South By Southwest Announces Cancellation
South by Southwest (SXSW),a mixture of tech, film and music conferences held yearly in Austin, Texas, has been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler said he had declared a disaster in the city and issued an order canceling the conference. The announcement was made last Friday and SXSW made the announcement on their website saying:
“We are devastated to share this news with you,” organizers wrote on the SXSW website. ”‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.”
To date, Austin officials said there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 Austin, Texas. Confirmed cases around the world recently passed 100,000 as of Friday.
There were no details in the SXSW post about refunds SXSW was scheduled to take place between March 13 and 22 and joins a long list of conferences to be cancelled including Facebook, Intel, Twitter and TikTok
Last year the conference had 73,716 attendees in 2019, 20,000 of which were from outside the U.S. There are even more people who work the event and the local economy including hotels and restaurants will surely be hit.
A Change.org petition surfaced last week asking for the conference to be cancelled and it accumulated 40,000 signatures.
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