I usually start my trade show year in February with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Except not this year as the 100k visitor event was officially cancelled yesterday due to #COVID-19-virus pandemic.
I must admit that this has been the first year to consider risks in my work. Huawei alone has one of the eight exhibition halls and that means there are always thousands of Chinese and Asian attendees in the show. The more there were news about the virus spreading inside China, Italy and elsewhere in the world, the more concerned I got. As my goal is always to talk to as many visitors as possible, I was thinking about the chances of getting the virus myself.
Luckily I was able to change my flight tickets and cancel my accommodation. Let’s have a look what kind of a trade show spring we’ll have. At least the start has been a bumpy one.