Tourism Australia has confirmed that it is cancelling its flagship trade event showcase, the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), due to take place in Melbourne in May.
The decision follows a ban on non-essential organised indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, in addition to recently introduced travel restrictions requiring that everyone arriving into Australia must self-isolate for 14 days.
“Whilst the decision to cancel this year’s ATE is obviously deeply disappointing, and a further blow to our industry, the health and welfare of attendees has to be our primary concern,” said Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison.
“We’ve been monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation very closely and our scenario planning has of course included our forthcoming program of trade and industry events.
“We have made the decision to cancel ATE20 due to the situation unfolding globally and the effect it is having on travel.
“We will be providing a full refund of registration fees to all buyer and seller delegates.”
Tourism Australia will announce the details on the 2021 venue and dates shortly.