- World Tunnel Congress 2020 will be held from 11 to 17 September 2020 in Kuala Lumpur instead of May 2020 due to the Corona Virus
Kuala Lumpur (MY)/Geneva (CH), 26 February 2020. Due to the spreading Corona Virus in Asia-Pacific and the last days also in Europe, the organisers decided to shift the date of the World Tunnel Congress 2020 and associated events from 15-21 May 2020 to a new date, which will be the 11 to 17 September 2020.
“The health and safety of our colleagues are of the utmost importance to the ITA and IEM (the Malaysian Tunnelling Technical Group - ITA Member Nation in Malaysia)”, explained ITAAITES WTC 2020 Organising Chairman Ir. Dr Ooi Teik Aun this very difficult decision. The WTC 2020 Organizing Committee, in cooperation with ITA, Sponsors, Exhibitors, lecturers, reviewers, ITA Member Nations, ITA Working Groups and Committees have been working hard during the last 3 years to bring everybody a successful World Tunnel Congress. “But after considering various possibilities, the development of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Asia-Pacific and as well as in Europe and other parts of the world leads us to shift the date of the WTC and associated events from15-21 May 2020 to 11-17 September 2020.”
Indeed, it is not possible at the moment to predict the evolution of this virus and many people could have been forced not to be able to participate. On the other hand, for the time being, the World Health Organization recommends limiting mass gatherings.
“We know that, for some of you, this change of date may not be ideal; however, it seemed to us the best solution to be able to organize this major event for the entire tunnelling industry,” expressed Ir. Dr Ooi Teik Aun his sorrows for this decision.
The congress venue has been secured for this change to September 2020 and the WTC 2020 Organizing Committee is working with the hotels and all associated venues to make all the necessary changes accordingly. “We will communicate with all to make these changes as smooth as possible. If you need specific documents, notably to change your flights and hotel booking, we will do our best to provide you with the requested documents.”
For further information, please visit the official WTC homepage or contact the organisers