The trade show Victam 2020, which also incorporates Animal Health And Nutrition Asia, has been postponed for a 2nd time. The show in Bangkok, Thailand, will now be held in January 2022. Also, organisers of international agricultural show SPACE in France have taken the 2020 edition off the calendar.
The last time the global livestock industry met in Bangkok was at VIV Asia in 2019. Photo: Vincent ter Beek
The SPACE show would be held in Rennes, France, from 15 to 18 September. In a press release, the organisers explained the reasons to cancel the event and not wait with deciding until mid-June, as was announced in an earlier stage. The organisers said, “Given the uncertain situation and the state of health emergency that has now been extended for several more months, we believed it was important to take this decision earlier than initially intended. “The infection control measures will most likely still be required in September, and it would be nearly impossible to strictly comply with these measures at SPACE, due to the large numbers of people at the Expo. It would be extremely difficult to achieve physical distancing at the stands, in queues, conference areas, restaurants and receptions.”
Covid-19 is still disrupting the business around the world and we come to a conclusion that being present at the exhibition is not at the moment, our clients’ priority.” – Victam/VIV
The combined show was a first for the management teams of Victam and VIV Worldwide to cooperate on a joint event. The event was originally scheduled to take place in March 2020, but that was postponed to July 2020 due to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak. Now the last date also proved impossible. Initially the show organisers hoped that a postponement to July would allow the show to be the first one held once the Covid-19 crisis would be over. In a statement, the organisers wrote: “We have been monitoring the situation of Covid-19 on a daily basis hoping the situation would be stabilised. However, since our last postponement, Covid-19 is still disrupting the business around the world and we come to a conclusion that being present at the exhibition is not at the moment, our clients’ priority.” The organisers opted for a postponement of 1.5 years instead of 6 months, so the new event will not virtually coincide with VIV Asia, which is scheduled to be held in Bangkok in March 2021.
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