With the Seafood Expo North America in Boston just a few weeks away, the organizer of the trade show, Diversified Communications, is expecting to see an impact on participation from China due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus.
Mainland China typically represents 5 percent of the visitor and exhibitor attendee base and 9 percent of the exhibit space, the company said.
The Trump administration announced travel restrictions on any foreign nationals that have traveled to China in the past two weeks, effective Feb. 2.
In a previous statement, Diversified Communications said it was working with the appropriate authorities in the city of Boston to monitor events related to the coronavirus pandemic, both in the United States and internationally.
In a update posted Wednesday, Diversified Communications expressed confidence in the show's ability to "provide important continuity and valuable business connections." Roughly 80 percent of the visitor attendee base comes from the United States, Canada and Mexico, it said.
Last year, Diversified canceled its Seafood Expo Asia trade event, which was scheduled to take place in Hong Kong in early September, in response to ongoing social unrest in the country.
In 2016, attendance at the Seafood Expo Global show in Brussels slumped 17 percent, fallout from the city’s March terror attacks. The 2016 event, from which several large companies pulled out over security concerns, covered about 5 percent less space at the convention center – 35,862 square meters compared to 36,063 square meters the year before.