Reed Travel Exhibitions announced rescheduled dates for WTM Portfolio


In response to the escalation of Covid-19, Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced dates for three spring global trade shows in its World Travel Market portfolio.

In 2021, World Travel Market – Latin America, Arabian Travel Market and Africa Travel Week, which comprises of World Travel Market – Africa and International Luxury Travel Market Africa will return.

From May 16th-19 the next year at the Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates the Arabian Travel Market will take place.

Danielle Curtis, exhibition director, Arabian Travel Market mentioned that at Arabian Travel Market they want to express their concern for everyone impacted by the coronavirus.

They are fully aware of the important role that Arabian Travel Market plays for industry professionals across the Middle East region and beyond.

They are grateful for the full endorsement that they have received from their customers and partners, who assisted in helping them reach this decision and agreed the 2020 event should be rescheduled.

 World Travel Market – Latin America which was originally scheduled to begin in March, will now be held from October 20th-22nd this year at the same venue, Expo Center Norte, in São Paulo.

Luciane Leite, director of the event appreciate the hard work that goes into the planning and preparations. He said that their partners and exhibitors are preparing for the event and they have to unite in this challenging period.

 These are difficult times, but he wsa sure that together they will emerge stronger from this situation.

Africa Travel Week will be postponed until 2021  and held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

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Carol Weaving, managing director of Reed Exhibitions Africa, said that due to the uncertainty in the region and around the world, with many of their clients facing company travel bans they have decided to postpone the event to 2021.

Their thoughts were with those affected in these difficult times.

Reed mentioned in a statement that 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 they booked with.

Claude Blanc, World Travel Market portfolio director, said that they are constantly reviewing the situation around Covid-19 and the impact on their events in line with local and national government and public health advice and World Health Organisation guidelines.

Their policies reflect those of the country governments in which their events take place.

This is a crucial time for the travel industry to work together and their newly scheduled shows promise to be the quality business events that exhibitors and visitors have come to expect which will happen a little later in the year.