Will Canton Toy Fair be the next toy event to be postponed?

Published on: 17th February 2020

Organisers said to be “delaying the decision” but postponement appears increasingly likely.

With China still in the process of getting to grips with the coronavirus outbreak, exhibitions scheduled for the coming months are under increasing threat of postponement or cancellation, especially those in China or neighbouring territories such as Hong Kong.

Toy & Edu China, scheduled for the first week of March, has already been postponed, while the Hong Kong Trade Development Council has either cancelled or postponed all events through to April.

Now there are strong rumours that April’s Canton Fair, a popular sourcing event which traditionally attracts many people from the international toy community, will be the latest event to be affected. One source posting on the Toy World LinkedIn feed commented: “I don’t think it will go ahead. I spoke to representatives of the company yesterday and it’s not looking good, although they are delaying any decision for the time being.”

The venue of the trade fair (China Import and Export Complex, Guangzhou) has announced it has suspended exhibitions until further notice.

We will keep you posted as to further developments as and when a firm decision has been taken.


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