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Technology MWC 2020 offers refunds and discounts following cancellation due to coronavirus

04:50  26 march  2020
04:50  26 march  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Coronavirus leads to cancellation of massive MWC mobile trade show in Barcelona

  Coronavirus leads to cancellation of massive MWC mobile trade show in Barcelona MWC, the mobile technology trade show in Barcelona was canceled by its organizers on Wednesday due to global concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.MWC (formerly Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, the largest mobile trade event in the world, was canceled by its organizers on Wednesday.

The list of events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic seems to get longer by the day. But one of the first major events to be canceled was MWC A big concern for many exhibitors set to attend the show was the money they'd lose as a result of its cancellation . On Wednesday, the GSMA, which

MWC was an early major casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, and it had never been scrapped in its 33-year history. By removing it from the calendar But internally, executives don’t consider the cancellation of MWC 2020 and Wednesday’s offer of refunds to be an existential threat, according

The list of events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic seems to get longer by the day. But one of the first major events to be canceled was MWC , the annual Barcelona mobile show that was due to take place a month ago.

a group of people standing in front of a building: MWC 2021 planning is already in the works after this year's canceled show. Matthias Oesterle/Corbis via Getty Images © Provided by CNET MWC 2021 planning is already in the works after this year's canceled show. Matthias Oesterle/Corbis via Getty Images

A big concern for many exhibitors set to attend the show was the money they'd lose as a result of its cancellation. On Wednesday, the GSMA, which runs MWC, substantially relieved this burden by announcing it would offer all attendees a 100% refund on their tickets. The money will be returned by the original method of payment.

If Olympics 2020 are postponed, then people who bought tickets might not get refunds

  If Olympics 2020 are postponed, then people who bought tickets might not get refunds That would be a lot of money down the drain.Ticket refunds are considered unlikely, according to Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun, with terms and conditions giving organizers an avenue to keep sales revenue. There is a fine-print stipulation that a "public health emergency" does not leave the organizing committee liable for covering more than 5 million purchased tickets. This also applies to the 2020 Paralympics, which have reportedly sold 1.7 million tickets.

Updated on. 3:58. Mobile World Congress Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns. By. Nate Lanxon. Formula One confirmed it is postponing this year’s Chinese Grand Prix racing event due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Liberty Media Corp.-owned firm said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

Attendees at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb. After some of the biggest telecom companies withdrew from the wireless industry’s top annual event because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus , MWC Barcelona 2020 is all but dead.

Exhibitors spending big money (above £5,000, $5,933 or approximately AU$9,800) have a number of options for recouping their money. They can either choose to claim a 50% refund now (capped at £150,000, $178,000), or opt for credit to spend on exhibiting at future shows, which will amount to 150% of their original fee, spread over three years.

a group of people sitting at a train station: MWC 2021 planning is already in the works after this year's canceled show. © Matthias Oesterle/Corbis via Getty Images

MWC 2021 planning is already in the works after this year's canceled show.

Those exhibitors who spent less than £5,000 on their exhibition slot have a choice between claiming a 100% refund immediately, or opting for the same 150% credit plan as larger exhibitors.

As a further gesture of goodwill, prices for MWC 2021 will be the same as those for MWC 2019, said the GSMA. Major exhibitors already committed to returning to the show next year include NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone .

"The GSMA values the loyalty and support our members and partners in the mobile ecosystem worldwide," said GSMA CEO John Hoffman in a statement. "More than ever, our sincere thoughts remain with those affected around the world in these trying times."

MLB reverses ticket policy, clearing way for teams to offer refunds to fans .
LOS ANGELES - With more than 400 major league games already called off because of the coronavirus outbreak, the league Tuesday reversed a policy that had restricted fans from widespread refunds on tickets to those games. On a conference call, Major League Baseball informed team officials that they no longer needed to advise fans to hold onto those tickets. The decision clears the way for teams to announce refund policies for the games. The change comes one week after MLB and all 30 of its teams were named as defendants in a lawsuit over the failure to refund tickets.

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