Coronavirus concerns prompt Mallorca conference cancellation

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CONCERNS about the coronavirus have prompted the cancellation of an Italian multinational’s annual conference in Calvia, according to Spanish press.

The organisers of the Luxottica Group annual convention have decided to call off the event scheduled to take place in late March in two Magaluf hotels, reports said.

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The company, which specialises in glasses and optical accessories, is based in the town of Agordo in the Veneto region, one of the areas of northern Italy with the highest number of coronavirus cases.

With more than 300 reported cases and 11 deaths by Wednesday, this week Italy became the European country worst affected by the outbreak and one of three coronavirus focal points outside China, along with Iran and South Korea.

Some 500 people from around the world had been expected to attend the Luxottica five-day event in Mallorca. The cancellation therefore stands to have a significant impact in terms of lost bookings for hotels, transport, trips and wining and dining.

Luxottica has reportedly indicated that it will stage the event in 2021 at the same hotels.

Meanwhile Balearic regional Tourism and Employment minister Iago Negueruela has expressed confidence the coronavirus will not have a major effect on this year’s main holiday season.

“From the tourism point of view, the Government does not believe that due to the coronavirus there is any risk for the summer season in the Balearics”, Negueruela commented on Tuesday.

The Balearics “are not in the same situation as the Canary Islands, which have their high season now, hence we will have to wait and see how events unfold”, he affirmed.

At the same time he insisted “one has to give a message of calm”, explaining that the Balearic Health Department is “in complete coordination with the central Government, and we will adopt the preventative measures which are agreed in Madrid.”


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