IBTM Asia Pacific 2020 postponed over coronavirus disruption

(L to R) Melissa Ow, Deputy CEO, Singapore Tourist Board; Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions; Aloysious Arlando, SACEOS President; Shane Hannam, Portfolio Director, IBTM Events.

Reed Travel Exhibitions has postponed the inaugural edition of IBTM Asia Pacific in Singapore following ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The event will now be held on 13-14 April 2021.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly,” said Shane Hannam, portfolio director at IBTM Events.

“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.

“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.”

Dr Edward Koh, executive director, conventions, meetings and incentive travel at Singapore Tourism Board, said the show will remain a key highlight in Singapore’s event calendar

“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,” Koh said.