Denim trade show Kingpins has cancelled its upcoming Hong Kong show on the back of health concerns and travel restrictions surrounding the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Kingpins Hong Kong had been set for 13-14 May 2020 and will now take place in May 2021 instead. 

“We are very concerned about the situation in China and understand that many of our exhibitors and attendees are dealing with extreme difficulties and uncertainty due to efforts to contain the spread of the virus,” says Andrew Olah, founder of Kingpins Show. “In light of these issues and the expectation that the disruption will continue for some time, we felt it best to cancel our Hong Kong event. The health and safety of our exhibitors and attendees is our primary concern. We will be back in 2021.”

The Kingpins China City Tour is scheduled to take place on 2-4 September. Kingpins organisers say they will continue to monitor the situation in China.

Managing director of Kingpins, Vivian Wang, adds: “The Asian denim market remains central to the global denim industry and we look forward to bringing this international community together in September.”

The 2020 edition of Kingpins Hong Kong is the latest in a string of textile trade fairs to be postponed over concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus outbreak, and its impact on the safety and travel plans of global buyers, visitors, and exhibitors.

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Last week, US fair the NW Materials Show was pushed back with organiser American Events saying: “We are committed to the safety of our clients and partners. We apologise for any inconvenience and will share updates once we are able to reschedule these events.”

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