Coronavirus impact: The 50 largest events cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19 so far

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Event cancellations and postponements have skyrocketed as the novel coronavirus spreads across the world. February experienced a 500% increase in significant and major events being cancelled or postponed compared to the same month last year, and March has reached 590% already.

Update: We re-calculated the March cancellation and postponement rate for significant to major events as it was a week old. It is now 875%.

These changes are costing billions of dollars and are likely to continue for some time, especially as the virus spreads into new countries.

PredictHQ is keeping our customers informed about which events are cancelled, postponed, rescheduled or are continuing as planned. This enables them to update their strategies for the coming weeks and months, as well as ensure their 2021 forecasting does assume the coronavirus impact is their new normal. This article maps out how to understand, correlate and adapt to decremental demand drivers. We are also working proactively with news outlets such as Recode to share information.

Despite the cancellation of more than 850 events in February and March 2020, there are still over 35,000 significant and major events scheduled over the next three months, as well as millions of smaller events that frequently combine to form perfect storms of demand.

Get in touch with our team to get access to our millions of verified and ranked events to use in your demand forecasting. We update the API every minute so you’ll be among the first to know when events are cancelled, postponed and rescheduled.

Below is our list of the 50 largest events to be cancelled or postponed so far (as of March 9 Pacific time). They are organized by the number of attendees, not by economic impact.

Event NameCountryAttendanceOriginal date in 2020
Beijing International Automotive ExhibitionPOSTPONEDChina820,000April 21 – 30
i Light Singapore
POSTPONED
Singapore800,000March 6 – 29
Geneva International Motor Show
CANCELLED
Switzerland602,511March 5 – 15
BNP Paribas Open
CANCELLED
United States450,000March 9 – 22
SXSW
CANCELLED
United States417,400March 13 – 22
Salone del Mobile
POSTPONED
Italy386,000April 21 – 26
Appliance & Electronics World Expo
POSTPONED
China350,000March 11 – 14
China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou)
POSTPONED
China340,000March 18 – 21
China Food & Drinks Fair
POSTPONED
China300,000March 22 – 25
CIFF Phase I – Home Furniture
POSTPONED
China
297,759
March 18 – 21
Seoul Living Design Fair CANCELLEDSouth Korea
286,265March 11 – 15
CIAACE Beijing
POSTPONED
China
286,000
February 18 – 21
Leipziger Buchmesse
CANCELLED
Germany286,000March 12 – 15
Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna
POSTPONED
Italy
265,000
March 12 -16
International Signs & Led Exhibition(ISLE)
POSTPONED
China
250,000
February 24 – 27
Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris (The Paris Marathon)
POSTPONED
France
250,000
April 5
Light + Building
POSTPONED
Germany
220,000
March 8 – 13
Hannover Messe
POSTPONED
Germany
215,000
April 20 – 24
Fair of Lyon
POSTPONED
France
205,000
March 20 – 30
Arnold Sports Festival
CANCELLED
United States
200,000
March 5 – 8
Shanghai APPPEXPO
POSTPONED
China
200,000
March 4 – 7
Ultra Music Festival
POSTPONED
United States
165,000
March 20 – 22
ITB Berlin
CANCELLED
Germany
160,000
March 4 – 8
Livre Paris
CANCELLED
France
160,000
March 20 -23
AnimeJapan
CANCELLED
Japan152,331
March 21 – 24
Chinese F1 Grand Prix
POSTPONED
China
150,000
April 17 – 19
Hotelex Shanghai
POSTPONED
China147,000March 29 – April 1
Interop-Tokyo
CANCELLED
Japan
143,806
April 13 – 15
Fibo Global Fitness
Retailtech Japan

POSTPONED
Germany
143,000
April 2 – 5
Retailtech Japan
CANCELLED
Japan127,871March 3 – 6
The Blue Bay LPGA Tournament
CANCELLED
China
125,000
March 5 – 8
Download Festival Paris
CANCELLED
France120,000May 29 – 31
Fensterbau Frontale
POSTPONED
Germany110,000March 18 – 21
Mobile World Congress
CANCELLED
Spain
109,000
February 24 – 27
Cartoomics
POSTPONED
Italy
103,000
March 13 – 15
Asiamold
POSTPONED
China
98,776
February 26 – 28
Baselworld
POSTPONED
Switzerland
94,000
April 30 – March 5
China International Equipment & Manufacturing Industry Expo
POSTPONED
China
93,190
March 6 – 9
Expo West
POSTPONED
United States
85,000
March 3 – 7
Prolight + Sound Guangzhou
POSTPONED
China
81,154
February 4 – 27
Foodex Japan
CANCELLED
Japan
80,426
March 10 – 13
Hong Kong Marathon
CANCELLED
Hong Kong
74,000
February 9
Bangtan Boys (BTS) Seoul
CANCELLED
South Korea
70,000
April 19
Annecy Venetian Carnival
CANCELLED
France
70,000
March 6 – 8
International Journalism Festival
CANCELLED
Italy
65,000
April 1 – 5
Shanghai World Travel Fair
POSTPONED
China
58,000
April 23 – 24
Beauty Dusseldorf
POSTPONED
Germany
58,000
March 6 – 8
Dental South China
POSTPONED
China
55,000
March 2 – 5
International Home + Housewares Show
CANCELLED
United States
52,000
March 14 – 17
HIMSS Conference and Exhibition
CANCELLED
United States43,000
March 14 – 18
HSBC Women’s World Championship
CANCELLED
Singapore32,000 February 27 – March 1

This list is only 50 of the hundreds of significant and major events cancelled so far. With thousands of high-impact events globally each month still scheduled and occuring, it’s imperative businesses track cancellations and postponements and update their strategies as quickly as possible.

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