World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE), Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) have axed plans to hold a ‘physical event’ this year and will instead transition to a virtual platform running September 14-16.
Polly Magraw, Event Director at Reed Exhibitions, said: “We know how much people want to get back to meeting face to face. But the situation around the world remains unpredictable due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing challenges and global restrictions on international travel faced by the global aviation sector. We have therefore made the difficult decision to postpone our physical events to June 2022. This has been another incredibly difficult decision to take, and we are very disappointed that we will not be able to bring the industry together in person in 2021, but we believe it is the right course of action at this time.”
The virtual event will include debate, presentations and the Taste of Travel theatre, supported as usual by Onboard Hospitality, but in the new format.
Magraw said the event will create new ways for airlines and the supply chain to find solutions, discover the latest innovations and make important business connections. Further details of September’s virtual event will be announced shortly.
“We remain extremely grateful to all our stakeholders, partners, exhibitors and visitors for their understanding and patience and we look forward to seeing you all face to face again from 14-16 June 2022 at the Hamburg Messe,” she added.