Ray Chiang, CEO of The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), has announced that this year’s Anime Expo convention has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. The event was planned for July 2-5, 2020.
Chiang said: “With the COVID-19 situation continually changing, as well as more restrictions in place worldwide and in our host city Los Angeles, we can’t in good faith move forward with this year’s event. We know it will affect all of you differently and we did not come to this decision lightly.”
Chiang added that badge holders will have the option to either get refunds or roll over their badge to the 2021 event, which is scheduled for July 2-5, 2021. He asked for patience as the process for refunds and rollover will take time. In addition, hotel rooms booked through ConferenceDirect in the AX official hotel block will automatically be cancelled. Those who booked hotels outside of that service will need to contact their hotel directly.