The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has postponed its 10th annual Publish Asia conference, which was to be held in Bangkok next month, due to the political unrest in Thailand.
With most speakers and exhibitors confirmed, everything was set for the launch of Publish Asia 2010, the major pan-Asian publishing conference, which was to be held from 11 to 13 May. The conference had obtained strong support from the Tourism Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Thai Airways International and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
But the sudden outburst of violence in Thailand last weekend resulted in many countries issuing advisories against travelling to Bangkok. Under the circumstances, WAN-IFRA has decided to postpone Publish Asia 2010 to a later date this year. The new dates are to be announced later.
“We had hoped that a negotiated settlement would be possible following two rounds of talks earlier. But the violence that shook Thailand last weekend made the postponement necessary. We expect the political situation to be resolved, and look forward to rescheduling the event soon,” said Pichai Chuensuksawadi, Editor-in-Chief of Post Publishing and Chairman of the WAN-IFRA Asian Committee.
Thomas Jacob, Managing Director of WAN-IFRA for Greater Asia, said: “We have been and will continue to monitor the situation in Bangkok with the help of our supporters and well wishers at Thai newspapers. If, as we sincerely hope, the present political crisis finds a quick and peaceful resolution, we will set new dates for our event to be held in Bangkok.”
WAN-IFRA’s Publish Asia 2010’s was set to celebrate its tenth anniversary with a fully revamped programme that includes three concurrent conferences – CEO Conference, Newsroom Summit Asia and Printing Summit Asia – complemented by an Expo for suppliers and several learning workshops, when the political unrest caused the postponement.