Tourism Industry Aotearoa has cancelled its Discussing Tourism – Communications event, as restrictions over the Covid-19 outbreak take hold.
The sold-out event was to take place on 30 March at Rydges Auckland with an audience of around 100 communications specialists from tourism organisations around the country.
It was an extension of TIA’s Discussing Tourism regional events and would have featured a media panel to discuss how industry specialists could tell better tourism stories.
“Given the uncertainties around what our world might look like by 30 March, as well as the unprecedented challenges facing our members, it didn’t seem feasible to continue at this time,” TIA said in a statement yesterday.
“We’re very sad about this, as it was looking to be a really good and interesting day. On the bright side, we have established there is a demand for an event of this type, so we can look at reviving the concept one day in the future.”
TIA said would look to provide some communications content in the form of a webinar or similar.
Auckland Airport has also announced the cancellation of its Tourism Forum 2020, which was as due to take place in Christchurch on 18 May.
The event coincided with the start of TRENZ, which has also been cancelled.
“During this unprecedented time, we are in dialogue with government and industry to provide information to ensure quality decisions are made,” said Scott Tasker, general manager of aeronautical and commercial at Auckland Airport.
“Auckland Airport is working closely with government, airlines, tourism industry and our business partners in managing through the initial stages of the pandemic, and thereafter we are advocating for joining together in seeking tourism and aviation industry recovery.”
Speakers at the event were set to discuss the challenges the industry faced, with a focus on recovering from crisis and rebooting small and medium tourism operators.
Across the ditch, Tourism Australia yesterday confirmed that it is cancelling its flagship trade event showcase, the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), due to take place in Melbourne in May.
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