Social giant Facebook has canceled a meeting scheduled for next month in San Francisco due to a pneumonia outbreak caused by the new coronavirus,media reported. “The public health risks associated with the new corona virus are evolving and we have made the decision to cancel the Global Marketing Summit out of caution,” anthony Harrison, a company spokesman, said in an email.
Laurie Armstrong Gossy, a spokeswoman for San Francisco Tourism, said Facebook is committed to hosting the event in San Francisco in the coming years.
“We look forward to welcoming them in 2021, 2022 and beyond,” President and CEO Joe D’Alessandro added in a statement.
Gossy said the event, scheduled for March 9-12 at the Moscone Convention Center, is expected to bring about $11 million to the city, with an estimated 5,000 attendees staying at 10 hotels.
Unfortunately, Facebook canceled a meeting scheduled for next month at the last minute, and as to whether the company still needed to pay for the Moscone Convention Center, the venue’s general manager, Bob Sauter, said it was unclear.
In this context, Sauter will try to negotiate with Facebook on the basis of this fact. After all, the company is a premium customer that is particularly important to San Francisco.