"The health and safety of our Members is of the utmost importance to the WTCA. We have continued to monitor the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and, based on recent developments, the WTCA Executive Committee and WTC Taipei have concluded that the best course of action is to postpone the upcoming WTCA General Assembly in Taipei.
The proposed new date for WTCA’s 51st Annual General Assembly is September 20-23, 2020 in Taipei. WTC Taipei and WTCA HQs are diligently working to replicate the same excellent GA programming for the proposed September event, including the same venues for accommodations (the Grand Hyatt Taipei) and meetings (the Taipei International Convention Center).
We hope you understand the need to postpone the General Assembly and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. For those of you who have already made arrangements to attend the GA, please be advised of the following:
GA Registration – Your registration for the originally planned GA on March 1-4 will automatically be applied to the rescheduled GA on Sept. 20-23 (at no extra cost) unless you notify us otherwise. If you qualified for a complimentary registration for the GA due to early payment of your 2020 WTCA dues, that credit will be applied toward your registration for the rescheduled GA. If you want to cancel your GA registration and have your registration fee refunded, please email your cancellation request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotel Reservations – If you made room reservations for the March 1-4 GA using WTCA’s booking link for the Grand Hyatt Taipei, those reservations will be cancelled automatically and any monies paid by you will be refunded. If you made your room reservations separately or at a different hotel, you will need to contact the hotel directly and cancel your reservation.
Airline Bookings – Those Members who booked discounted fares on China Airlines (the sponsoring airline for the March 1-4 GA) please see https://www.china-airlines.com/tw/en/discover/news/travel-advisory?travelAlert=36468-7030 for ticket handling guidelines related to the virus outbreak. The rebooking or cancellation will vary case-by-case, depending on your booking class/ticket type, so Members should contact China Airlines directly at https://www.china-airlines.com/tw/en/contact-us/customer-service-hotline regarding their existing bookings. If you booked your flight on a different airline, you will need to contact your airline directly about cancelling your ticket or rebooking for the rescheduled GA on Sept. 20-23.
Anniversary Events – Please note that our 50th Anniversary celebration will continue. Stay tuned for deadline extensions and details on the Global Mural Competition, WTCA Champions Awards, Digital Short series, and our WTCA Commemorative Video. Also the deadline for the WTCA Foundations' "Peace Through Trade Competition" has been extended, with the winning team to be honored at the GA in September.
As a final and important note, we want to once again convey our thoughts and prayers to our WTCA Members and their families in China, as well as to others around the world who have been affected by this tragic outbreak. We have been in contact with our Members in China and have relayed their requests for medical supplies to other Members, who are in the process of providing assistance."