The hospitality community is awaiting a decision on the hosting of ITB Berlin next week.
With just days to go until the expected debut on March 4th, there have been calls from within Germany for the cancellation of the event.
Federal minister of the interior, Horst Seehofer, is among those calling for the event to be postponed as the world continues to battle the outbreak of a novel coronavirus.
“I personally believe that you cannot perform,” he said.
“That risk at such a large tourism fair, with representatives from those affected regions, and with expected 150,000 visitors, expected it not calculable.”
Germany has to date seen around 50 coronavirus cases.
However, ITB Berlin is considered the preeminent tradeshow for the European travel community, with many insiders calling for the event to go ahead as planned.
Exhibitors, delegates and organisers all stand to be substantially out of pocket should the event be cancelled.
Organisers at Messe Berlin have so far maintained that the event will go ahead.
A statement added: “Messe Berlin is currently coordinating with the public authorities at federal and state level on how to proceed with regard to ITB Berlin 2020 and COVID-19.
“It is expected that more detailed information will be…