No decision on 2019 destination yet: IIFA

Sakal Times
Friday, 5 July 2019

“As a result of the positive achievements and results in previous destinations, countries bid for IIFA. We receive invitations to explore global cities for consideration every year." Andre Timmins, Director, Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFA movement, said in a statement. 

For the past few days, there has been a buzz that the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) would be organised in Nepal this year. But the organisers cleared the air and said that they haven’t taken a decision on the destination yet. 

For its 20th edition, IIFA organisers have considered several countries including Nepal. While there have been stories coming from Nepal about the Himalayan nation being the chosen one, the IIFA management has confirmed it is only one of the destinations being considered, and no final decision has been taken so far. 

“As a result of the positive achievements and results in previous destinations, countries bid for IIFA. We receive invitations to explore global cities for consideration every year. Nepal was just one of the countries bidding for IIFA in 2019 and IIFA had not yet confirmed Nepal as the host for our 20th edition,” Andre Timmins, Director, Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFA movement, said in a statement. 

“IIFA is not responsible and has not been involved in any of the recent media activity relating to Nepal and does not endorse any event details provided. Any speculation being made by media has been as a result of Nepal Tourism board and KMC going ahead without due authority and permission to speak about our global brand-IIFA coming to Nepal on their own accord. This has been in spite of IIFA brand regulations barring them to speak publicly about the discussions until the bid submission made by them is reviewed, assessed and formally accepted by IIFA with legal contracts being exchanged. In lieu of the recent of events, since IIFA had not confirmed Nepal as the official host destination, we will be taking a legal stance on this matter,” Timmins added. 

Ever since its debut in 2000, the three day event has been held at Johannesburg, Amsterdam, Dubai, Colombo, Toronto, Spain, Singapore, Tampa Bay, Kuala Lumpur, New York. The 19th edition was held in Bangkok last year.

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