Coronavirus Update

London, January 31 2020

Novel coronavirus: information for our customers

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan city and Hubei Province in mainland China, we are monitoring developments closely.

IBTM Asia Pacific will run as scheduled.

In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan city and Hubei Province in mainland China, we are monitoring developments closely.

To ensure that our customers and our people have the latest information, we are following the latest guidance from local and national authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) as it relates to travel to and participation in our events.

We continue to work closely with authorities, our venues, our team in Singapore as well as our partners in the region to monitor the situation and at this stage, we don’t anticipate any issues with the event.

We are in close contact with the Singapore Tourism Board and will continue to be updated on the latest developments on the situation. Singapore has strengthened its defences and raised its level of vigilance. Temperature screening has been implemented at its airport checkpoints, and suspected cases will be referred to hospitals for further assessment and isolated as a precautionary measure.

At this juncture, the tourism and MICE sectors are operating business as usual in Singapore, with minimal disruption. Visitors are advised to remain vigilant, adopt good personal hygiene practices and monitor their health closely. The health and safety of visitors and those who work in the tourism industry continue to be of top priority.

We will keep you updated as appropriate and in the meantime recommend monitoring local and international public health departments agencies for the latest advice on travelling in the region. The latest advisories from Ministry of Health Singapore can be found on the following link: https://www.moh.gov.sg/2019-ncov-wuhan.

In addition, please check back here for updates.

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact  +44 (0)20 8271 2149

Information about the virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus which, as a group, are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia, causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Wuhan coronavirus has been termed “novel” because it is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

Protect yourselves

The World Health Organisation’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals; and
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, in accordance with good food safety practices.

Advice for travellers from Wuhan

If you have returned from Wuhan or Hubei Province in the last 14 days:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses;
  • call your local healthcare provider to advise of your recent travel to the affected area.

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

What this means in practice

You should take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible (as you would with other flu viruses).

This means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province and not going to work, school or public areas.

For more information please refer to www.who.org as well as updates from your local or national authorities.