I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it’s not *Europe Endless* for Munich – blame ‘Covid-19’. This is the biggest HiFi show in Europe and much bigger than the just finished Bristol 2020 show, of which some videos I’ve produced here and here. Regrettably High End Munich 2020 Show has been Cancelled.
The show, planned between 14th and 17th May 2020, was one I was really looking forward to attending and in a stunning city and location ; *parks, hotels, & palaces*….*promenades & avenues*. As the below press release says ; “500 trade visitors from 40 countries were attending”.
The decision has clearly been taken due to the uncertainty around how the virus may spread, as per press release too. Whilst the mortality figures in China is understandably one of national concern and at the same time, likelihood of mortality from the virus is incredibly low compared to other conditions, event organisers clearly don’t know what the picture will be like in May 2020.
Since a lot of advanced work and planning and cost is incurred, you can understand why such a decision was made and regrettably and sadly too. I must admit it’s easy to think in some *spheres of thought* that *some* media scaremonger with regard to coronavirus, however regardless of your view that is quite aside from the commercial planning realities that exist.
One would hope that this does not affect the exhibitors attending as much as this stark news. Also that there is an ameliorating affect with excess participation to other shows. I hope so!
I’m looking forward to attending in 2021.
Official statement on Facebook ;
“The HIGH END 2020 trade show, planned for May 14 to 17, has been cancelled due to the current worsening trend with respect to the spread of the novel coronavirus. This decision was reached by the HIGH END SOCIETY Service GmbH upon consideration of all criteria in close cooperation with the Board of the HIGH END SOCIETY e.V.
“Given that in addition to the countries affected in Asia, infections in Italy have rapidly increased within a few days, it is unclear how the virus will continue to spread in Europe. As organisers of an international trade show, we consider it our responsibility, on the one hand, to safeguard the health of all stakeholders, and on the other hand, to work towards averting possible economic losses of the exhibitors.
“Since the rapid spread of the virus in China in mid-January, we have been weighing the possible consequences for the exhibition planned in May. The situation was re-assessed each day by monitoring not only the global spread of the coronavirus but also the international trade show and exhibition scene. In addition to the special situation for Chinese exhibitors, over the past few weeks, we have increasingly received inquiries from other companies as to whether the strained situation would have an impact on the HIGH END 2020.
“A total of 500 trade visitors from 40 countries had registered for the HIGH END 2020 trade show. You will be informed on the latest news concerning the cancellation. Trade visitors and end users who have already purchased a ticket for the HIGH END 2020 will naturally receive a refund.”
High End Munich 2020 Show Cancelled due to Coronavirus – my thoughts