ITB Berlin 2020 has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the event organizers report. The annual travel industry event, which was expected to draw more than 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries this year, was originally scheduled to take place March 4 – 8.
“Due to the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics have decided to cancel ITB Berlin,” the event organizers wrote in a statement announcing the decision.
The health authority responsible for Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf of Berlin increased the requirements for the event to take place; among other things, the new requirements would have required all event attendees to prove that they have not come from defined coronavirus risk areas or have had contact with a person from the risk areas. The event organizers said that they would not be able to implement these requirements.