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The World Tourism Organization is monitoring coronavirus situation, ITB is not cancelled

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is closely monitoring developments related to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), both in China and worldwide and is cooperating closely with the World Health Organization (WHO). No travel or trade restrictions are currently recommended by WHO.

The responsibility of tourism

During times of crisis, tourism has to live up to its responsibility as an integral part of wider society. The sector must put people and their wellbeing first.

The cooperation of the tourism sector will be vital in stopping the spread of the virus and limiting its impact on people and communities. Tourists also have a responsibility to inform themselves before they travel in order to limit the threat of transmission, and they should follow the recommendations of the WHO and their own national health authorities.

Tourism is vulnerable to the effects of public health emergencies and is already being affected by this outbreak. However, it is too early to fully estimate the impacts this outbreak will have.

ITB Berlin show will take place as scheduled

ITB Berlin on February 12th made announcement regarding Coronavirus as well, saying that the this year’s ITB Berlin will take place as scheduled from 4 to 8 March 2020.

The authorities in Berlin have already issued a statement to the effect that Berlin is very well prepared to deal with any cases. The safety and health of ITB exhibitors, visitors and partners is number one priority. At present, the management does not foresee any impacts for the upcoming ITB Berlin, but as a precaution they are introducing new measures to increase the safety of all attendees at ITB Berlin.

»Should there be any changes to the current status, we will take account of any recommendations from the relevant federal and state authorities, and the municipal health authorities, and implement all appropriate instructions, « is said in the announcement.