February at the RAI Amsterdam. As of yesterday, 20% of the show’s Chinese attendees had also informed ISE that they would not be attending – largely due to China’s global travel restrictions.
ISE claims that visitor registration remains ahead of the same point in time in 2019, noting that while it is not 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”.
ISE representatives have issued the following statement:
“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.”
The Guardian reports that the global death toll now stands at 563, with fresh cases confirmed on a stricken cruise ship off Japan. The UK has also just confirmed its third case, while as of 29 January, the Netherlands had tested three individuals for the virus – all of which came back negative.
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, please continue to refer to the ISE website.