Why ITB Berlin Was Cancelled


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Thousands of travel consumers, including trade delegates and visitors would have converged at Messe, Berlin in Germany for  ITB Berlin, a tourism exhibition which would have opened  its doors  this week, precisely 4 to 9 March. The fair was due to open last Wednesday but concerns grew over the viability of hosting huge numbers of visitors as Germany recorded a jump in the number of infected residents. It was not be.

The organisers of the ITB travel trade fair in Berlin, said to be the world’s biggest, said last Friday they were cancelling the event over coronavirus fears. The world’s largest travel trade show usually attracts 100,000 visitors from 180 countries including Nigeria.

It was reported that just days before the ITB Berlin is due to open, show owner Messe Berlin said all exhibitors and trade visitors will be asked to complete a health declaration as a prerequisite for access to the halls.

According to a news report, exhibitors would have faced long queues at the security checkpoints at Messe Berlin entrances, on the morning of 4 March where they will need to present both a badge and health form to officers to enter the halls.

“We take our responsibility for the security and the health of our guests,
exhibitors and employees very seriously. It is with a heavy heart that we have to look at the necessary cancellation of the ITB Berlin 2020,” said Christian Göke, chairman of organisers Messe Berlin.

With confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Europe’s biggest economy rising above 60, more than 1,000 people were in quarantine in Germany’s most populous state Friday.

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