AASA STATEMENT: CHRIS ZWEIGENTHAL, CEO
AASA cancels 50th Annual General Assembly event
At its 26 March 2020 meeting, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of AASA took the very difficult decision to cancel the Annual General Assembly (AGA) which was scheduled to take place at Skukuza from 8 to 11 October 2020.
The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both aviation, travel and tourism, with domestic business travel just having commenced at four airports, and other airports to be added in phases over the next weeks, and no clear indication of when tourism together with regional and international travel will be authorised, has significantly contributed to this decision.
The airline industry has been extremely hard hit with revenues cut to zero overnight when the lockdown commenced and this has resulted in airlines as well as all aviation, travel and tourism service providers, being severely impacted by a liquidity crisis and struggling to survive.
The financial impact will be felt long into the future and we believe the lead time to our proposed dates in October 2020 will be insufficient to register a recovery to justify an investment which we always request from our generous sponsors to fund the AGA, and our members to justify the expense of flights and accommodation at this difficult time. This is the first time to our knowledge in our history that we have made this decision. We are very sorry to have made this decision especially in this, our 50th year.
We shall still hold an Annual General Meeting during October 2020, but this will probably be on a virtual platform or together with a small event, depending on what the regulations will allow us to do. We have made the call to retain Skukuza as the venue for our next event which will take place in 2021. We may consider date options such as May / June 2021 or October 2021 and evaluate suitable alternatives.
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L Events / Aviation Events / AviaDev Africa
/ 9 - 11 June 2021
The international outbreak of Coronavirus has led to unprecedented disruption on a global level. AviaDev Africa, the leading air service development conference in Africa was originally due to take place in May 2020.
Given the scale of the pandemic, the decision has now been made to postpone it for a full year and hold this event on 9-11 June 2021 at the Novotel Convention & Spa in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
AviaDev’s Founder and CEO, Jon Howell said “The wellbeing of our attendees is of utmost importance and we feel that it is in the best interest of our regional and international participants to reconvene when the health situation has improved, travel restrictions have eased and our great industry is on an upward trajectory.
I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the host team at Ravinala Airports and the Novotel Convention & Spa, Antananarivo, along with all our sponsors and partners, for their continued support in making this event the most important route development event in Africa.” Read the original article...
L Events / Past AASA AGA's
Where: LUX* Saint Gilles Hotel, Reunion
When: 10 to 13 October 2019
Where: AVANI Victoria Falls,
When: 11 to 14 October 2018