Reed Travel Exhibitions has rescheduled the dates for three global trade shows in its WTM Portfolio: WTM Latin America, Arabian Travel Market (ATM) and Africa Travel Week – which comprises of WTM Africa and International Luxury Travel Market Africa.
The original dates of the events were changed in response to the escalation of COVID-19.
ATM has been rescheduled from 19 – 22 April at Dubai World Trade Centre to 16 – 19 May 2021, same venue.
Exhibition Director Danielle Curtis said they are fully aware of the important role that ATM plays for industry professionals across the Middle East region and beyond. She said that they are grateful for the full endorsement from customers and partners, who assisted in helping them reach the decision to reschedule the event.
In the meantime, while the physical show will be rescheduled to 2021, we will keep the industry connected by hosting an ATM Virtual Event from 1-3 June featuring a series of webinars, live conference sessions, speed networking events, one-on-one meetings and much more.
WTM Latin America 2020, which was due to take place from 31 March to 2 April, will now be held from 20-22 October 2020 at the same venue, Expo Center Norte, in São Paulo.
WTM Director for Latin America Luciane Leite said they appreciate the hard work that goes into the planning and preparations that partners and exhibitors had to go through for the event and the need to unite in this challenging period.
These are difficult times, but I am sure that together we will emerge stronger from this situation.
Meanwhile, Africa Travel Week, which comprises of WTM Africa and International Luxury Travel Market Africa, scheduled to take place from 2 – 8 April this year, will now be postponed until 2021 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Africa, said that due to the uncertainty in the region and around the world, they have decided to postpone the event to 2021. She assured that their thoughts are with all those affected by these difficult times.
Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director for Africa Travel Week, also thank the industry for their support in these unprecedented times.
According to WTM Portfolio Director Claude Blanc they are constantly reviewing the situation and the impact on events, in line with local and national government and public health advisory and World Health Organization guidelines. He said that their policies reflect those of the country governments where the events are taking place.
There has never been a more crucial time for the travel industry to work together and our newly scheduled shows promise to be the quality business events that exhibitors and visitors have come to expect – just a little later in the year.
He assured that they will still meet everyone at WTM events in the future. And until that time, their new online portal – WTM Global Hub – which was launched recently, will connect and support the travel industry professionals around the world.
Visitor registration remains valid for the new event dates and anyone who has booked travel and/or hotel accommodation should contact their respective tour operator, airline and hotel.