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  • Stephen Assimwe, CEO Uganda Tourism Board

    Tourism brings the world together rather than apart

    Which news am I bringing to ITB?

    Since last May we are pushing tourism forward again to regain our position within Africa as premier safari destination. We just have been named as must visit destination by National Geographic and hope that many traveller will follow this advice. Our country hosts the largest mountain Gorilla population with 440 primates and the very good news is that the population is slowly growing again. We just had five gorilla babies born since Sep last year.

    What do I expect from ITB?

    I am thrilled to discuss and hear more about the increasing digitalization, the mix of on- and off-line marketing activities, how we address the , the world-wide security problem, new consumption trends, adaptation to climate change. But also to hear about the needs of our partners to push Uganda and in getting their feedback to sell our destination.

    What is my main topic at ITB?

    For us it’s definitely about conservation- what has been achieved in Uganda and to share our successes especially for our Mountain Gorillas which is indeed a once in a lifetime experience and is on the bucket list of many people around the world.

    What do I personally like about ITB?

    To meet all these wonderful people working in tourism. Our branches is really about sharing and not fighting. Tourism brings the world together rather than apart and especially in this times this message is an important one. I also look forward to meeting a lot of friends around the world who come here to ITB.  

    What is important for me at ITB fair?

    I want to share our commitment to promoting Uganda as a world class travel destination again and reassure partner to invest in our destination. In 2017, our major...

  • vermittelt Ferienunterkünfte in der Toskana, bei der Herrchen und Hund entspannt gemeinsam Urlaub machen

    When conversation turns to Tuscany, endless fields of lavender, olive groves, picturesque vineyards and ancient castle ruins spring to mind – in short: holidays to satisfy all the senses. If, during the conversation, one cautiously asks if dogs are welcome, quite often the answer is “Yes”: "I cani sono benvenuti."

    Plenty of things to do for dog lovers

    For a dog-owning family it is often hard to imagine the nicest time of the year without their four-legged companion. "Tuscany has everything to warm the heart of dog lovers: a landscape full of paths and woods as well as miles of beaches", says Elisa Santoni who, via the internet site, exclusively advertises holiday homes, apartments, villas and hotels that also welcome dogs. A Tuscan by birth, she knows all the holiday residences she offers, maintains close contact with the landlords and can be reached on +49 (0)89-12392998 to help with choosing accommodation. Furthermore, the website offers dog lovers plenty of useful tips for organising their holiday, information on activities with dogs and a list of beaches in Tuscany where dogs are welcome, recognisable by the sign “Spiaggia per cani”.

    The best time to holiday with dogs

    The journey to Tuscany by car is easy and not overly stressful for dogs. However, summer in central Italy is generally sunny and dry, and away from the coasts temperatures can sometimes reach 38 to 40 degrees centigrade. "For dog owners the best time to visit Tuscany is off-season", is Elisa Santoni’s advice. "It is still nice and warm, and long tours of Tuscany’s small towns and the beautiful landscape are much less stressful for one’s four-legged companions." Travelling in the spring or autumn has another advantage: the ban that generally applies...

  • David Ruetz, Head of ITB Berlin

    This ITB Berlin is really decisive

    For me ITB Berlin is this sector’s biggest family meeting. We are all motivated by a desire for personal encounters, for authenticity and honesty. As an open market place we bring supply and demand together. I am repeatedly impressed by the solidarity that is in evidence here. All countries and operators, including those stricken by crises, are welcome here, and all of them will be treated with respect. In tourism terms, and geopolitically, everyone is living in very uncertain times. We therefore need inspiration and contact, in order to be able to face the future with hope. This ITB Berlin is really decisive – get the facts here, and be inspired.

    The character of the innovations has changed, and nowadays they tend to be apparent more in the processes than in the products of the travel industry. ITB Berlin has expanded along with the destinations, and today experts congregate here from all over the world and from the entire added value chain of tourism. Our main task is to take some of the complexity out of the world’s largest travel trade fair, and to reveal the phenomena that can be seen in the tourism firmament. Travel Technology 4.0, security and the paradigm change in luxury travel are for me the brightest stars. This is where experts assemble in person, to an extent never seen at any other venue. Make the most of ITB Berlin 2017, because you cannot shake hands over the internet.

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