UPDATE: Africa Travel Week postponed following the escalation of COVID-19

2020-03-03 14:45 - Marisa Crous
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UPDATE: World Travel Market Africa to be postponed

Reed Exhibitions Africa has confirmed that Africa Travel Week, which comprises of World Travel Market Africa and International Luxury Travel Market Africa, due to take place in April this year, will now be postponed following the escalation of COVID-19 Coronavirus around the world.

The event will now take place again in 2021. In a statement released today, Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Africa said: “We have had to respond to the current coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the ongoing conversations with our customers whose welfare is our number one priority. Due to the uncertainty in the region and around the world, with many of our clients facing company travel bans, we have taken the decision to postpone the event to 2021, which was due to take place from 02 – 08 April 2020. Our thoughts are with all those affected in these difficult times.”

Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director for Africa Travel Week added, “We would like to thank the industry for their support in these unprecedented times. All buyers and exhibitors and industry partners will be contacted in the coming days.”  

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In light of the announcement of the cancellation of ITB Berlin last Friday, the WTM Africa announced that it has no plans to cancel its annual event happening from 06 – 08 April 2020.

The WTM Africa is the leading B2B expo for inbound & outbound African travel & tourism markets brings the world to Africa & Africa to the world. And the decision has been made based on the fact that WTM Africa's exhibitors fall outside of high risk COVID-19 areas.

In terms of International Buyers attending the event, the following countries’ attendees will no longer be visiting WTM Africa 2020 in the interest of health and safety: 

• China

• Korea

• Iran

• Italy

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In light of this, WTM Africa has advised that it has additional buyers from other countries that will be attending in their place to ensure that exhibitors will still enjoy a successful show. WTM Africa will continue to monitor all areas and the relative Buyer origins on a daily basis.

Further to this, additional hygiene precautions have been put in place and furthermore, alcohol based hand sanitisers and tissues will be placed throughout the venue.