ITB Berlin 2020 has been cancelled due to the unpredictable risks of the Corona virus. Whilst it is sad news, considering the effort that was put into preparing EuroVelo's presence at ITB and the Cycling Tourism Day, the organisers obviously have to take into consideration everyone’s health and safety.
Due to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics of Germany have stated their opinion that ITB Berlin will be cancelled. The responsible health authority of the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in Berlin imposed significantly tighter restrictions on holding the event with immediate effects. Among its requirements the authority stipulated that each participant would need to prove to Messe Berlin that they were not from a designated risk area or had not been in contact with a person or persons from a risk area. It is not possible for Messe Berlin to satisfy these requirements overall.
The map, which provides an overview of the entire European cycle route network, will be launched as part of the third edition of the Cycling Tourism Day being held on Friday 6 March 2020 at the world’s leading travel trade show.
For the third year in a row, EuroVelo will organise the Cycling Tourism Day on Friday 6 March in Adventure Hall 4.1, in collaboration with ADFC, the German Cyclists’ Association. This day will be full of presentations and discussions with a dozen leading experts from cycling and tourism organisations, including sessions on Cycling Tourism in Numbers, Combining Cycling Tourism with Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites, Alpine Cycle Routes and Cycling Tourism in Coastal Regions. Participants will also be invited to anetworking lunch at the EuroVelo booth between 12.00 and 13.00! Discover the full programme onthe EuroVelo website.
The Cycling Tourism Day will provide the stage for this year’s big EuroVelo announcements, the main one being the release of the new EuroVelo printed maps. Boasting important updates since the 2016 version, the new maps display the current development status of the whole EuroVelo network and are based on the latest GPS tracks provided by National EuroVelo Coordinators across Europe. The printed maps will be available at the EuroVelo booth (booth n°241 in Hall 4.1b).
It will also be the occasion to launch the new EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route Promotional Brochures. These detailed guides were developed in the frame of the MEDCYCLETOUR Interreg project and provide a lot of touristic information on the route, such as the main attractions to visit along the way, addresses of tourist information centres and bike repair shops, and many inspiring pictures.
Last but not least, the newEuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route transnational websiteand video, developed in the frame of the AtlanticOnBike Interreg project, will be launched on the main stage on the Cycling Tourism Day. The 20 partners involved in this project came together to provide the latest GPS tracks, identify what’s not to miss along this cycle route of more than 11,000 km and divide it into thematic stages. Special culinary products from France, Spain and Ireland will delight the networking lunch’s participants’ taste buds on this occasion!
First launched in 1995, EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, comprises 16 long distance high-quality cycling routes connecting and uniting the whole European continent. It is an initiative of ECF, the European Cyclists’ Federation, which is an umbrella federation for national cycling organisations throughout Europe.