Tourism Australia has cancelled its flagship trade event showcase, the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), due to take place in Melbourne in May.
The decision follow’s earlier announcement by Australia’s Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer no longer permitting non-essential organised events 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,” Ms Harrison said.
Tourism Australia will continue to review all future events on an ongoing basis.