After Sony and Canon pulling out of NAB 2021, the show has now officially been canceled. The show was scheduled for 9-13 October 2021. But unfortunately, the everlasting coronavirus pandemic has prevented NAB from taking place at all.
In the announcement, NAB writes:
For more than a year we have worked tirelessly to bring our industry together safely in Las Vegas at NAB Show. Unfortunately, the pandemic and surge of the Delta variant has presented unexpected and insurmountable challenges for our global community.
As we have always kept the best interest and safety of the industry as our priority, it has become apparent in the face of these challenges that we can no longer effectively host NAB Show or our co-located events, the Radio Show and Sales and Management Television Exchange, in person.
NAB Show is the premiere destination for the media and entertainment industry and we will not move forward with a show that delivers anything less than the excellence our community has come to expect and deserves from us.
While we are disappointed that we will not be together again in person next month, we look forward to converging at the 2022 NAB Show, April 23-27, 2022, to reignite our passion for our business and focus on a bright future ahead.
Stay tuned for details regarding virtual options for accessing select 2021 NAB Show content through NAB Amplify.
I will remind you that NAB was also canceled last year, which was no surprise at all. However, this year we were hoping to start connecting and meeting at trade shows in person again. The initial plan was to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test if you want to enter the event. But it looks like the ongoing COVID-19 Delta variant will stop us from meeting in person for a while longer – at least at NAB and PhotoPlus 2021, which has been canceled, too.
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