World Tunnel Congress 2020 in Kuala Lumpur Cancelled – Virtual Substitute Conference Is Being Planned

The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) has informed the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) that World Tunnel Congress 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is cancelled.

Due to the Corona crisis, the Congress had already been postponed once from its original date in May to September 11-17, 2020. The Executive Council of ITA supports IEM’s decision to cancel a physical WTC 2020. As the ITA announced on 1 July 2020, it shares IEM’s view that this is in the best interests of the global tunnelling community.


Disagreement Between ITA and IEM Over Refunds

IEM has also informed ITA that they intend to hold a virtual conference instead of WTC 2020 and are not intending to provide a substantial refund of the monies received from sponsors, exhibitors, and registrants.

ITA on the other hand acknowledged the great efforts that have been expended by IEM but expects them to provide substantial refunds for all sponsors, exhibitors and registrants. With a successful resolution of the refund issue ITA supports the concept of a virtual conference in 2020.


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