The Mobile World Congress (MWC), which was to be held in Barcelona and is scheduled to start on the 24th of this month, has been canceled. This is the first time that the organization cancels the event in 33 years of history.
The organization of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) decided to cancel the technology fair, which was scheduled to take place in Barcelona, between 24 and 27 February. The decision to cancel the event came after an emergency meeting between Spanish health officials and the organization of the fair.
"The global concern surrounding the outbreak of the new coronavirus, concerns associated with travel and other related circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to keep the event going," reads a statement sent to newsrooms. “The GSMA and its partners in the city (of Barcelona) will continue to work in unison and collaborate to prepare MWC Barcelona 2021.”
Several companies have already announced their withdrawal due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, which has already killed 1,113 people in China. In view of the cancellation of participation by companies such as Amazon, Nokia or Vodafone, the organization decided to cancel the main telecommunications fair in the world.
Those responsible for the event would only meet next Friday, but decided to anticipate the meeting due to successive cancellations by large companies that should be present at MWC.
In 33 years, this is the first time the organization has canceled the event. The Mobile World Congress is used by many companies to present news and innovations for the technological sector.
According to the Economic News, the congress welcomes more than 2,500 companies from all over the world, bringing together a total of one hundred thousand participants. In economic terms, the impact is estimated at around 492 million euros.
Companies that cancel their participation lose thousands of euros in tickets, in addition to abdicating the exhibition, but the losses do not stop there: the hotel sector in Barcelona also suffers, with several hotels and restaurants receiving cancellations of reservations.
The latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that the new coronavirus – Covid-19 – has already caused more than 1,110 deaths in China and more than 44,000 infected.