by Michael J. Shapiro | February 09, 2016
Reed Exhibitions, which produces World Travel Market Latin America, slated for March 29-31 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, hasn't made any scheduling changes based on Zika virus concerns. Rather, the show organizer provides a link to the statement from the World Health Organization about the virus, along with recommendations from the WHO, and notes that it is carefully monitoring developments. "Reed Exhibitions believes that this situation shall not affect the visits of business tourists to its events in Latin America," the organizer concluded.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, however, has relocated an upcoming meeting originally set for a Zika-affected country. The ICANN56 event, which had been scheduled for Panama this June, will be relocated to an as-yet-undetermined destination "due to the severity of the Zika virus outbreak in the Latin America region," according to a statement. The organization currently is searching for an alternate site where the virus is not a concern. ICANN did not respond to questions regarding meeting size; ICANN55, however, taking place March 5-10 in Marrakech, Morocco, currently has more than 600 people publicly registered to attend. A third 2016 event, ICANN57, is set for Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.