Diversified Communications has cancelled its Seafood Expo, which was scheduled to take place 15-17 March.
The event was scheduled to take place in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre, but has been cancelled due to fears around the Covid-19 coronavirus. Diversifed Communications say it is "looking at other options" and may set a re-scheduled date for the show.
The Massachusetts Convention Centre Authority (MCCA) said the decision created a “significant financial loss” for itself, vendors, contractors, hotel and restaurant partners, and thousands of tradeshow and hospitality workers.
An MCCA statement said: “The MCCA will work with the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and our other industry partners to minimize the impact as much as possible, just as other large venues around the world have had to do recently.
“The MCCA has and will continue to take all available measures to ensure the health and safety of our guests, employees, vendors and contractors, and the events they work and attend at our venues, including daily communications with public health authorities and close monitoring of the situation as it changes.
“The MCCA continues to observe and implement the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) and Boston continues to be considered at low risk.”