Nice, France Worldcon Bid Announces Postponement

In an announcement posted on their website on July 25, 2020, the Worldcon bid for Nice, France announced that they are postponing their bid to host the World Science Fiction Convention. They initially were bidding to host the 2023 Worldcon. No new target date has yet been announced. Their announcement follows:

After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our bid for hosting the 2023 World Science Fiction Convention in Nice, France.

The impacts of COVID-19 are extensive and have far reaching consequences, as various industries and sectors are affected by the aftermath of the pandemic. Our daily lives, employments and businesses are severely disrupted, and we find ourselves unable to keep the 2023 target.

This has been and still is a challenging time for everyone, and we want to thank you all for your support, open discussions, understanding and encouragement.

We’re genuinely upset and disappointed, but we fully intend to host the WSFC later in time. We will be working to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming months.

2020 Worldcon Announces Virtual Convention Plans, Revised Rates

As previously announced, CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon in Wellington, New Zealand, will be held online only due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In a statement posted on April 15, 2020 on their web site, CoNZealand has announced a collaboration with The Fantasy Network to host the virtual convention. CoNZeland has also reduced their attending membership rate to NZ$300 for an attending membership, with other rates also changed. An attending membership is required to participate in the online convention. Information about requesting refunds is also available on the CoNZealand web site.

Please contact CoNZealand through their web site with questions about their convention arrangements. Every Worldcon is independently organize. The Worldcon, WSFS, and Hugo Awards web sites do not operate any Worldcon.