Reed Travel Exhibitions has postponed the inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific, which was scheduled to take place in Singapore this April.
The event has been rescheduled to 13-14 April 2021.
The decision was based on the latest advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and as a result of in-depth discussions between the show’s organisers, exhibitors and hosted buyers.
Shane Hannam, portfolio director at IBTM Events, said it was not an easy decision to postpone the event.
“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,” he said.
“We are extremely grateful for the understanding of our customers, partners and team, and for the strong support we have had since announcing this new addition to our portfolio.
“We also recognize 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 send our warm regards to all our colleagues, partners and customers and sincerely wish everyone a swift return to normal life soon. 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.”
Singapore Tourism Board’s Edward Koh supported the decision.
“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,” he said.
“IBTM is a valued partner, and their Asia Pacific show remains a key highlight in Singapore’s event calendar. We look forward to extending a warm welcome to all attendees and exhibitors in 2021.”
A series of up-to-date resources about COVID-19 can be found here.
The World Health Organisation has also released a document containing recommendations and advice for mass gatherings during the current outbreak.