Mexican travel trade show Tianguis is set to be staged in September 2021 after Covid forced this year’s event to go digital.

The 45th annual Tianguis next year “will allow mobility to normalise and will help participants to be in optimal conditions to conduct business in a face-to-face format”.

The event has been scheduled to take place in Merida in the state of Ycatan on September 26-29.

Confirmation came following analysis of the development of the current situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and “attending to the responsibility of governments to ensure the health of all those involved,” according to Mexico tourism minister Miguel Torruco Marques.

He said: “We are confident that this change will benefit the Mexican tourism industry, as it will allow to have the necessary conditions to host a successful face-to-face Tianguis Turistico Mexico in Merida.”

Mexico’s tourism ministry said that “preserving the health of attendees, both national and foreign, as well as the local population, is the priority”.

The tourism authority added: “The new dates were selected after analysing the calendar of international trade events, which will allow greater attendance based on this agenda, since the main tourist fairs and trade events in the world of the first half of 2021 have been postponed such as Fitur in Madrid, which will now be held in May; or they have changed their format, like ITB in Berlin, which will take place but in digital format.”