Many “information” companies in the cannabis sector garner a great deal of their revenue from round after round of conferences and events. The first of many postponements / cancellations are just now coming into play in the US cannabis conference market. It’s going to be a torrid few months for the conference providers which also include the various “industry bodies”. Who’ll be still around in June when Coronavirus has washed through ? It’s anybody’s guess
Organizers of the NoCo Hemp Expo — definitely Colorado’s, and possibly the country’s, largest annual hemp-industry conference — have just announced that it will be postponed because of worries over COVID-19.
The expo, originally slated for March 26 through 28 at Denver’s National Western Complex and Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, will now be held August 6 through 8 at the same locations, according to NoCo Hemp expo producer Morris Beegle.
With big gatherings around the country changing schedules — South by Southwest in Austin canceled and the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim was postponed until further notice — large conferences, trade shows, festivals and other public events are starting to lose support as coronavirus fears spread faster than the illness itself, Beegle notes. As NoCo exhibitors, sponsors, attendees and speakers told him that they didn’t want to fly into Denver and were skipping the conference, Beegle and his team decided on a redo instead of canceling altogether.