In a move that arises ominously before CES 2022 Jan. 3-8, the in-person international broadcasting trade event IBC2021 planned for Amsterdam next month, was suddenly canceled Tuesday, due to the re-escalation of the COVID-19 crisis there.

In an announcement, the IBC said it was canceling the in-person portion of IBC2021 event that had been scheduled to take place at The RAI on Dec. 3-6th. The decision followed growing concerns and feedback from IBC exhibitors and expected attendees about the disturbing health situation, which continued to deteriorate over the past week.

Instead, the IBC said it has begun to focus on offering a virtual online alternative.

The IBC Partnership Board said the move was taken to protect exhibitors and visitors who had been planning to travel to The Netherlands amidst the growing infection rate there.

The IBC2021 event, which was expected to focus on the expanding 5G wireless technology, was previously pushed back from its traditional September slot to December, following global travel restrictions re-emerging from the pandemic.

According to there were 2,511,953 coronavirus cases in Amsterdam as of of Nov. 24, 2021, resulting in 19,098 deaths and 1,993,056 recoveries. There were 22,956 new reported cases as of Nov. 23rd.

According to data reported in Daily Variety, more than 84% of the country’s population above the age of 18 are fully vaccinated. The decision to cancel was also made despite growing discontent with COVID-19 restrictions across the country.

The World Health Organization Europe reported that as of Nov. 22nd only 54% of the one billion people living in Europe are fully vaccinated, according to Robb Butler, WHO executive director.

The WHO has warned of a possible 700,000 more deaths in Europe and Central Asia by spring.

At present, the daily death count related to COVID-19 is relatively low in the United States. Most of the escalating new death count for North America in recent days is coming from Mexico.

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For CES 2021, the CTA has announced a variety of measures being taken to limit exposure to the virus among the thousands of travelers coming in from all parts of the world.

These include the following:

Safety, security and health are a priority at CES. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to attend CES in Las Vegas. CES will use CLEAR to administer proof of vaccination for U.S. based attendees. CLEAR’s free mobile app and Health Pass feature provides a simple and secure way for this information to be shared.

  • U.S. based attendees can use CLEAR to share proof of vaccination. Additional guidance on how to utilize the CLEAR Health Pass to gain admittance to CES will be provided in the coming weeks.
  • For non-U.S. based attendees, we will use a similar third-party platform, and will share further instruction to submit proof of vaccination in October. Proof of vaccination will be accepted for any vaccine approved or approved for emergency use by the FDA or World Health Organization (WHO).

To learn about the latest CES health protocols and information visit

Note that the City of Las Vegas has mandated the wearing of masks at all indoor venues.

In addition, CTA said it will be offering virtual CES 2021 presentations, keynotes and press conferences both live and on-demand after CES for those who can not attend in person. However, the Association has scaled back virtual CES booths and other conveniences that were made available for the all-virtual CES 2020.

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By Greg Tarr

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