The World’s Largest Tourism Expo Canceled, Indonesia Forced to Return

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The world’s largest tourism exhibition canceled, Indonesia delegation forced to return. The implementation of the largest tourism exchange in the world, the International Tourismus-Borse (ITB) Berlin, had to be canceled. The cancellation was due to the intense spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

This cancellation was announced through an official press release received on Saturday (2/29/2020). Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Wishnutama Kusbandio took quick and responsive steps about Indonesia’s participation in ITB Berlin.

The ITB Berlin event was canceled in the five days leading up to March 4 – 8, 2020

Menparekraf Wishnutama claimed to be concerned, he said that preparations for Indonesia’s participation, including the Indonesian Pavilion, were almost complete. “But we appreciate the cancellation decision taken because protecting health including anticipatory preventive measures is a priority amid the threat of the Coronavirus outbreak,” Wishnutama said through the official release on Saturday (2/29/2020).

ITB Berlin is planned to be followed by 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries

He explained that Indonesia, in this case, Kemenparekraf, has prepared to take part in the largest tourism exhibition in the world. The event is expected to be attended by 160,000 visitors. In the event, Wishnutama said that it had prepared several promotions, including building an Indonesian Pavilion with a concept that imaged the beauty of five super tourism destinations in Indonesia. “But already be the organizer’s decision. Based on the conclusion of the German government, we appreciate it very much, “said Wishnutama.

The Indonesian delegation who departed on Friday (2/28/2020) has also been withdrawn to return to Indonesia immediately. The delegation tasked with preparing for Indonesia’s participation had arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, for transit before continuing to Berlin, Germany, and the second delegation planned to depart on Sunday (1/3/2020) was also decided not to depart.

Indonesia focusing on promoting domestic tourism

Wishnutama said that currently. It is in line with President Joko Widodo’s direction, Kemanparekraf is preparing an incentive package to improve the performance of local tourism. “Tourism is a sector that has a direct impact on society. The multiplier effect is also high, so it is essential for us to continue to encourage the development of domestic tourism, “said Wishnutama.

Last Friday (2/28/2020), the Ministry Federal Health and the Germany Federal Ministry of Economy have officially stated their opinion that the ITB Berlin was canceled. The responsible health authorities from the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district in Berlin imposed tighter restrictions on organizing the event.

Chairperson of the Messe Berlin Board of Trustees Wolf-Dieter Wolf said that never in the 54 years history of the ITB Berlin and Messe Berlin events experienced the same situation. “We would like to thank all exhibitors and partners from around the world who, while I am faithfully participating in ITB Berlin, we hope to continue with your trusted relationship with our partners in the market, “he said.

ITB Berlin is the largest tourism exchange in the world.

ITB Berlin is the largest tourism exchange in the world. In 2019, 10,000 companies and organizations from 181 countries will showcase their products and services to 160,000 visitors, including 113,500 trade visitors.

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