VisitScotland Expo in Aberdeen cancelled due to coronavirus

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The huge international hospitality and tourism event, set to be hosted next month in Aberdeen, has been cancelled because of “significant cancellations” due to Coronavirus.

Over 2,000 people were set to attend the expo, coming from around 30 countries.

Chief Executive of VisitScotland, Malcolm Roughead said: “This decision was not taken lightly”.

"Expo was on course to be a great success at a brand new and exciting venue, so we are disappointed for all the buyers, exhibitors and staff.

"We have been monitoring the situation for some time but it is clear that we are already seeing significant cancellations from key countries, as well as concerned inquiries about the event and hesitancy from attendees to travel.

"With the number of cases of coronavirus increasing across the world, we did not want to contribute to its potential spread across Scotland and beyond.

"We will make an announcement regarding next year's Expo in the near future."

There are currently over 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Scotland, according to the Scottish Government.