Toy Fair New York 2022 canceled over COVID concerns


The annual Toy Fair New York commerce present slated for subsequent month has been canceled amid rising concerns from distributors and patrons over the current COVID-19 surge.

The 117-year-old convention, the biggest toy commerce present within the Western Hemisphere, was canceled late Tuesday after being set to happen on the Jacob Ok Javits Center Feb. 19 to Feb. 22.

Some of the largest attendees, together with Hasbro, MGA Entertainment, Walmart and Target, had bowed out in current days, as The Post first reported.

It is simply the second time the century-old present has ever been canceled. It was additionally canceled final 12 months due to the pandemic.

The affiliation blamed “constant, unfounded rumors” on social media and elsewhere for the demise of the 2022 convention.

“Key to our efforts these past two weeks has been the balance of some 700 remaining committed toy manufacturers saying they need and want Toy Fair 2022 to build their businesses, weighing that against those departing and seriously on the fence,” stated Steve Pasierb, chief govt of The Toy Association, in an announcement.

Barbie dolls on display at Toy Fair New York.
Barbie proprietor, Mattel, reportedly deliberate to attend the commerce present, however rival Hasbro had pulled out.
A Toy Fair exhibitor setting up his booth.
Toy Fair usually attracts greater than 1,000 exhibitors, however no less than 300 had dropped out for this 12 months’s present.

In a separate e-mail to the affiliation’s members on Tuesday night time, Kimberly Carcone, a TIA senior vice chairman stated, “This afternoon we benefitted from a dialog with and considerate counsel from the board govt committee and ultimately the choice was unanimous, dreadful, and clear.“ 

The huge commerce present usually occupies each nook of the sprawling Javits Center and attracts greater than 1,000 exhibitors from all over the world.

Many massive corporations, together with Walmart, have suspended most enterprise journey. A Walmart spokesperson stated in an announcement, “We are restricting all non-critical business travel for conferences or supplier meetings unless approved by an Executive Committee member. We will continue store, club and supply chain facility visits.”

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