IBTM APAC 2020 postponed over coronavirus

Organisers have postponed the inaugural IBTM Asia Pacific due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific in Singapore has been postponed to 13-14 April 2021. 

Reed Travel Exhibitions took the decision following the latest advice regarding Coronavirus, and as a result of in-depth discussions with customers and hosted buyers from the region and globally.

Shane Hannam, portfolio director at IBTM Events, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly; our customers, partners and team in Singapore have worked incredibly hard on the event and while it is disappointing to postpone, it’s imperative that we prioritise the health and safety of everyone involved. 

“We also recognise that business has to continue. With this in mind, over the coming weeks, we will be creating ways of keeping our community connected to support and collaborate and to keep our world moving during this difficult period.

“We are committed to Singapore as a host city and look forward to returning to the region very soon to meet with as many customers and partners as possible.”

Dr Edward Koh, executive director, conventions, meetings and incentive travel at Singapore Tourism Board, said: “We understand and support IBTM Asia Pacific’s decision to reschedule their show to 2021, and we will work closely with Reed Travel Exhibitions and our partners to provide the assistance they need during this time.”

Global agencies have spoken to C&IT to reveal how they are meeting the challenges posed by the outbreak.

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