WCA has elected to postpone the WCA First and WCA Worldwide 2020 conferences that were scheduled to be held in Macau in February/March.
Like many of you, we have been carefully watching and analysing the acceleration of infections and geographical spread of the Coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. Yesterday, the World Health Organisation declared the Coronavirus as a Global Health Emergency with the potential to expand, accelerate and infect new regions and countries.
The ongoing impact of the outbreak on Macau and the wider region is unpredictable and fluid and we have already seen significant restrictions on transport, visas and group gatherings as well as activities within the conference venue.
Many of you had already expressed extreme concern with proceeding with the conference, however, we wanted to ensure that we gave the situation every chance to stabilise or improve. Unfortunately, at the present time this has not happened and there is no current indication that this is imminent.
The health, security, safety and convenience of WCA members is always the decisive factor in all decisions we make and, after consultations with the venue, officials and local experts, we have taken this difficult but positive step.
We have been working hard on contingency arrangements for the conference and we will announce the revised plans regarding location and schedule as soon as possible. We are extremely confident that we will provide you with an even more exciting revised conference schedule that will bring you ever greater opportunities to build partnerships and business.
Meanwhile, we would like to thank all members for your ongoing support, patience and understanding, as well as your excellent input and suggestions.
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Once again, many thanks for your understanding and support.