Thursday, August 13, 2020

EPHJ Trade Show 2020 Cancelled

Yes sports fans, the other-other shoe has dropped and today the EPHJ announced that their event was cancelled owing to the continued ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

Oh, and just in case you thought that they were going to stick it to the companies who had stuck with them and showed faith?  I encourage you to read this excerpt from their announcement:

Following the Swiss Federal Council’s decision to extend the ban on events with more than 1,000 people to 1 October, we have had to cancel the 2020 EPHJ trade show, which was scheduled to run from 15 to 18 September.
In light of the response from many exhibitors, the EPHJ Trade Show 2020 organisers pulled out all the stops to make the trade fair happen, having already rescheduled from June to September. Unfortunately, the Federal Council decision does not distinguish between different kinds of event and makes no allowance for the proposed health and safety measures.
“We have to honour the decision of the Swiss Federal Council,,” announced Alexandre Catton, Director of the EPHJ Trade Show. “Our thoughts go out to all those companies in the high-precision sector who rely on having this platform and were looking forward to presenting their findings and innovations at the Trade Show. We wanted to make a proactive contribution to the much-needed economic recovery. Unfortunately the virus had other ideas. We look forward to seeing everyone on 8 to 11 June at the 2021 Trade Show.”
We had already contacted exhibitors to explain that anyone registered for the 2020 trade fair will have the option of claiming a refund of the 2020 registration fee or carrying their registration over to the 2021 show.
Now I am assuming that this means a full refund and not a BaselWorld style: "let me sell you this nickel for a dime!"
And as for the big swinging dicks anxious to share their "savoir faire" (and God knows what cooties) in Geneva in a little less than two weeks' time -
Well, hey, health and safety are for little candy-assed brands, and punk-assed wanna' be influencers!
Make your choices my fellow members of the 4th and 5th Estate, I'm sitting this one out ; )

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