The novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic is spreading all over the world, and the global conference industry has been negatively affected. According to the statistics of the international conference research and Training Center (CIMERT) of the International Conference and conference Association (ICCA) on global conference projects, as of March 20, there were 393 conferences worldwide postponed, relocated or canceled. 248 were postponed, accounting for 63% of the total number of affected international conferences; 128 were canceled, accounting for 33% of the total number of affected international conferences and 17 meetings were relocated, accounting for 4.2% of the total number of international conferences affected.
the perspective of regional distribution, Europe is seriously affected, with 168 international conferences affected, accounting for 43% of the total. Asia Pacific region is closely followed, with 161 international conferences affected, accounting for 41% of the total. North America, Africa, and Latin America rank third to fifth, with the number of international conferences affected accounting for 7%, 5%, and 4% respectively.
From the specific statistics, the regions with the most international conference postponements are in the Asia Pacific region, with 111 international conferences postponed, accounting for about 45% of the total number of postponed conferences. The regions with the most international conferences canceled are in Europe, with 61 canceled, accounting for about 48% of the total number of canceled international conferences. The regions with the most international conferences relocated are in the Asia Pacific region, with 8 in total, accounting for about the host countries relocated 47% of the total number of international conferences. Therefore, in general, Asia Pacific international conferences and European regional international conferences are seriously affected, which need more attention from the industry.
Source: The research team of Chengdu University and the ICCA team of ICCA international conference research and training center.