Covid variants cause major event cancellations

ITB Berlin 2022 cancelled for the third year, and postponement of the World Economic Forum.

World Economic Forum postpones its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
World Economic Forum postpones its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Photo Credit:Facebook/World Economic Forum

During Q3-4, in-person meetings and events were being cancelled due to the Delta variant. Now with cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant surging globally, conferences, exhibitions and trade shows are once again being cancelled or held virtually. To submit an event, please email us.

ITB Berlin, the travel industry's largest global exhibition, has been cancelled for the third consecutive year. The event, which was scheduled to take place 9-13 March, 2022, was cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation in Germany and travel restrictions that would limit the number of participants. 

Prior to the cancellation, David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin had announced in a 7 October Facebook post that attendees can look forward to "entirely new formats" such as the ITB Beam Box for those who can't be there physically, and a new 'Digital Nomads' travel segment.

The trade fair will now be live-streamed and a Digital Business Day will held on 17 March. ITB Berlin 2023 is scheduled to take place 8-12 March.

The World Economic Forum has postponed its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. One online series, titled "State of the World," will take place to bring global leaders together to discuss solutions to the world's most pressing issues. 

The in-person event, which was scheduled for 17-21 January, will now be held in 3Q 2022. The event has brought in around 3,000 people from around the world in years past. Last year's annual meeting was switched to Singapore before being cancelled altogether.

"Public-private cooperation has moved forward throughout the pandemic and that will continue apace. We look forward to bringing global leaders together in person soon," said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Source: Northstar Meetings Group

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