Reed Exhibitions, organizers of in-cosmetics Asia, have taken the decision to postpone the event, as the continued threat of floods looms over Bangkok, Thailand.
The event, which is one of the biggest in the calendar for the Asian cosmetic and personal care industry, was due to take place next week, at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre, between the 2nd and 4th of November.
“Central Bangkok and the exhibition venue remain unaffected, but it has now become clear that disruption to movement around the capital and the outlying areas make it impossible to guarantee the delivery of a successful event next week,” Reed Exhibitions said in an official statement.
Re-scheduling the event for December or early 2012
The company said that its central London office has been monitoring the situation by maintaining a dialogue with staff at its Bangkok- based office, and it had made its decision on account of the solid facts.
It is now planned that the event will be rescheduled for December 2011 or else early 2012, which will be dependent on scheduling around other industry events, both for the cosmetic and other industries.
This year’s in-cosmetics Asia was set to be a collaboration with the IFSCC, a first for the event, while a partnership with the Society of Cosmetics Chemists Thailand (SCCT) has also been formed.
The continued threat of floods could damage the Thai economy
The floods, which have been caused by the shear volume of rain during a particularly heavy wet season, have been gradually encroaching into different districts of the city during the cause of the last week.
Today it was announced that the flood water has now crept into six more districts located in the North of the city, which means it is getting closer to the city center and the area where the exhibition facilities are located.
The flooding has paralysed the country and had a major impact on the country’s productivity and economy as the affected area is a major industrial hub. Analysts have warned that if the floods hit Bangkok city centre, it could impact the national economy by 2 percent this year,