The Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the region’s biggest B2B travel event, has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak, organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) said on Sunday.

The next edition will be held from May 16 to 19 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, following the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid Al Fitr celebrations.

“Decisions like this are never taken lightly. Discussions took place at the highest level both internally and externally with local and federal government, partners, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees who all endorsed our evaluation of the current situation and our decision to act once again, without delay,” said RTE in a statement.

RTE said it will be running an ATM Virtual Event from June 1 to 3, 2020 that includes webinars, live conference sessions, speed networking events, and one-on-one meetings.