Bike Europe is this morning reporting that the Taipei Cycle Show will postpone its March event until July in response to concerns over the Coronavirus break out.
UPDATE: According to the website a press conference is now to be held on Tuesday outlining the plan for the show.
The organiser’s website for the show currently displays that an announcement of some sort will be made on February 11th, though the nature of this is not yet confirmed.
Speaking to CI.N this morning a spokesperson in London said: “Headquarters have been monitoring the situation really closely and evaluating the feedback they have been receiving over the last week. Thus far we have only received information that the show will run as scheduled.”
On Tuesday a statement was issued declaring that the event would go ahead on time, with the show declaring Taiwan to be acting in accordance with advice from the World Health Organisation. At the very same time it became clear that a petition was circulating in the Far East to propose full closure of the event, or postponement this year.
A survey sent out to exhibitors by the Taiwan External Trade Council earlier in the week is reportedly the basis for the alleged decision, with a speculative date of Wednesday 1st through Saturday 4th, July, currently touted as a replacement.
If the trade whisper is well founded, the organisers will have new conditions under which to operate, most notably this will throw the show out of sync with the OEM and after market order cycles of the bike industry, something which the show is most commonly visited for. The show dates would also clash with many Europeans beginning a period where holidays are normally taken.
At this stage this story is unconfirmed by the Taipei Cycle organisers. Please check back for more information shortly.