Travel trade show Arabian Travel Market has been postponed until the summer due to “the escalation of the Covid-19 epidemic”, organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced.
The event had been due to take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on 19-22 April. It is now scheduled at the same venue for 28 June-1 July.
“We at Arabian Travel Market want to express our concern for everyone impacted by coronavirus. Like all of you, we have carefully monitored the global health crisis related to Covid-19. Our top priority is the health and safety of everyone involved in Arabian Travel Market; employees, partners, customers and exhibitors,” said Reed in a statement.
It said the decision has been made after consultation with stakeholders, venue management, supporting associations, and “in alignment with the advice from the UAE public health authorities regarding travel to and from impacted countries”.
Reed said it believed the move was “in the best interest of the industry to enable us to organise an event which provides effective participation and experience for all”.
It added: “The announcement has been made at the earliest opportunity to give as much notice as possible to all stakeholders enabling them to make the necessary arrangements to reschedule their plans, and ensure even stronger attendance in June.
“Moving forward, we are continuing to liaise directly with all relevant United Arab Emirates and Dubai authorities on a regular basis, whilst monitoring and complying with the World Health Organisation guidance, and rest assured we will keep you informed of any new developments as we receive them. Our thoughts are with all those affected in these difficult times.”