The March 4-8, 2020 ITB Berlin Convention has been cancelled. News release: “Due to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics have stated their opinion that ITB Berlin be cancelled.”
Next ITB event: March 10-14, 2021. Meanwhile, participants are hosting online conversations. We’ll post links on this page, starting with Global Ecotourism Network’s globalecotourismnetwork.org/event/itb-berlin_2020
Making the most of a cancelled event
Despite the cancellation and in many cases because of it, there are a number of discussions, videos and chats taking place using the Internet as a means of sharing information and networking.
++++ ITB Berlin 2020 cancelled. +++ Our team deeply regrets the circumstances & looks forward to welcoming you next year at ITB Berlin, 10 to 14 March 2021. Thanks to all visitors, exhibitors & partners around the world who have supported us in the past days and weeks. #ITBBerlin pic.twitter.com/5ApQn6dOTv
— ITB Berlin (@ITB_Berlin) February 28, 2020
Live from the @i_ambassador @TravelDudes Unofficial ITB Travel Tweet-up 2020 courtesy of @RestlessChildCZ #StrandedInBerlin #itbdigital #ITBBerlin #itb2020 #whatwewantedtosayatITB pic.twitter.com/I8Kv4Jn8j2
— Stranded In Berlin (@StrandedInBER) March 4, 2020
If the @ITB_Berlin gets cancelled, the ITB Convention & #TravelMassive Forum could take place: Extended, in #digital, and then in recordings – #sustainable #global and all. #CoronaVirusUpdates @travelmassive @btf_tweets pic.twitter.com/NYVAaHDK0H
— Kirsi Hyvaerinen (@Tweets_KH) February 28, 2020
— Kirsi Hyvaerinen (@Tweets_KH) March 3, 2020
Ready to go VIRTUAL? Join us at ITB Virtual Convention! We gather top notch speaker & trend topics from today to 11 March on our new platform https://t.co/muB3M0r72m. Explore the program & be our virtual attendee: https://t.co/PUQk6HHbde Join the conversation with #ITBvirtualcon pic.twitter.com/zFMcNusPpm
— ITB Berlin (@ITB_Berlin) March 5, 2020
Spotlight on the Tourism 2030 Webinar
Wednesday, March 4, 4-5pm CET
Tourism2030 Online: SDG2030 and Travel Green Planet Initiative
Ron Mader: Kudos to the organizers and participants. There were about 2 dozen viewers and an opportunity to chat/post questions. Again, kudos. Mainstreaming is livestreaming AND archived video. That said, my personal reaction is mixed. There was a lot of talk about projects in development that are not integrated in the social web. In the worst scenario, we are building new info silos for bureaucrats rather than addressing, engaging, and responding to the public.
Despite the cancellation of the ITB Berlin, and in some cases because of it, there are a number of interesting virus-free conversations taking place right now
🌎 https://t.co/N4gPlFPuFB#itbberlin #jomo #nachhaltigkeit #whatwewantedtosayatITB pic.twitter.com/mBDDnBs0Xr
— planetanews (@planetanews) March 4, 2020
- Who benefits from attending the ITB?
- What are the outcomes of the ITB?
- Who exhibits and who attends the event?
- Is there a directory of participants?
- How will ITB2021 different from ITB2019?
- What would locals like visitors to know about Berlin?
- Is there live or recorded video? (Yes)