Hot on the heels of Sony, Canon has also declared that they have withdrawn from both NAB 2021 and InfoComm 2021 trade shots happening next month. In a statement to DIYPhotography, Canon states that this is due to “the ongoing health and safety concerns presented by the COVID-19 Delta variant”.
NAB has been rescheduled from its usual date in April to October 9-13th at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, replacing the usual NAB New York shot at the Javits Center. PhotoPlus, due to take place at the Javits Center in October has also been cancelled.
Due to the ongoing health and safety concerns presented by the COVID-19 Delta variant, Canon has made a carefully considered decision to withdraw from this year’s NAB and InfoComm Shows. The communities that NAB and InfoComm represent are something that we will greatly miss this year, but the health and safety of our team members, customers, and potential show guests is our number one priority. Canon will continue our plans to communicate exciting new products and innovations in virtual and remote settings, and our teams all over the world will share our news and updates in the coming weeks. We are continuously monitoring the situation and we look forward to attending events in the future.
Obviously, Canon has not said when they will begin attending events again, but that they’re going to be monitoring the situation. The Photography Show is expected to begin here in the UK next week and while I haven’t heard anything official, Canon is rumoured to either not be attending or to have a massively reduced presence at the show this year compared to previous years.
No doubt more will cancel for multiple shows over the coming weeks, particularly as certain countries struggle to get the virus under control.