Unsurprisingly, Worthersee Has Also Been Canceled for 2020

At this point, it would probably be more surprising if the annual springtime celebration of the GTI hadn’t been canceled, but it still feels worth mentioning. The Wortherseetreffen has been canceled. 

The treffen was actually among the earlier cancelations, with official word coming on March 11, but with just about everything shutting down this spring, it took us a minute to catch it.

The move wasn’t necessarily the organizers’ choice (though, probably feels like it would have happened either way. According to a message on the Wortherseetreffen website, the cancelation of the show was a reaction to the Austrian government’s ban on large gatherings.

“We have followed the situation in Carinthia and abroad very closely in recent weeks, as well as spoken to many partners, authorities, and experts, all of which have led the municipal authorities to come to the decision that the priority is and must be to protect the health of all participants,” the organizers wrote in a release. “The date of the event is still around 2 months away, but we would normally now be embarking on an intensive preparation phase – with an uncertain outcome. If the order were to be extended, it would cause significant economic loss to everyone involved.”

Anyone who has already purchased tickets will be reimbursed, according to the organizers, and can visit http://www.woertherseetreffen.at/ for more information.

The event, set to take place on May 20-23, would have been the 39th.

“While many people are currently fighting for their health and in some cases even for their lives, we do not consider it appropriate to launch into the planning and organization of our meeting at this time,” wrote the organizers. “May 2020 will therefore not include the official event days in Reifnitz – we hope that the whole situation surrounding the virus will soon improve significantly and that we can then look forward to an enjoyable anniversary event in 2021 – celebrating 40 years of the GTI Meeting in Reifnitz.”