In view of the global spread of COVID-19, the first edition of Qatar Travel Mart (QTM), which was scheduled on 17 – 19 November 2020 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, will now be moved to 16 – 18 November 2021. The announcement was made by event organiser NeXTfairs.

The move was confirmed after discussions with all stakeholders and to allow all participants to safely navigate through the impact of COVID-19.

According to NeXTfairs General Manager Rawad Sleem, they have had discussions with strategic partners, founding partners and strategic sponsors. He said that the welfare of exhibitors is a priority and taking into consideration the recommendations of industry pioneers and partners regarding the economic slowdown in large markets, they decided to postpone the physical exhibition by a year.

He added that the delay will also help the industry understand the long-term effects of the pandemic and pave the way to a new line of thinking.

Our team is constantly monitoring the global situation and it was concluded that the announcement of the postponement should be done at the earliest to enable our exhibitors and partners to make necessary alterations to their plans.

While the precautionary measures taken by the State of Qatar to prevent and contain the spread of Coronavirus is effective and is in accordance with the international standards set by WHO, the choice to postpone is in the best interest of the industry and exhibitors, as it will ensure effective participation and involvement from all.

Updates will be shared on the exhibition’s official website and the QTM team will be reaching out to all participants with the detailed arrangements.

The changed dates will support normalcy and confidence to return to the marketplace, ease travel restrictions, and provide all-around better conditions for exhibitors and visitors to engage and take part in one of the most anticipated shows in Qatar. QTM’s sole focus remains to provide an event of enhanced quality, with more substantial exhibitors and qualified trade buyers.

NeXTfairs is confident of the impact and influence of Qatar Travel Mart to the travel and tourism industry, and invites everyone to stay connected and involved in their initiatives.

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