The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, have cancelled Vision Expo East, due to be held March 26–29 in New York City, and will consolidate with the Vision Expo West fair in Las Vegas, planned for September 23–26. The decision is based on active and close monitoring of ongoing developments related to the COVID-19 virus; recent reports from public health officials and in line with national and regional authorities and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, together with extensive consultation with Vision Expo’s partners at The Vision Council and in the global vision care and services community.
Vision Expo says its top priority is to provide a safe environment for everyone involved, while continuing to provide the best customer value to the community. Leading up to the Vision Expo West event, the Show organizers will continue to serve the industry, creating ways to connect, collaborate and keep the vision community’s world moving during this difficult period:
During March, Vision Expo will work to develop virtual meetings between contracted exhibitors and pre-registered attendees.
Vision Expo will work to create customized services for participants in order to maximize successful outcomes at Vision Expo West.
“This was a difficult decision for our organization, but ultimately The Vision Council’s Board of Directors believes the safety and well-being of our members, exhibitors, attendees and staff must come first,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “Furthermore, we want to be respectful to the exhibitors and attendees who would not be able to attend Vision Expo East due to travel restrictions.”
Yancy Weinrich, COO of Reed Exhibitions, said, “Vision Expo East is a pivotal event that brings together our diverse industry to celebrate advances in eyewear, eyecare, technology and fashion. Over the past year, our Vision Expo staff and the entire show community worked tirelessly to plan a completely reimagined show that we were looking forward to unveiling in March. This will now take place September 23-26th in Las Vegas and we’re excited for the show at that date.”
Vision Expo West is scheduled for 23rd through 26th September at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, USA.