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  • People from all walks of life always express their fascination for sky’s celestial bodies. Whether by day or night, we especially wonder about the most notorious ones: the Sun and Moon, both rulers of Earth’s life rhythm, and the dazzling stars beyond. Since time’s beginning, the universe had been wondered and studied by ancient civilizations that had embedded it in their daily personal and working lives, believes and traditions. For example, when shooting stars are seen, three wishes are traditionally made; on the event of an eclipse, fear was experienced and myths were created.  These objects in the firmament also inspired philosophers, poets and writers. From former times until today, scientists tried and still try to unravel the mysteries of the universe, let alone especially those of our solar system. The development of these minds to pursue the truths arising from their observations are defined by the disciplines known by us today as astronomy, astrology, astrophysics, astrometry − and the special places for their practices such as observatories, planetariums and artificial satellites.

    However, the vast universe is not just limited to our sun and moon, but to a plethora of stars, comets, planets, satellites, constellations and other bodies of the outer space, which we could mainly admire during the twilights and deep dark skies even with naked eyes. The sky no longer is the limit and we don’t need to be astronomers to wonder the vast universe.

    In regards to travel and tourism, the sky is “all inclusive” while realizing outdoor activities or just chilling out outside at night. The observation of the skies brings people together as group or individuals with same interest, be it amateurs or professionals of this field. It creates a tourism niche well-known as astronomical tourism ...

  • Botswana impresses with huge bio-diversity and wildlife nature reserves

    A true nature paradise awaits travellers visiting Botswana. The partner country of ITB Berlin 2017 Is among the African states that can boast the most impressive wilderness and wildlife nature reserves. 38 per cent of Botswana's total land area contains national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas, which for the most part are unfenced, allowing animals to roam wild and free.

    Botswana can proudly describe itself as one of the last big treasure troves on the planet. Thus the Okavango Delta is one of the world's largest pristine inland delta regions. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the world's second largest wildlife reserve, gives visitors an idea of how unimaginably vast this country is. In the north-east of the Kalahari lies the uninhabited Makgadikgadi Pan, an area almost the size of Portugal, and in the Chobe National Park travellers can experience Botswana's hugely diverse wildlife.

    Botswana is also an important sanctuary for many endangered birds and mammals, including the African wild dog, cheetah, brown hyena, Cape vulture and kori bustard. Safari travellers can look out for them as well as other wild animals and observe them in their natural habitat. When an event-packed day finally comes to an end visitors can enjoy a breathtaking sunset and a night-time sky full of stars.

  • ITB Berlin is pleased to announce its co-branded India show, Bharat International Tourism Bazaar,  the first pure outbound show for the Indian market , to be held in New Delhi from 3rd to 6th October, 2016. It is an alliance that focusses on the Power of the Indian Traveller, and the show will be organized by Cross Section Media, the country's first mover in B2B travel marts, initiated over twenty years ago. 

    Destination India is happening, with a growth in GDP of over 7.5%, a growth that is widely expected to continue for some years. Its travel and tourism is showing impressive gains - the first quarter of 2016 registered the fastest growth in air travel globally. Indian domestic air travel is expected to exceed 100 million movements, outbound exceeded 18 million last year, growing almost 15 to 20% year on year.

    The Indian market is eager to acquire new products and new destinations - BITB is the perfect platform for both old and new entrants into the Indian Outbound.

    BITB will bring new streams of business, such as online and technology in travel, weddings, MICE, Luxury, and other niche segments, with corresponding buyers - these are the segments that are presently driving Indian travel and tourism. Traditional segments will also bring exhibitors and these would include cities and states, destinations, airlines and airports and hospitality. Big tickets partners will host strong accompanying conferences that will bring some of the finest thought leaders in these businesses.

    BITB promises to be B2B with a difference, and is expected to bring over 12,000 attendees, comprising industry and government, from within India and around the world.

    For more information on how to make the best of the growing Indian market, visit

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