In a move sure to upset prospective exhibitors and attendees – World Tobacco (WT) sent out a late email on May 7 canceling its show scheduled for May 29-31. The email informs it was told by the venue on May 2nd it could not hold the show.
This is the second show canceled this year and the third if you include Sinotab scheduled to be in Macau early September.
The late cancellation will cause some exhibitors and visitors unrecoverable costs. Contracts for stand builds will have already been paid and equipment shipped as well as airline tickets bought.
In the last couple of months there were signs something was awry. WT canceled some participants when they learned no tobaco products could be shown – including advertising materials, signage and samples. Only recently was the license granted to actually hold the show.
Tobacco Journal International’s (TJI April – May) edition dedicated its front page to the exhibition and included many pages of exhibition information and orientation.
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