Published on Thursday, April 9, 2020

ABTA postpones Morocco Travel Convention for 12 months

ABTA has postponed its overseas conference, due to be held in Marrakech in~October, until October 2021 and replaced it this year with a UK-based Travel Convention, which will be held at a similar time in the autumn.

It said it had taken the decision not to go ahead with the conference in Marrakech this year following discussion with the Moroccan National Tourism Office.

It was agreed that at the present time ABTA and the Tourist Office's attention and resources should be focused on dealing with the current critical situation impacting the travel industry in both the UK and Morocco, it said.

ABTA chief executive,Mark Tanzer added: "We are very disappointed to have to postpone this year's planned Convention in Marrakech, but the current circumstances left us with little choice. I am delighted that the Moroccan National Tourism Office has confirmed its support for hosting the event in~October 2021, and I have no doubt that the Convention then will be a great success for our hosts, our delegates and our headline partners.

"Instead, this year we'll host an industry event that will combine the annual Travel Matters policy event, normally held in June, with a Convention focusing particularly on issues and opportunities as the industry rebuilds from the effects of the CoVid-19 pandemic."

More details of the Autumn 2020 Travel Convention will be released in due course, added ABTA.

Registrations had not yet opened for the planned Morocco convention.

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