09 Apr

ABTA announces postponement of Morocco 2020 Travel Convention

Association plans to hold a UK-based Travel Convention in its place

ABTA today announced that this year’s Morocco-based Travel Convention, due to be held in Marrakech in October 2020, has been postponed until the same time in 2021. ABTA will instead hold a UK-based Travel Convention at a similar time in the autumn.

Following discussion with the Moroccan National Tourism Office it was agreed that at the present time ABTA and the Tourist Office’s attention and resources should be focused on dealing with the current critical situation impacting the travel industry in both the UK and Morocco. 

ABTA Chief Executive, Mark Tanzer, said “We are very disappointed to have to postpone this year’s planned Convention in Marrakech, but the current circumstances left us with little choice. I am delighted that the Moroccan National Tourism Office has confirmed its support for hosting the event in October 2021, and I have no doubt that the Convention then will be a great success for our hosts, our delegates and our headline partners.

Instead, this year we’ll host an industry event that will combine the annual Travel Matters policy event, normally held in June, with a Convention focusing particularly on issues and opportunities as the industry rebuilds from the effects of the CoVid-19 pandemic.”

More details of the Autumn 2020 Travel Convention will be released in due course.


Notes to editors
ABTA has been a trusted travel brand for 70 years. Our purpose is to help our Members to grow their businesses successfully and sustainably, and to help their customers travel with confidence. 

The ABTA brand stands for support, protection and expertise. This means consumers have confidence in ABTA and a strong trust in ABTA Members. These qualities are core to us as they ensure that holidaymakers remain confident in the holiday products that they buy from our Members. 

We help our Members and their customers navigate through today's changing travel landscape by raising standards in the industry; offering schemes of financial protection; providing an independent complaints resolution service should something go wrong; giving guidance on issues from sustainability to health and safety and by presenting a united voice to government to ensure the industry and the public get a fair deal.

ABTA has more than 4,300 travel brands in Membership, providing a wide range of leisure and business travel services, with a combined annual UK turnover of £39 billion. For more details about what we do, what being an ABTA Member means and how we help the British public travel with confidence visit www.abta.com.