The 2020 InfoComm show, which was scheduled for June 13 to 19 in Las Vegas NV, has been canceled because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Show management is currently considering alternative options to bring the planned educational experiences and opportunities to professionals in different ways.
“A show like InfoComm begins months before the first crate arrives with attendees arranging calendars, booking flights and setting meetings,” management said in a statement. “It begins with exhibitors launching marketing campaigns, committing to venues for events, designing their booths and coordinating dozens, if not hundreds, of staff calendars. It also begins with our speakers and instructors spending countless hours honing their content and rehearsing. However, we were forced to make the painful choice to take away this gathering opportunity and return time, money and effort to our community, to be spent on sustaining each other through this trial, and to position all of the industry for recovery and resurgence.”
Show management also confirmed that InfoComm 2021 will, of course, take place in Orlando FL as planned.
“This was not a decision we made lightly but with careful consideration and as advised by public health authorities,” AVIXA CEO, Dave Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD, added. “Thankfully, we did not have to make it alone and are grateful to our InfoComm community, exhibitor advisory committee, education committees and so many others who supported our desire to not jeopardize the livelihoods and long-term gains of the industry. InfoComm is not just an AVIXA trade show; it is the industry’s show, and it is important that we move forward to the benefit of the entire community.”
Labuskes continued, “InfoComm is the largest professional audiovisual trade show in North America and has always provided a one-of-a-kind experience for both its exhibitors and attendees. We knew that in today’s environment we could not fully deliver on those experiences and consequently could not move forward. More importantly, keeping the community safe and healthy is our highest priority; therefore, we are following the guidelines of public health authorities during the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19.”