The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) announced that its annual market held in Budapest, Hungary, has been postponed to June 2022 due to ongoing concerns about the rise of the Delta variant of the Covid-19. Moreover, the organizers ruled out the realization of a virtual edition this year.
“In the light of ongoing developments concerning the rise of the Delta Variant of Covid-19 and travel restrictions preventing travel into Hungary, as well as restrictions on large scale meetings for those there, we have come to the decision to postpone NATPE Budapest International until June 2022, when we can again meet in-person and properly serve the CEE and MENA region,” the organizers said in a statement.
“As the pandemic evolves and our focus shifts towards getting back together in-person, we have also decided to forgo a virtual edition of the event. We look forward to seeing everyone together and face-to-face at NATPE Streaming Plus in Los Angeles on September 14 and NATPE Miami in January 2022, where we expect participation from every corner of the world and every aspect of the content industry,” the statement added.
The event was originally due to take place on August 30 to September 2 as an in-person event with virtual elements. However, Hungary has closed its border to most foreign nationals due to the pandemic and air travel is restricted. From June 24, the country permitted unrestricted land entry from Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.