NeXTfairs, the multi-format events organizer, has announced that in view of the global spread of COVID-19, the first edition of Qatar Travel Mart (QTM), which was scheduled for 17-19 November 2020 at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) will now be moved to 16-18 November, 2021. The move has been confirmed after discussions with all stakeholders and with a view to allow all participants to safely navigate through the impacts of COVID-19.
Speaking about the postponement, Rawad Sleem, General Manager of NeXTfairs, said, “Considering the effects of the current crisis on the travel and tourism sector, we have had intense discussions with our strategic partners, founding partners and strategic sponsors. The welfare of our exhibitors is our priority and taking into consideration the recommendations of the relevant industry pioneers and partners regarding the economic slowdown in the large markets, we have come to the smart decision to postpone the physical exhibition by a year. The delay will also help the industry understand the long-term effects of the pandemic and pave the way to a new line of thinking. Our team is constantly monitoring the global situation and it was concluded that the announcement of the postponement should be done at the earliest to enable our exhibitors and partners to make necessary alterations to their plans.”
While the precautionary measures taken by the State of Qatar to prevent and contain the spread of Coronavirus is effective and is in accordance with the international standards set by WHO, the choice to postpone is in the best interest of the industry and exhibitors, as it will ensure effective participation and involvement from all.
Updates will be shared on the official website of the exhibition and the QTM team will be reaching out to all participants with the detailed arrangements.
The changed dates will support normalcy and confidence to return to the marketplace, ease travel restrictions, and provide all-around better conditions for exhibitors and visitors to engage and take part in one of the most anticipated shows in Qatar. QTM’s sole focus remains to provide an event of enhanced quality, with more substantial exhibitors and qualified trade buyers.