Arabian Travel Market has been postponed for nearly three months, Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced.
The event, which is to be held in the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, was supposed to take place next month from 19th to 22nd April but will now be held from 28th June to 1st July.
In a statement, Reed Travel Exhibitions said that it was motivated by concern for everyone affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus and has been carefully monitoring the worldwide health crisis.
The company’s main priority is to safeguard the safety and health of all those involved in Arabian Travel Market, including employees, customers, exhibitors and partners, and consequently the decision was made to postpone this year’s event.
Because the epidemic has escalated all over the world, the company consulted with stakeholders, venue management and supporting associations as well as health authorities in the UAE before making the decision.
Although the UAE continues to follow strict hygiene and medical protocols in accordance with international standards, the decision to postpone the event was made to ensure that it could offer effective participation and a great experience for everyone.
The move is believed to be in the industry’s best interests.
The company says that the announcement has made been as early as possible to give stakeholders enough time to reschedule their arrangements and ensure that the June event has a strong attendance.
Arabian Travel Market plays a crucial role in the Middle East and beyond for professionals in the travel and tourism industry, and Reed Travel Exhibitions says that it is grateful for the full partner and customer support it has received.
The company will continue to liaise directly on a regular basis with every relevant authority within the UAE and Dubai in addition to monitoring and complying with guidance from the World Health Organisation.
New developments will be reported to the public as soon as they are received.
Tim Clark, the outgoing president of the UAE-based airline Emirates, will step down from his position in June and was supposed to be giving one of his final interviews at Arabian Travel Market.
45 cases of coronavirus have so far been officially reported in the UAE, and as a consequence, a number of big events have been postponed or cancelled all across the nation, of which Arabian Travel Market is merely the latest.
Other postponed or cancelled events in the UAE include the likes of Abu Dhabi’s Ultra Music Festival, the Oman Petroleum & Energy Show, the 2020 World Triathlon Series, and Art Dubai.
More than 39,000 travel professionals, journalists and government officials attend Arabian Travel Market every year.
Anyone who intends to travel in or out of the UAE should take out travel insurance before they do so, with more comprehensive policies also offering coverage in the event of falling ill while in a foreign country.