In a press release this evening, CIPA1Camera & Imaging Products Association, organizers of the CP+ Expo announced that the 2020 CP+ Expo in Yokohama will be canceled because of concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China.
CP+ is one of the world’s largest photography equipment expositions, along with Germany’s Photokina and, perhaps, New York’s PhotoPlus. The annual expo was scheduled to be held at the PACIFICO Yokohama (in the south of Tokyo’s metropolitan region) between February 27th and March 1st, attracting more than 70,000 visitors from around the world.
Currently, twenty-eight cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Japan, a nation of 126 million people.
Full text of the press release can be found below:
February 14, 2020
Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) Cancellation of CP+ (Camera and Photo Imaging Show) 2020 Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA; President: Masaya Maeda) here announces the cancellation of CP+2020. Given there is no effective treatment or containment measures to deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have chosen to cancel CP+2020 because we put top priority on the health and safety of visitors and exhibitors. The event was originally scheduled to be held over 4 days at PACIFICO Yokohama from February 27.
CP+ is a trade show for consumers. The main feature of this show is that visitors can actually handle the newest camera and related equipment to get a feel for how they operate. The event attracts around 70,000 unspecified visitors and therefore we cannot completely eliminate the risk of infection. The CIPA believes it is important to avoid such risk at all cost. While it is truly regrettable, we have decided to cancel this year’s show. We ask for your cooperation and understanding concerning this matter.
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