In the wake of the cancellation of ITB Berlin (scheduled to start this week) due to concerns about coronavirus, Reed Exhibitions South Africa has advised that there are no plans to cancel ILTM or WTM Africa in Cape Town, which run from April 2-8.
“While ITB Berlin was cancelled this past Friday, we have based our decision on the fact that our exhibitors fall outside high-risk COVID-19 areas,” said Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism & Sports Portfolio for Reed Exhibitions South Africa. “That being said, in terms of international buyers, attendees from China, Korea, Iran, and Italy will no longer be visiting ILTM or WTM Africa 2020, in the interests of health and safety.”
According to a statement from the trade show, attendees from these four countries will no longer attend ILTM and WTMA 2020 but Reed Exhibitions South Africa is replacing them with waitlisted buyers from other countries, ensuring that exhibitors still enjoy a successful show.
“We will continue to monitor all areas and the relative buyer origins on a daily basis. Additional hygiene precautions have been put in place, including the placement of alcohol-based hand sanitisers and tissues throughout the venue,” said Oberholzer. “Reed Exhibitions takes our exhibitors’, buyers’, visitors’ and staff’s wellbeing extremely seriously and the measures put in place are all geared toward ensuring the health and safety of all attending the event.”