Originally due to take place from 19-22 February at the Javits Center, The Toy Association has today (12 January) confirmed that Toy Fair New York 2022 has been cancelled.
A statement from president and ceo, Steve Pasierb said that the organisation had needed to “make the best decision in everyone’s interest”.
“Key to our efforts these past two weeks has been the balance of some 700 remaining committed toy manufacturers saying they need and want Toy Fair 2022 to build their businesses, weighing that against those departing and seriously on the fence, and needing to provide a sufficient quantity and quality across the retail buying community necessary to deliver a positive experience,” Steve commented.
“As that balance has shifted, we are obligated to make the best decision in everyone’s interest no matter how heartbreaking for so many and potentially damaging some business’ future prospects. The wide range of other events that occur across New York City during Toy Fair week are now also impacted.”
Steve continued: “Certainly, there are legitimate concerns around the pandemic that has guided thinking. Many are saying they are very comfortable with being at the Javits Center and at the show given strict health and safety protocols in place, while travel concerns and for some, staff absences due to illness at home, rightfully weigh on their minds.”
The Toy Association also highlighted “constant, unfounded rumours” on social media and elsewhere which it says defied its best efforts to sustain the show amid global uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.
Steve concluded: “Delivering a best in class next Toy Fair for all the varied audiences it serves so well is now our focus. We will be working with all exhibitors on next steps to unwind February 2022 and build a solid base for visitors from across the world to again experience Toy Fair.”