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Computex suffers SARS delay

Posted: 06 May 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:computex taipei? sars? computer? trade show?

The Computex Taipei trade show, scheduled to take place from June 2 to 6 and which had been expected to draw more than 20,000 foreign visitors, has been postponed due to the SARS outbreak.

The Taiwan show's organizers - the China External Trade Development Council (CETRA) and the Taipei Computer Association - decided to move the event to the 2H of the year. The new date for the show has not been released yet, but is expected to be announced by the end of this month.

"This decision comes after a detailed review of all factors, including fears that increased travel restrictions would negatively influence buyer turnout," the organizers said in a statement.

Kay Chang, a spokeswoman for the Taipei Computer Association, said that exhibitors and buyers had been surveyed to see what they wanted to do. Both "have shown their support for our latest announcement," she said, because of fears related to the severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.

SARS has infected 5,460 people worldwide and killed more than 350 since emerging in China late last year, according to the World Health Organization.

The postponement comes despite the marketing efforts of Taipei's mayor, Ma Ying-jeou. Last month, Ma sent out 200,000 letters to overseas buyers in a bid to reassure them that Taipei is a safe and healthy city.

According to a CETRA spokesman, even though Taiwan is not on the WHO list of areas with negative travel advisories, the number of visitors to recent shows such as Giftionery and Taitronics had fallen dramatically because of SARS.

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