The World Travel & Tourism Council has postponed its annual summit in Mexico until the autumn as coronavirus takes its toll on the industry.

The event, which was due to be held on April 221-23, will now take place in early autumn in Cancun to allow the sector “time to recover from the current Covid-19 outbreak and its impact”.

WTTC president and chief executive Gloria Guevara said: “We stand in solidarity with governments, countries and organisations which are being affected by Covid-19 and look forward to hosting our global summit in the autumn.

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“This will provide a global platform to discuss the sector’s recovery and future plans.”

Carlos Joaquin, governor of the Quintana Roo region of Mexico, added: “Cancun and the State of Quintana Roo are continuing to plan a full schedule of events, meetings and conventions against the global backdrop of Covid-19.

“We have no Covid-19 cases but stand ready to support those around the world.”

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