The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)
has cancelled its annual Assembly of Presidents.
The event, the 63rd Assembly of Presidents, was
scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on 21 and 22 November 2019.
While the event is reasonably compact in terms
of numbers, it is extremely high profile, with airline Presidents
and CEOs, along with other very senior management and leading
international aviation media, from around the
In a statement issued on Wednesday, AAPA said that the decision had been
taken "after careful deliberation together with the host airline
Cathay Pacific Airways ... This was a difficult decision, given our commitment to organise
this important industry event, but reflects the unpredictability
of the situation in Hong Kong".
This is not the first event that has been
cancelled due to the ongoing and increasingly random and frequent
violence in Hong Kong. Many other major sport and business
meetings have also been cancelled recently, costing the SAR
millions in lost revenue and publicity, as well as severely
damaging its reputation as a leading MICE city in the region.
The statement went on to say that AAPA "deeply
regrets the inconvenience and disappointment caused by this change
AAPA will be reaching out to all registered participants
over the coming days and will provide assistance as necessary.
Last year the
AAPA Assembly of Presidents was held in Jeju, South Korea.
Next year it is scheduled to take place in Japan.
Assembly of Presidents.