Abta is to hold its annual Travel Convention virtually for the second time this autumn, with its postponed 2020 Marrakech event now scheduled to take place in spring 2022.

The association said the decision to continue with the virtual format this year recognised that the travel and tourism sector would be continuing to deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It added: “The 2022 Travel Convention will take place in Morocco next spring, allowing the travel industry to experience the wonders of Marrakech at a time when the recovery of the sector from the pandemic should be more advanced.”

Confirming this year’s virtual convention would take place in the week beginning October 11, chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “The pandemic, and its impact on travel, have both continued for longer than most people originally thought.

“We are eager to return to our usual convention format overseas, but we have to recognise the economic environment the industry continues to work in. Making the decision now allows delegates and sponsors to plan accordingly.”

He added: “Feedback on last year’s extended reality Convention was overwhelmingly positive, and I am confident that this year’s event will be equally engaging and stimulating.

“At the same time, we look forward to the industry being able to gather in the beautiful and vibrant city of Marrakech in spring 2022, hosted by our friends, the Moroccan National Tourist Office.”

The association said further details of both events would be announced “in due course”.