ITB Berlin 2020 will no longer take host.
Because of the speedy spread of the brand new coronavirus (COVID-19) the Federal Ministry of fitness and the Federal Ministry of Economics have stated their opinion that ITB Berlin be canceled.
This night, the accountable health authority of the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in Berlin imposed notably tighter regulations on protecting the event.
Amongst its requirements, the authority stipulated that every participant might need to prove to Messe Berlin that they were now not from a designated hazard place or had no longer been in touch with someone or individuals from a danger vicinity. It isn’t always possible for Messe Berlin to meet these necessities ordinary.
Messe Berlin had for weeks made it known that a decision on preserving or canceling massive-scale events would simplest be taken primarily based at the recommendations or instructions of the applicable professional authorities. Best they own the necessary records and specialist information with a view to draw the proper conclusions.
Dr. Christian Goke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH, said: ”With greater than 10,000 exhibitors from over a hundred and eighty countries ITB Berlin is extremely vital for the arena’s tourism enterprise. We take our obligation for the health and protection of our traffic, exhibitors and employees very significantly. It’s far with a heavy coronary heart that we need to now come to phrases with the cancellation of ITB Berlin 2020.”
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messe Berlin Wolf-Dieter Wolf stated: ”no longer as soon as inside the 54-12 months history of the occasion have ITB Berlin and Messe Berlin experienced a similar scenario. We would love to thank all exhibitors and companions from all over the world who over the last few days and weeks have stood via ITB Berlin. We stay up for persevering with the depended on dating with our companions within the market.“
The cancellation marks the contemporary ITB event to be suffering from the outbreak. Earlier this week, organizers had postponed ITB China, which had been scheduled for may additionally thirteen – 15 at the Shanghai international Expo Exhibition and conference center. The new date for that event has now not but been announced.
Some other Berlin-primarily based occasion, the global Hospitality and funding discussion board (IHIF), has additionally been postponed from March 2- 4 to may additionally four -6. (The occasion is owned through meeting spotlight’s parent employer, Questex.) The IHIF, along side its co-positioned event adjacent spaces@IHIF, will now take location on the ones dates at the InterContinental hotel and Pullman resort, respectively.
In line with the brand new scenario report from the sector fitness enterprise (WHO), there are 21 confirmed instances of the coronavirus in Germany, in comparison to over 82,000 global. There have been no deaths in Germany from the contamination thus far.