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Asia remains the largest tourism growth market

10/17/2019
Asian outbound travel grows by six per cent – International trips within Asia a significant growth driver – City breaks report highest growth – ITB to present the latest findings of the IPK World Travel Monitor® exclusively at ITB Asia 2019 Trips abroad from Asia are continuing to increase. After surging by seven per cent in 2018, during the first eight months of 2019 they rose by a further six per cent. This is in part due to international trips within Asia, which are a significant growth driver. Despite an anticipated decline in year-on-year growth, the prospects for 2020 remain good. These are the findings of the first trend analysis of the World Travel Monitor®, to be presented by IPK International at this year’s ITB Asia (16 - 18 October) in Singapore. The report was commissioned by ITB Berlin. The World Travel Monitor® is based on the results of representative interviews with more than 500,000 people in over 60 global travel markets. It has been compiled for more than 20 years and is recognised as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends. Growth in Asia’s outbound travel market exceeds global average According to the World Travel Monitor®, between January and August 2019 outbound travel from Asia rose by six per cent, once again making Asia the biggest growth driver in the international tourism market. ”Growth in Asia’s foreign travel market continues to exceed the global average, which during the first eight months of the year was only four per cent“, said Julia Mühlberger, marketing consultant, IPK International, at ITB Asia 2019. A closer look at the latest figures shows a further upward trend in trips to destinations within Asia. During the first eight months of 2019, for the first time foreign trips within Asia accounted for nearly 80 per cent of the market. During the same period European countries registered a slight increase in travellers from Asia. At 15 per cent, they occupied a sound share of the market. In contrast, America’s popularity with Asian travellers fell for the third year running. The country now accounts for only eight per cent of the market. Per trip, Asian travellers spend considerably more than other nationalities, despite shorter stays. According to the World Travel Monitor®, Asians stayed for an average of 5.9 nights on outbound trips. This was a slight increase over last year’s figure (5.6 overnights). However, the figure was much lower than the global average (eight nights). Despite this, at 1,570 euros per trip spending by Asians abroad during the first eight months of 2019 significantly exceeded the global average (1,280 euros). City breaks are booming. Round trips have recovered slightly. Among Asians, city breaks remain by far the most popular form of outbound travel. They recorded the highest increase, as in the year before, and between January and August 2019 grew by a further nine per cent, occupying 35 per cent of the market. Following a downturn last year, round trips recovered. Asia’s second largest holiday market grew slightly by three per cent and accounted a market share of 24 per cent. Beach holidays continued the previous year’s upward trend, rising by 6 per cent and occupying 21 per cent of the market. Rising MICE segment Asia’s growing economy is having a positive impact on the business travel market. From January to August 2019, 17 per cent of Asians travelling abroad were on business / MICE trips, which compared to the previous year was an above-average increase of eight per cent. The MICE segment, with incentive travel and trips to trade fairs, was largely responsible for this growth, whereas traditional business trips were in decline. Travel agencies continue to play an important role While Asians continue to rely heavily on the internet for information and bookings, nearly 50 per cent of Asian travellers still attach great importance to the personal advice offered by travel agencies. Furthermore, they make much greater use of this individual service than the global average. The World Travel Monitor® shows that during the first eight months of 2019 85 per cent of Asian outbound travellers booked over the internet but also 40 per cent at travel agencies. ”Asia is playing an increasingly important role on the world’s tourism markets, as the World Travel Monitor® impressively shows. Together with ITB Asia in Singapore, ITB China and ITB India we are making our presence felt on the strongest growth markets, so that we are always in touch with this extremely dynamic travel market“, said Dr. Martin Buck, Senior Vice President, Travel & Logistics at Messe Berlin . Slower growth expected in 2020 According to IPK International, in 2020 outbound travels by Asians will grow by five per cent, outpacing the forecasted global trend. Against the backdrop of global economic developments, the experts anticipate slightly lower growth rates for next year. These forecasts are based on the findings of the “World Travel Confidence Index” of IPK International, which as part of World Travel Monitor® polls people’s travel intentions for the next 12 months. Additional information on specific topics based on World Travel Monitor® data from IPK International will be published soon by ITB Berlin. Conclusive travel trend findings for 2019 will also be presented by the end of the year. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the findings of the World Travel Monitor® for 2019 at the ITB Future Day during the ITB Berlin Convention as well as forecasts for 2020. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.com/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . 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ITB Book Awards for the travel calendars "Iceland 2020" and "Canada 2020 - Between Rivers and Forests"

09/26/2019
Awards ceremony on 6 March 2020 at 4 p.m. at the Palais am Funkturm, Messe Berlin Every year, the annual ITB Book Awards recognise the latest and most interesting publications from Germany and abroad, mainly in German, but also in German translation. In the run-up to ITB Berlin Michael Poliza’s wall calendar ’Iceland 2020’ (Delius Klasing Verlag) was picked for the travel calendar award. ”The unique natural landscape of this island in the North Atlantic with its high mountains, deep craters, waterfalls, moonscapes and rising vapours is a fascinating experience for buyers of this wall calendar. As with his mighty volume ‘Iceland’, co-published with Christian Krug by Delius Klasing, Michael Poliza, a leading international photographer, succeeds in capturing every impressive facet of the island in a large format“, was how the jury commented its choice. Together with other prizes to be handed out by the jury, the Calendar Awards will be presented on Friday, 06 March at 4 p.m. at the Palais am Funkturm, Messe Berlin at ITB Berlin, the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. The ITB Book Awards also honoured another magnificent calendar in the category ’Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour 2020 – Canada’. The jury picked the wall calendar ’Canada 2020 – Between Rivers and Forests’ published by Ackermann Kunstverlag and explained its decision thus: ”It shows the vast expanse of the Canadian wild with its crystal-clear lakes, rivers and spectacular mountain ranges. This wall calendar presents the pristine natural landscape of the world’s second-largest country in every imaginable colour. It is a place one longs to be.“ The Calendar Awards will be presented in October 2020 at the ceremony for the ‘Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour’ winners at the pavilion of the guest nation at the Frankfurt Book Fair . The aim of the ITB Book Awards is to focus attention beyond national borders on the broad spectrum of important travel and tourism publications. ITB Berlin is collaborating with Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels. At the Frankfurt Book Fair the jury of the ITB Book Awards will also honour travel publications in the category ’Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour'. The ITB Book Awards do not confer money prizes. Press contacts Press releases and images: Delius Klasing Verlag, Christian Ludewig, c.ludewig@delius-klasing.de Press releases and images: Ackermann Kunstverlag, Carmen Kussian, kussian@ackermann-kalender.de Press & Public Relations, Frankfurt Book Fair Katja Böhne, Management, Marketing & Communications, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-138, press@book-fair.com Kathrin Grün, Communications Director, tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-170, gruen@book-fair.com Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V. Thomas Koch, Press & Public Relations Director, tel.: +49 (0) 69 1306-293, t.koch@boev.de Documentation of the ITB Book Awards: www.bit.ly/2lIMdmA About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.com/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB Berlin 2020: eTravel World announces call for papers

09/05/2019
The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show is looking for experts to hold Travel Technology papers. The deadline is 31 October 2019. At the next ITB Berlin, travel technology experts can look forward to first-class audiences again. The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show is looking for papers on trendsetting digital solutions in tourism, to be held at the eTravel World from 4 to 7 March 2020. Candidates have time until 31 October 2019 to apply for one of the coveted speaker slots. As part of the ITB Berlin Convention and with over 10,000 visitors, the eTravel World represents one of the world’s largest travel tech events. ITB Berlin is inviting applicants to submit panel and lecture topics which clearly reference best practices, field reports and lessons learned in digital marketing, eCommerce, data, social media, content as well as tech trends and innovations. Topics can also address the weak points of new technologies as well as current phenomena such as diversity in AI design and overtourism. How can self-teaching systems be improved? What steps can be taken to address the growing number of customers making mobile bookings and those using traditional channels? What intelligent solutions are there for mass tourism? Following last year’s successful debut of Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA), ITB Berlin 2020 is providing a big stage for this rapidly expanding market segment. Experts are invited to submit panel and lecture topics for the TTA Forum on Wednesday, 4 March 2020. These can dwell on case studies or niche areas such as events and festivals. Other topics can include a look ahead to the future of in-destination services against the backdrop of the growing trend towards mobile tour bookings, or marketing and distribution strategies. On Thursday, 5 March 2020 at the 3rd Hospitality Tech Forum, the focus will be on hospitality industry topics. Sessions will take place under the following headings: Direct bookings vs. online portals/OTAs; Revenue management; Trends in the distribution landscape; Smart hotels; Successes and problems from a hotelier’s perspective. At the eTravel World startups and investors will also have an opportunity to present their innovations and ideas to an international audience of experts. Submissions are invited for the daily eTravel Start-up track. Topic headings will include Business development: recommendations for startups; Financing and exit strategies; Recruiting; Solutions and/or concepts for current tourism industry challenges such as sustainability and overtourism. Preference will be given to presentations which also report on trial and error experiences. For information on the call for papers and in order to apply please visit: https://www.itb-berlin.de/en/ITBBerlin/DestinationsSegments/ETravelWorld/ Candidates have time until 31 October 2019 to submit their entries using the online form to: etravel@itb-berlin.de . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 7 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com, www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.com/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

In an open-air setting, films about the urge to travel – ITB launches first Travel Film Night

08/27/2019
On 3 September the Travel Film Night by ITB Berlin is premiering at the open-air cinema at Volkspark Rehberge – Tickets are available online and at the box office –  Moviegoers can look forward to competitions and attractive prizes Curtain up for the urge to travel: with the Travel Film Night by ITB, the world’s leading travel trade show is celebrating a movie premiere. “On the path of hidden gems” on the evening of 3 September features travel videos made by enthusiastic travelholics and aimed at like-minded people. This cinematic event is taking place outdoors at Berlin’s popular Rehberge open-air cinema. The event starts at 8 p.m. – doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in advance and at the evening box office. In addition to a programme of shorts, moviegoers can look forward to attractive travel prizes at this open-air event. Audiences can look forward to movie enjoyment in relaxed surroundings. Various different travel shorts have been submitted by numerous globetrotters – with everything from adventures in the most sensational destinations and pristine locations to emotive travel stories, documentaries and reports on sustainable projects. Film highlights include a documentary on travelling across Asia with a baby, a wildlife encounter away from mainstream safari tourism, and exploring impressive canyon landscapes in Oman. Despite all their diversity these videos do have one thing in common: they stir up a desire in the viewer to discover unusual places, both far away and close to home. To make them accessible to an international audience, all the movies have either been shot in English or are subtitled. Lastly, visitors can look forward to a competition, with a chance to win attractive prizes – including vouchers for 25 Hours Hotels, Secret Escapes, the car sharing company Miles Mobility, the Rehberge open-air cinema and the Berlin Travel Festival, the partner event taking place again in March 2020 in Berlin. Tickets costing 12 euros are available online at https://www.eventbrite.de/e/travel-film-night-by-itb-tickets-66318082169 .Anyone who decides to attend on the spur of the moment can obtain tickets for 15 euros at the evening box office. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.com/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

Where is Paradise? Berlin Travel Festival announces the theme of the next event and opens exhibitor registration

06/04/2019
The partner event of ITB Berlin is now in its third year – Attractive rates for exhibitors who register by 30 June 2019 Following the success of the two previous events, from 6 to 8 March 2020 the Berlin Travel Festival will be taking place for the third time, thus bringing a new generation of travellers together with new forms of travel. As the partner event of ITB Berlin this innovative format will augment the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show on three consecutive days in the heart of the Berlin district of Kreuzberg. In particular, it targets audiences versed in social media and eager for adventure. The event will be held at Arena Berlin again and will attract exhibitors, change-makers, brands, creatives, influencers and industry insiders alike. The organisers’ theme focus is on the individual’s search for paradise. Exhibitors who register by 30 June can take advantage of attractive rates. Taking as its main theme ‘Where is paradise?’, the festival will underline its pioneering role in promoting mindful, sustainable and responsible travel. The main focus is that if ‘paradise’ is to be more than a mere sales argument then both providers and customers must take a hard look at how, where and why people travel, and replace quick deals and out-and-out consumerism with social responsibility and ecological awareness as well as becoming involved at local level. Speakers and exhibitors will also examine this topic in detail. Exhibitors can register now Exhibitors can register now for the forthcoming Berlin Travel Festival in March 2020. The event targets destinations, tour operators, publications, accommodation, equipment and clothing suppliers, transportation companies and start-ups. For more details about exhibitors: www.berlintravelfestival.com/for-exhibitors/ Register early and benefit from attractive rates Exhibitors who register by 30 June 2019 can take advantage of a ten per cent discount on stand fees. Regular exhibitors can benefit from a 15 per cent discount providing they register by 30 June 2019. NGOs and non-profit organisations will again receive 50 per cent discounts. To register please visit: www.berlintravelfestival.com/register/ . Last March, more than 130 national and international exhibitors were represented at the Berlin Travel Festival. In praising the event they said it was “professionally curated”, “not typical for a fair”, “a completely new experience”, and emphasised its disruptive conceptual approach. The festival featured a programme of stage events that combined lectures, workshops, master classes and film screenings. Exhibitors were delighted that some 11,000 visitors attended the event, who they said were open-minded, interested in sustainable travel, eager for adventure, and not least very knowledgeable on the subject. About the Berlin Travel Festival The Berlin Travel Festival is a globally unique format with a focus on new visions for travel. The three-day event presents what travelling means in today’s world – from how travel arrangements are made to how people capture and share their experiences. As an event targeting a new generation of travellers the Berlin Travel Festival is committed to innovative, sustainable concepts and a better future together. Ecological and social responsibility is a key element of the festival’s philosophy. The festival embraces a new awareness in the travel and tourism sector and regards it as its task to promote a dialogue and discussions with experts, brands and travellers. The Berlin Travel Festival is organised by I LOVE TRAVEL GmbH in partnership with ITB Berlin and will take place from 6 to 8. March 2020 at Arena Berlin: www.berlintravelfestival.com . Venue ARENA BERLIN Eichenstraße 4 12435 Berlin Dates 6 - 8 March 2020 Opening times 6 March 2020; 12 noon - 7 p.m. 7- 8 March 2020; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Registration deadline for exhibitors 15 November 2020 Sales contact sales@berlintravelfestival.com +49 30 629 01 577 About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.com/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .