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  • The new English-language business podcast series has got off to a flying start. With the Travel Hero Podcast, this year’s ITB Berlin was able to celebrate a genuine first. The concept: in the podcasts episodes Nico Gutjahr, a lively presenter who became popular with his web talk show – where he has hosted famous actors  and celebrities from all walks of life – conducts tête-à-tête interviews with  inspiring personalities from the tourism industry. The series kicked off with a Deep Dive session on ’Women in Travel Tech’, in which Charlotte Lamp Davies from A Bright Approach shares her thoughts on why the tech industry still has a long way to go before it achieves gender equality. This sector has been among the fastest-growing for many years, and it would be all the more desirable for the number of women it employs to significantly increase in the years to come.

    The second episode with well-known blogger Kash Battacharya forms part of the Soul Talk series. Through his website the “Budgettraveller” Kash has become one of the most successful travel industry bloggers.In the interview he talks about how hostels, which used to signify budget hotels with a bad image, have now become genuine style icons. Andrew Nelson, a ‘flying global reporter’ with National Geographic, also revealed  some personal experiences. The latest episode welcomes lively Verena Keimer, Head of Marketing at Travelzoo, who shares insights about her daily life.

    The first four episodes are only the start of what is scheduled to become a longer series in which the World’s Leading Tourism Trade Show® will report on the many different facets of travelling. The focus of the Soul Talks episodes is on the life and personality of the interviewees, while that of the Deep Dive episodes is on trending...

  • ITB Berlin is a long-standing partner of the Online Innovation Days, which will be held by Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. (VIR) on 25 and 26 June 2019 – The event will be held in German – The deadline for entering the Sprungbrett Innovators’ Competit

    ITB Berlin is a long-standing partner of the Online Innovation Days, which will be held by Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. (VIR) on 25 and 26 June 2019 – The event will be held in German – The deadline for entering the Sprungbrett Innovators’ Competition is 15 April 2019

    The meeting place of the who’s who of the digital tourism industry – at this year’s Online Innovation Days the theme focus of Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. (VIR) is on ‘Sustainability in Tourism’. In addition to the final round of the ‘Sprungbrett’ competition for travel startups, the programme on day one will feature the subject of ’Corporate Venturing’, with workshops and lectures looking at partnerships between established companies and startups. On day two, lectures, forums and discussions will provide expert knowledge on this year’s key topic: ‘Sustainability’. The leading event of the online travel industry will take place on 25 and 26 June at the Marshall Haus at Messe Berlin. As in every year ITB Berlin is a partner of the event.

    Don’t miss the deadline! A great opportunity for travel startups

    Once again, the Sprungbrett Innovators’ Competition will kick off the two-day industry event. The final round features five startups who will deliver a pitch in front of an audience of 300 industry experts in a bid to win the title. The winner will take home a prize package worth more than 35,000 euros. It includes 5,000 euros in prize money from HRS, a press conference or trade fair stand at ITB Berlin 2020, free one-year membership of the VIR and free one-year membership for two of the...

  • Democracy needs inclusiveness

    8th Conference on Barrier-free Tourism at ITB Berlin

    Jürgen Dusel, the federal government commissioner for matters relating to persons with disabilities, plays with the trade show’s names. According to the lawyer and politician, who has impaired eyesight, ITB Berlin 2019 is an “inclusive tourism trade show or a barrier-free, international tourism trade show.“ The slogan of his tenure is “Democracy needs inclusiveness”. In his view inclusiveness means everyone in this society sharing responsibility. There was a deeper, social dimension to accessibility, he said. Jürgen Dusel “is deeply convinced that these are the two sides to the same coin.“ The question was not whether, but how to ensure accessibility. That was “a fundamental decision on the part of our society“, said Jürgen Dusel. “I repeat, we want to live in a country where everyone is treated equally and has equal opportunities.“ Accessibility is an essential part of that. “It is above all the responsibility of the state to ensure that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is respected in practice“, the lawyer said. He called for “inclusiveness to become an accepted standard. Accessibility should be as much a sign of quality as sustainability.“ The same thing applied to travel services, he added. “Accessibility has to be a part of them in order to do inclusiveness justice“, said Jürgen Dusel. “Only then can there be ‘Tourism for All’.“

    This was not something that could be achieved by the by, he said. “It needs expertise to ensure accessibility from the start“, said the government commissioner for matters relating to persons with disabilities. In Germany there are nine million people with severe disabilities, as well as those with 30 to 40 per cent disabilities, that makes 13 million. “They form part of a...

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