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MIFF delayed to June

 18 February 2020     HGO Staff 

KUALA LUMPUR – The organisers have announced that the 2020 edition of the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) has been rescheduled from 06 to 09 March to 30 June to 03 July at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) here.

Informa Markets, the organiser of MIFF 2020, said the decision was made after careful consideration and close consultations with stakeholders. There are a lot of uncertainties arising from travel disruptions and other circumstances due to concerns of the COVID-19 situation. Some countries have recently issued travel advisories and companies are restricting travel of their executives.

“In light of the constantly evolving situation, we have taken the difficult decision to reschedule the event,” Datuk Dr Tan Chin Huat, MIFF founder and chairman said in a statement. “We appreciate the international buyers who had looked forward to attending the show in March and hope to have their continued support to attend on the new date.

“MIFF has built a global reputation over the past 25 years and serves buyers from 140 countries and regions,” he continued, adding, “With the new dates, we will continue our work to generate more business opportunities for the show. Also, we offer our sincere sympathies to those who have been affected by the virus in China and other countries.”

Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani bin Daud, chief executive officer of the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), noted the COVID-19 situation is under control and is being managed by that country’s Ministry of Health as well as other government agencies.

“We have been adhering to the precautions and safety measures as recommended by the World Health Organisation and are taking their guidance and recommendations seriously,” he said. “We understand the organiser of MIFF’s decision to reschedule the show due to the impact on international travels and other commercial considerations.”

MIFF is the biggest furniture trade show in Southeast Asia. In 2019, the show drew over 600 Malaysian and foreign exhibitors and more than 20,000 visitors including over 6,000 international buyers. Historically as many 120 Canadian retailers have attended the three-day event.

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