Trade Show Updates: COVID-19 (Updated September 2020)

Due to the growing concerns over public health and safety in wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, travel restrictions and restrictions on group gatherings, many of 2020’s trade shows and conferences have made changes to existing show schedules and locations to adapt to evolving circumstances. At Xibit Solutions, we’re committed to giving you the most current information about trade show updates, postponements and cancellations. You can check the status of current trade shows and find resources for questions, cancellations, registration and attendance here.

Canceled Shows

International Council of Shopping Centers RECon 2020

The International Council of Shopping Centers RECon 2020 event has been cancelled in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will no longer take place in May of 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the organizers are now preparing for the 2021 show. You can read the postponement FAQs for more information.

International Manufacturing Technology Show 2020

The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2020 (IMTS 2020) was originally scheduled for Sept. 14-19, 2020, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. As of July 1st, it has been cancelled.

Read the IMTS 2020 official statement here.

National Restaurant Association Show 2020

The National Restaurant Association Show 2020, originally scheduled for May 16-19, 2020, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, has been canceled. Next year’s show will take place on May 22-25, 2021.

Read the National Restaurant Association’s official statement here.

Hospitality Design Expo + Conference 2020

In collaboration with the members of the community, the Hospitality Design Expo + Conference, which had been scheduled for May 5-7, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been canceled. The decision was made upon reviewing travel restrictions, containment areas, government and public health authorities, company-imposed travel restrictions on exhibitors and attendees, and cancellations made by conference partners. At this time, the next Hospitality Design Expo + Conference is scheduled for May 4-6, 2021.

Read the Hospitality Design Expo + Conference official statement here.

National Association of Convenience Stores

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has been cancelled due to mandates by the State of Nevada regarding the pandemic. NACS is launching a robust 5-week Crack the Code Experience this fall, which incorporates the most important elements of our in-person event.View more info on the NACS FAQ page.

International Woodworking Fair 2020

The International Woodworking Fair 2020 (IWF 2020) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia has been canceled. You can read the full announcement and their reasons for making the decision to cancel in their official statement.

National Hardware Show 2020

The National Hardware Show 2020 (NHS 2020) rescheduled to Sept. 1-3, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada has been cancelled. While they cannot convene in person in 2020, NHS 2020 will transform into an all-virtual event occurring in the fall to serve the hardware & home improvement community.

Read the NHS 2020 official statement here.

International Vision Expo West

Vision Expo West have decided to cancel their scheduled show for September 23-26 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. View full exhibition information here.

International Pow Wow

The U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow (IPW) show, which was set to take place on March 16, 2020, has been officially canceled. The U.S. Travel Association is working to preserve future dates for the show in 2020.

Read the U.S. Travel Association’s official statement here.

JCK Las Vegas 2020

After careful consideration, the JCK 2020 Show has been cancelled. The next show is scheduled to take place June 2021. It was originally scheduled to take place on May 31-June 5, 2020. Read the JCK Las Vegas 2020 official statement here.

G2E Gaming Expo

The Global Gaming Expo (G2E), originally scheduled for October 5-8 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas has been cancelled. You can read the official statement from the American Gaming Association (AGA) here.


SEMA 2020 automotive scheduled for November 3–6 in Las Vegas has now been cancelled. For all updates and information on future shows, click here.


The National Mining Association is now postponing the MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2020 until September 2021 in Las Vegas. Read the complete NMA statement here.

Rescheduled/Reworked Shows

International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference 2020

The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference 2020 (IBEX 2020) will transition to a Virtual ONLY event.

Read the IBEX 2020 official statement here.

IWCE: International Wireless Communications Expo

The International Wireless Communications Expo 2020 (IWCE 2020) is going virtual August 24-27th. You can keep up with important news and updates at the IWCE Updates Page.

National Association of Broadcasters Show 2020

The National Association of Broadcasters Show 2020 (NAB 2020) will no longer take place in April 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada and is rescheduled to April 11-14th 2021. To keep the show community connected, there will be new short- and long-term online offerings.

Read the NAB Show’s official statement here.

Offshore Technology Conference 2020

The 2020 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) on May 4-7, 2020, in Houston has been rescheduled to May 3-6 2021. For more information click here.

American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology will be hosting the 2020 exhibition events virtually November 13-15th. Updates on their website.

International Fastener Expo

The International Fastener Expo has rescheduled to September 21-23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. View their website for the official statement.

Summer Fancy Food Show

The Summer Fancy Food Show will now be holding a virtual marketplace September 21-24th. For more information click here

Supply Side West

Supply Side West has rescheduled their show to Oct 25-28, 2021 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. View the full statement from The SupplySide & Food ingredients North America team here.

HR Technology

HR Tech has moved their show virtually to October  27-30. Read more from the HR Tech Conference website here.

Licensing Expo

Licensing Expo has been rescheduled to May 25-27, 2021 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Read more updates here.

Cosmoprof NA

The Cosmoprof North America event has been postponed to June 27-29, 2021. It will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Learn more here.

Super Zoo

SuperZoo in Las Vegas has been rescheduled to August 17-21st 2021. The situation is being continually monitored, and most recent updates can be found here.

CES 2021

CES 2021 (Cosumer Electronics Show) has announced that CES 2021 will be an all-digital experience. According to their official statement, “With the growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it is not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person.”


The AAPEX 2020 November 3-5 in Las Vegas, Nevada will no longer be held in person and will instead be reworked to a virtual experience. To view full the statement, please click here.


IMEX America is monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and is rescheduling their show to November 9-11th 2021 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Learn more about the event here.

Shows Continuing as Planned

SHOT Show 2021

The NSSF is still planning on hosting the 2021 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 19-22nd 2021. The show will take place at both the Sands Expo Center and Caesars Forum. They are actively monitoring the pandemic and will share updates as they become available. You can read their official statement here.

Not sure if your next trade show will be canceled?

Xibit Solutions offers flexible terms and COVID assurances to help you start preparing for your next trade show, without taking unnecessary risks.

In addition to monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic with local, state and federal authorities and coordinating with show partners, we are working to shift our show production schedule to adjust to new show dates and provide assistance to our valued customers.

Fill out this form to get a free quote on your next trade show booth, or give us a call and let us explain how we can help you start planning for a trade show, even when it might get canceled or postponed.

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