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ITB Career Center: Find the job of your dreams at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show

02/14/2019
ITB Berlin brings together job seekers and tourism personnel managers – Leading experts at the Young Professionals Day with tips on how to plan careers – Free individual career advice and application form checks Berlin, 14 February 2019 – ITB Berlin is the place to launch a future career: from 6 to 10 March students, young professionals, qualified tourism professionals and newcomers visiting the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show can obtain qualified advice on tourism career and training opportunities at the ITB Career Center in Hall 11.1. Job seekers can make direct contact with the personnel managers of tourism companies and personally get to know prospective employers. Around 30 national and international universities, technical colleges, professional academies and other service providers will be presenting their courses and advanced training. Young professionals can also take advantage of the individual career advice on offer from the Federal Employment agency as well as free application form checks. Interested visitors can find out about the tourism job market and its opportunities from experts during the four-day programme of stage events as well as at the Young Professionals Day at the ITB Berlin Convention. They can also find out about a possible travel industry career from the ITB Job Wall which has over 200 job vacancies. A large number of potential employers will be attending ITB Berlin. FTI Touristik, Leonardo Hotels and Sixt Jobworld will be represented with their own stand on all five days of the event, while the Federal Employment Agency, the exclusive partner of the ITB Career Center, is organising a recruiting area where different companies will be represented on each day. Companies taking part will include AccorHotels Germany, Adina Apartment Hotels, Ahorn Hotels & Resorts, AIDA Cruises, Derag Livinghotels, Enterprise Autovermietung, EURES European Employment Services, Fair Job Hotels, Flyline, Flixbus, Hamburg Cruise Net, Seachefs, travelzoo, Viking Cruises and ZAV Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung. A list of the exhibitors taking part each day can be found at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Visitors/CareerCenter/ . “Every year, the ITB Career Center gives newcomers, specialists and executives an opportunity to have personal meetings with different employers from the tourism and hotel industry. Expert colleagues representing the career advisory service, the International Placement Service, the EURopean Employment Services (EURES), the Austrian Employment Market Service, as well as contacts representing the project ’MeerArbeit - Jobperspektive Kreuzfahrt‘ will also be on hand“, said André Nickel, who is responsible for hotel and restaurant job placements at the employment agency in Suhl , adding that, “anyone looking to start their careers or change their job in this industry should not miss this opportunity. In any case, visitors to the ITB Career Center will be well advised to bring job their application forms and qualifications along. This year, styling specialists and photographers will be making applicants appear in a positive light with our ’cheese and click‘ service. We are offering photos by professionals for job applications which visitors can take home free of charge. Finally, we will check their application forms and together with the applicants ensure that they are up to date.“ The stage is set for the Company Slam, Elevator Pitch and ITB Young Professionals Day The stage at the ITB Career Center is where newcomers to the global travel industry can get valuable advice for planning their careers. In addition to tips on how to get started and business etiquette, potential employers will be holding creative presentations at the Company Slam. At the Elevator Pitch universities will give an introduction to their academic services with brief lectures. On Wednesday, 6 March at the ITB Berlin Convention, the focus of the stage events will be on the ITB Young Professionals Day. In keynote speeches, interviews and at panel discussions, senior decision-makers from the tourism industry will offer an insight into the working world of the travel sector. Sören Hartmann, CEO of DER Touristik Group and board member of the REWE Group, will be drawing on long years of experience when he talks about opportunities in tourism and the key to success in an industry that is facing major change. Under the heading of ’Travel agencies as a point of entry’ Thomas Bösl, managing director of Raiffeisen-Tours RT-Reisen GmbH, will talk about how travel sales can be the cornerstone of successful careers and lucrative business models. Markus Heller, managing director of Dr. Fried und Partner, will talk about mega industry trends and highlight their impact on the travel industry. Afterwards, Ingo Lies, founder and managing director of the Berlin-based tour operator Chamäleon Reisen, will talk about motivation and emotive appeal in the business environment. The Young Professionals Day will be rounded off with the annual presentation of the DGT Science Award. Together with ITB Berlin, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tourismuswissenschaft will be honouring outstanding papers in the categories Best Dissertation, Best Newcomer Paper, Best Paper on Sustainability in Tourism and Best Paper on Digitalisation in Tourism. Full details of the programme of the ITB Young Professionals Day can be found on the website of the ITB Berlin Convention at www.itb-kongress.de/en/ITBBerlinConvention/Program/index.jsp . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 . You may obtain your accreditation for ITB Berlin 2019 online at www.itb-berlin.com/Press/Accreditation/ . 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 Convention looks at the future of travel

02/13/2019
Big names and leading international companies focus on forward-looking transportation systems and the shift in customer demands in the luxury travel market – Presentation of the latest results of an exclusive international report by Travelzoo and ITB Berlin – For exhibitors, trade visitors and the media admission to the ITB Berlin Convention 2019 from 6 to 9 March is included in the price of a ticket Berlin, 13 February 2019 – Besides escalating overtourism conflicts and the impending climate catastrophe, changing transportation systems and the shift in customer demands will be the key topics at the ITB Berlin Convention from 6 to 9 March 2019. This year, the leading think tank of the global travel industry is presenting an outstanding program again. More than 400 leading speakers representing tourism, business and politics will be taking part in discussions at a total of 200 events. They include First Lady of Iceland and United Nations Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals Eliza Jean Reid , Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism the Hon. María Amalia Revelo Raventós , Member of the German Bundestag and Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and Federal Government Tourism Officer Thomas Bareiß , President of the ifo Institute Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Clemens Fuest , President of Homes Airbnb Greg W. Greeley , CEO Expedia Mark Okerstrom , Head of Alibaba Europe Terry von Bibra , and President of the Alibaba Global Business Group and Alibaba Fliggy Group Angel Zhao . Mobility: a new era has arrived Transportation systems are an essential part of the tourism industry. But can today’s systems take on the future? On Wednesday, 6 March 2019, day one of the ITB Destination Days, movers from the world of innovative transport will examine this topic at the ’Future Ground Mobility Panel’. Wolfram Auer , Deputy Director International Business Development Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH, Stephan Pfeiffer , head of Strategic Partnerships & Public Affairs, ioki (Deutsche Bahn), and Christoph Weigler , director general of Uber Germany, will discuss the major changes taking place in transportation with a view to concepts such as driverless vehicles, ride-sharing business models, mobility platforms, electric powertrains, minibuses, bikes for hire, cable cars and other modes of transport. They will also highlight measures for promoting tourist attractions which cities and rural areas could implement now in order to meet the challenges of the future. ’Future Ground Mobility’ will be the focus of the ITB Ministers' Roundtable as well. Tourism ministers from leading travel destinations, such as Egypt, Costa Rica, Greece, Kenya, Namibia or Sambia will talk about the major transport problems increasingly affecting countries and ways to improve the travel experience. Shift in customer demands in the luxury travel market A paradigm shift is taking place in the tourism industry. Customers in the luxury market are now less interested in material wealth and more in non-material values. Nowadays, space, time, seclusion and self-expression are important to them, as well as experience instead of adventure. Today’s luxury market customers are looking for meaning and sense. On 7 March 2019 on Marketing & Distribution Day at the ITB New Luxury Panel, together with Prof. Dr. Monika Imschloß , an expert on sensory marketing, Universität zu Köln, and the starred chef David Kikillus , Marc Aeberhard , the proprietor of Luxury Hotel & Spa Management Ltd., will discuss how changing customer demands are influencing hotel and tourism services and the shape that luxury products will take in the future. Afterwards, the internationally renowned travel correspondent Doug Lansky will reveal an insider’s view of global concierge and butler services. In his introductory speech on the ’Personality profiles of luxury customers’ he will reveal the travel needs of high-end luxury customers, the experiences they ultimately desire, and how to communicate with them. On 7 March 2019 the ITB Hospitality Tech Forum will also be discussing the shift in customer demands. In his lecture entitled ’Beyond Unconventional: Keeping up with the Tent Next Door’, Adam Harris , CEO of Cloudbeds, will talk about how the market is changing. More and more tourists will be attracted to unusual forms of accommodation rather than luxury hotels. Rediscovering the art of travel is the subject of a speech that Ilija Trojanow will hold. On 8 March 2019, day two of the ITB Destination Days, the renowned writer, bestselling author and ITB Book Award winner 2019 will hold a keynote on ’How to travel. A user’s guide’, and offer answers to these questions: ”What do we look for when we travel to other countries?”, “How many new things do we want to discover?”, and “How much are we willing to change?” Results of the exclusive Overtourism Report by Travelzoo and ITB Berlin As in every year the results of the market survey carried out by Travelzoo and ITB Berlin will be presented at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. The international portal for exclusive travel deals was commissioned by ITB Berlin to examine perceptions of overtourism, a topic which to date has received little attention. The report looked at which tourist groups and nationalities thought overcrowded destinations gave a particularly negative impression, what they would do to avoid the problem, and what action they expected travel operators and destinations to take. The global survey provides in-depth information and is an important decision-making tool for industry managers in order to confront one of the biggest challenges facing the international tourism industry, now and in the future. Sharry Sun , Global Head of Brand, Travelzoo, will present the exclusive report at the Deep Dive Session 1 at the City Cube Club on 6 March 2019 at 1 p.m. On Thursday 7 March, on the eve of International Women's Day, an ITB Berlin Convention seminar on gender equality in tourism will take place at the Palais am Funkturm at 1 p.m., which will also present the second Global Report on Women in Tourism by UNWTO. This will be followed by the presentation of the Celebrating Her Awards by the International Institute for Peace in Tourism, which honours outstanding achievements by women. International Women's Day is not the only occasion on which prominent women will be having their say at ITB Berlin. On 7 March at the ITB Tourism for Sustainable Development Day, Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter , a member of the German Bundestag and Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety, will talk about ’German Outbound Travel has Impact! What Responsibilities is the German Government bearing?’ On 8 March, which is CSR Day, at a discussion round under the heading ’A tidal wave of plastic – Ocean pollution and the UN Sustainable Development Goals’, three women will host the debate: Dr. Frauke Fischer , founder of Agentur auf! and an author, consultant and technical expert on sustainability; Dr. Monika Griefahn , senior sustainability advisor, Costa Group, a founding member of Greenpeace and former minister; and Joanne Hendricks , formerly global sustainable destinations manager, Thomas Cook Group and founder of Travel Without Plastic. New: ITB Berlin Convention at the CityCube In future, the ITB Berlin Convention will take place at the CityCube, the multi-purpose congress and trade fair venue. That means more room for events, improved access and better transport links. Visitors to the CityCube will be directly next door to the fair halls and only a short distance from light rail public transport (S-Bahn) at Messe Süd. For trade visitors and exhibitors at the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is included in a ticket to ITB. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. The World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) is Co-Host of the ITB Berlin Convention, Ctrip, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and mc Group are Platinum Sponsors, CLIA - Cruise Lines International Association and Jin Jiang International Hotels Group are Gold Sponsors and euronews is Official Media Partner of the ITB Berlin Convention. 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 . You may obtain your accreditation for ITB Berlin 2019 online at www.itb-berlin.com/Press/Accreditation/ . 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 .

Youth Travel at ITB Berlin: Explore the world, learn languages, find new friends

02/06/2019
In Hall 4.1 Youth Travel exhibitors can get information on school trips, language study trips and holiday travel – Youth Incoming Germany (YIG) breathes life into the youth travel market – China’s youth travel market is growing – Focus on sustainability at the ITB open days Berlin, 6 February 2019 – The future belongs to youth travel: the New Horizons Report III of the WYSE Travel Confederation forecasts a 59 per cent increase in the market over the next ten years, proving that the younger generation travels farther, stays longer and is more interconnected than ever before. From 6 to 10 March at ITB Berlin, trade visitors and the general public can get a comprehensive overview of the latest youth travel services on offer. In Hall 4.1 some 40 exhibitors, including backpacker, budget and designer hotels, youth hostels, internet portals and associations, as well as organisers of language study trips and youth travel will be presenting their products. For the first time Italy, represented by Tuscany, and the newly established Federal Association of School Trip Organisers will be presenting their tailormade programmes for young travellers in the Youth Travel & Economy Accommodation segment at the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show. Specialist information – from digitalisation to school trips From 6 to 8 March a wide-ranging programme focusing on digitalisation, the legal aspects of travelling and school trips awaits visitors to the Youth Incoming Germany Lounge (YIG). On Wednesday, this industry event will open with a newcomer. Carsten Herold, a member of the board, will introduce the newly established Federal Association of Leading School Trip Organisers. Afterwards, five companies will present their business models at anInnovation Forum event moderated by the holiday camp organiser Juvigo. Jugendreisen.digital will present new ideas with its all-in-one solution for the digital transformation, and Bookacamp will showcase innovative digitalisation products ranging from a reservation system to a complete customer communications programme. With its distribution system, the online reservation system bookingkit will highlight a digital infrastructure that networks destinations, travel agencies and sales channels, and supervises them in real time. The Belgian platform KampAdmin will have information on how intelligently automated work processes can help youth camp organisers to save time organising children’s camps. Being ‘offline’ will be the final topic: Camp Breakout is Germany’s first digital detox holiday camp for adults. It will highlight how the market for trips where people converse face-to-face instead of via social media is now developing. On 7 March, the Thursday of ITB, the National Youth Travel Forum will present the latest regulations on ’Youth travel: liability, legal aspects when travelling, domiciliary rights and data protection’. Afterwards, representatives of the travel network German Youth Travel Organisation and the Association of German Language Study Trips (FDSV) will have information on the latest developments concerning uniform standards for youth travel. EYCard Deutschland GmbH will also demonstrate uses for the European Youth Card. The day’s final topic will be ’bullying’. Helden e.V. will highlight how the socio-psychological effects of anti-bullying training can be put to use on school and youth trips. On 8 March, the Friday of this year’s ITB, the ’school trip licence' will once again be a topic. Teachers can get information on various issues to do with school trips: they include legal aspects, safety, travel by coach, as well as teaching away from schools and anti-bullying training. An invitation by Hochschule Bremen to meet and network will round off the day’s events. China’s youth travel market is growing As the world’s new driving force in tourism, China has become important for young people. On Thursday, 7 March, on the Center Stage in Hall 4.1 the subject will be the impact of China’s youth travel market on global tourism. Guoxiang Wu, SVP, International & Corporate Relations, China Southern Airlines, Changle Yang, COO, TUJIA Roland Elter, chief commercial officer, Maritim Hotels, Glen Fu, co-founder and CEO, 54traveler, and David Chapman, director general of the World Youth, Student and Education Travel Confederation, will debate this topic. The event will be moderated by Joseph Wang, chief Commercial officer, TravelDaily China. Items discussed will include how, under the influence of technological change, the travel behaviour of China’s millennials has shifted in terms of what inspires them, how they plan and book trips, how new media platforms such as WeChat, user-generated content (UGC) and live video streaming are influencing them, and how travel operators are taking these changing demands into account to develop products and communicate brands. Workshops touch the nerve of a generation keen on travelling At numerous workshops the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation and other experts exhibiting at the show will examine today’s youth travel market. David Chapman, director general, WYSE Travel Confederation: “The Youth Travel Hall at ITB Berlin will offer a really cool experience and present the main youth travel trends. The workshops of the WYSE Travel Confederation will provide a breath of fresh air for new ideas – from ultra-modern hostel concepts and youth wellness tours to programming a boot camp for up-and-coming digital nomads. In order to be successful in the travel market you have to understand what young travellers want.“ Fair travel for YOUth on the open weekend for the public Just like adventure holidays, sustainable travel is becoming more and more important for the younger generation. For the YIG the focus of the weekend will be on sustainable travel for young people and children. Students from Hochschule Bremen will give an entertaining presentation on how people of all ages can travel around Germany with a minimum carbon footprint. For example, they can find out what their actual carbon emissions are whenever they go on holiday. Visitors can also take part in a dancing competition to find out how good they are at partying. After travelling around Germany the participants can look forward to a little surprise. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 . You may obtain your accreditation for ITB Berlin 2019 online at www.itb-berlin.com/Press/Accreditation/ . 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: Travel technology continues to boom

02/04/2019
The eTravel World is attracting more exhibitors than ever – For the first time more than 250 Travel Tech exhibitors in six halls – Lectures, panels and workshops on digital mobility, AI and payment systems – New: HotelCamp – Startup China Panel and a special event on Brexit on Friday, 8 March Berlin, 4 February 2019 – Always one step ahead: at ITB Berlin numerous topical themes and informative examples of best practices await visitors to the eTravel World from 6 to 9 March 2019. Visitors interested in travel technology can find out more in the exclusive area featuring new technologies, digital marketing and social media, the eTravel World in Halls 6.1, 7.1b and 7.1. Companies representing global distribution systems (GDS), tour operator databases, reservation systems, payment systems, travel agency software and calculation programmes will also be displaying their products in Halls 5.1, 8.1 and 10.1. The short distances between all these areas means that interested visitors can gain a quick and easy overview of the entire tech industry. Lectures and workshops at the eTravel Lab and on the eTravel Stage From Wednesday, 6 March to Saturday, 9 March at over 70 sessions, panels and workshops, first-hand knowledge on trendsetting technological solutions will be available from travel technology experts on the eTravel Stage in Hall 6.1 and at the eTravel Lab in Hall 7.1b. At the eTravel Lab payment system specialists will look at how the trend towards online payment solutions is impacting on destinations, tour operators and the hospitality industry. On 6 March Jörg Möller , managing director of Wirecard, will present his best case study showing how integrating payment systems from China leads to sustained increases in sales. Afterwards, Thomas Gmelch , head of Travel & Mobility Amazon Pay, will show how Amazon is optimising payment procedures to make life more convenient for connected travellers. On Wednesday, 6 March, on the eTravel Stage, destination management professionals can get an overview of the progress taking place in digitalisation at destinations. Travel tech companies from Spain will report on their experiences and solutions in a highly competitive market, for example. The session entitled ’When tourists are more of a curse than a blessing’ will highlight the issue of overtourism. In that context and based on actual cases, Kristine Honig , a consultant and network partner at Tourismuszukunft, and Andrea Schneider , an independent marketing communications consultant for tourism professionals, will highlight the influence of social media and how regions and companies can deal with this situation. On Friday, 8 March events at the eTravel Lab will focus on social media, storytelling and community. In her lecture on ’Power of community – now more important than ever before’ Sally Davey , global director of Industry Relations at Tripadvisor, will explain how user-generated content can be used to overcome the challenges in developing tourism.  In the hospitality industry , efficient technology is becoming an increasingly decisive factor for establishing successful business models. A number of sessions will highlight solutions, including how chatbot services can overcome language barriers, how revenue management can improve hotel performance, and how hotels should prepare themselves for the digital revolution in the hotel room. On Thursday afternoon, the 2nd ITB Hospitality Tech Forum is a must for all hotel industry decision-makers, where digitalisation and technologies in the hotel industry will be analysed with regard to AI, distribution and payment systems. International specialists will talk about new trends and developments in guest communications, upselling and hotel revenue management strategies. At various sessions experts will have information on how technical innovations can help to improve marketing systems for tour operators and travel agencies . For example, travel agency staff can find out how AI can be used to recognise customer requests in order to generate more sales. In his lecture on the EU Package Travel Directive, Dennis Zimon , managing director of Passolution, will show that the implementation of the pre-contractual information requirement which has now become a routine part of everyday travel agency and tour operator work also offers numerous opportunities. Startups from around the world take the stage at ITB Berlin On Friday, 8 March, the focus of the eTravel Start-up Day will be on up-and-coming tech companies. Investor panels and discussion rounds moderated by industry experts will be combined with brief startup pitches. At group events on the topics of aviation, mobility, hospitality, travel and booking software, more than two dozen startups will be critically judged by experts. At the same time, startups will be invited to present their products which have won competitions both at home and abroad. Furthermore, this year’s edition of the Start-up China Panel will offer an insight into Asia’s Silicon Valley. New: BarCamp for hotel owners and hotel tech companies On Saturday, 9 March the BarCamp for hotel managers and hotel tech companies will celebrate its debut in Hall 7.1b. At the workshops participants will be able to choose their own topics, develop solutions and exchange practical knowledge. Attendance at the ITB HotelCamp, which is sponsored by the Hospitality Industry Club, is included in the price of a ticket to ITB. Brexit: a nail-biter – daily tips and predictions Brexit is just around the corner. Regardless of the final outcome, upheavals and uncertainty are likely to affect European travel. Thus, on 8 March at 2.30 p.m. at the lab in Hall 7.1b , a special event will take place at the eTravel World at which experts will give their best possible predictions of where the main problems may occur. Under the heading ’Confused by Brexit. Emergency stunts and first aid’, tourist board representatives and travel technology experts will debate the risks of what will happen on 29 March and immediately afterwards. A lively public debate will be welcomed. From 6 to 9 March in Halls 6.1 and 7.1b the eTravel Lounges sponsored by Travelport and the Hospitality Industry Club will provide free networking areas where visitors can meet and hold talks. More information on the eTravel World can be found at www.itb-berlin.com/etravel and on the ITB HotelCamp at www.hospitalityindustry.club/en/hic-hotelcamp-itb/ . The full programme of eTravel World events is updated daily and can be downloaded here . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. The World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) is Co-Host of the ITB Berlin Convention, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is Platinum Sponsor and Jin Jiang International Hotels Group is Gold Sponsor. 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 . You may obtain your accreditation for ITB Berlin 2019 online at www.itb-berlin.com/Press/Accreditation/ . 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 .

Adventure travel and social responsibility at ITB Berlin

01/31/2019
Focus on cherishing and protecting natural and cultural landscapes in Hall 4.1b – 14th Pow-Wow for Tourism Professionals featuring the latest topics and exemplary adventure and eco-travel projects – New exhibitors and the new TTA segment underline the importance of this growing market Berlin, 31 January 2019 - Experts and exhibitors in Hall 4.1b are due to meet at the 14th Pow-Wow for Tourism Professionals at ITB Berlin to discuss socially responsible tourism. From 6 to 8 March exhibitors and partners will present products and services which support ecologically, economically and socially responsible tourism and discuss sustainability and responsibility in tourism. The 14thPow-Wow will be opened by Peter DeBrine, senior project officer, UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism, followed by a cultural event organised by Malaysia, the partner country of this year’s ITB. The slogan of the three-day series of this year’s Pow-Wow events is ’Scenic Roads and Trails – Cherishing Earth’s Natural and Cultural Landscapes’. At this symposium, the only one of its kind worldwide, leading international guest speakers representing every tourism market, business and science will share their findings and experiences on the subject of socially responsible tourism. The wide range of topics will include ecologically responsible adventure travel, culinary travel experiences, technology, climate change, wildlife conservation, astro-tourism, green certification schemes, participatory tourism and geoparks. On Thursday, 7 March, under the heading of ’Delving into the vast realm of Earth’s wildlife’ , day two of the Pow-Wow will examine the issues and challenges arising from wildlife observation in tourism. MyClimate will round off the day’s events with a fascinating panel discussion on climate protection and sustainability. On Friday, 8 March, following its successful debut at ITB Berlin 2018, the second edition of the Cycle Tourism Day will be taking place. The main topic will be ’Gran Fondo towards biodiversity conservation’ . Taking best practices as an example, the Allgemeiner Deutsche Fahrrad-Club (ADFC) will present this topic from the German cycling association’s point of view. Afterwards, international experts will discuss ways in which scenic cycle routes and paths in natural and cultural landscapes can be carefully developed taking ecological aspects into account. This theme day is supported by The European Cycle Route Network, EuroVelo and the ADFC. On Friday evening at 6 p.m., taking place on and around the big stage, the leading international Responsible Tourism Networking Event will conclude the 14thPow-Wow. Everyone involved in sustainable tourism will be invited to briefly introduce themselves to those present. Numerous new exhibitors await adventure seekers Parallel with the expanding market for ecologically, economically and socially responsible tourism, exhibitor numbers in this segment are growing at ITB Berlin. From 6 to 10 March 2019 close to 80 exhibitors from around 30 countries will be presenting their innovations and products in Hall 4.1b. The combined stand of Madagascar: Responsible Travel and Authentic Experiences comprising nine Madagascan tourism organisations which support socially responsible tourism will be represented in this hall for the first time. Also taking part for the first time will be the Plitvice Lakes National Park and Park Krka, national parks from Croatia, and the publisher Deluis Klasing Verlag with its wide range of magazines and travel guides for mountain bikers, cyclists, sailing and surfing enthusiasts, to name only a few. Other first-time exhibitors this year will include WWF Germany and WWF Borneo. For the first time, Brot für die Welt Tourism Watch and the information portal of Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst will be represented on a combined stand together with Studienkreis für Tourismus, ECPAT and The Code, the leading organisation for the protection of children in the tourism industry. As in many previous years, in 2019 the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is a strong partner of ITB Berlin. Chris Doyle, executive director, Europe & Central Asia, ATTA : ”The wealth of invaluable information which we collect annually at ITB Berlin, the positive feedback from members and partners of ATTA who attend, and the growing popularity of our industry gatherings are proof that our long-term commitment has borne fruits. The Adventure Hall attracts our destination partners especially. They are exhibiting there in increasing numbers in order to underline their unique standing and interest customers and journalists in their products.“ Debut for the Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) segment Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) is an important new segment at ITB Berlin. An exhibition and meeting area has been specially created in Hall 4.1b, where major players and minor startups alike can present their innovative products from the world of in-destination services. ”We look forward to being there when the TTA segment makes its debut.“ Chris Doyle from ATTA has been involved in developments from the start. ”By creating the TTA Marketplace and the forum, ITB Berlin has brought fresh ideas to Hall 4.1b and is helping important companies in the tourism industry to make use of the potential that technology offers and find relevant solutions“. He added that in-destination services were key to marketing responsible tourism.   For more information on Hall 4.1b, adventure travel, responsible tourism and the 14th Pow-Wow for Tourism Professionals please contact Mariana McGill: tel. +49 (0) 30 - 7012 3414, email: info@itb-experienceadventure.de . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 . You may obtain your accreditation for ITB Berlin 2019 online at www.itb-berlin.com/Press/Accreditation/ . 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 .

The eTravel World is growing and with the new Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) segment is spanning a bridge to Adventure Travel

01/30/2019
Berlin, 30 January 2019 – The digital transformation is influencing global tourism. For years, Travel Technology and the eTravel World have been the fastest growing segments at ITB Berlin, which is taking place from 6 to 10 March 2019. New technologies, sales platforms and digital marketing are also becoming increasingly important for operators marketing tours and activities. According to Phocuswright, the international travel research institute, tours and activities make up around ten per cent of the global travel market, more than rail travel, car hire and cruises combined. The new Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) segment between Hall 6.1 (eTravel World) and Hall 4.1 (Adventure und Youth Travel) will span a bridge between the themes of travel technology and adventure travel. For the first time TTA has its own platform at ITB Berlin Technology, Tours & Activities is an important segment at ITB Berlin. A special exhibition and meeting area is being set up in Hall 4.1b where major players and smaller startups can present their innovative products from the world of in-destination services. According to Chris Doyle, executive director of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) ,Europe and Central Asia, “a deep understanding of the opportunities, challenges and impact of technology in every form is crucial to the future of tourism. “With the introduction of the TTA Marketplace and the forum, ITB Berlin is placing the spotlight on in-destination services at the right time. Most of the major players are making efforts to master the huge potential that new technology offers and also using it to create solutions. It applies to developing smart destinations, conserving cultural heritage and attractions and much more. We look forward to being able to participate in this introductory programme.“ In addition to technology providers and channel managers the new TTA platform will feature a wide range of discussion rounds and advanced training offers at the ITB Convention. The TTA sessions will kick off with the Keynote Executive Panel on the ’mega topic of in-destination services’ on 6 March, which is ITB Future Day. Together with panel guests Alex Bainbridge , CEO and CTO of Autoura, Eric Gnock Fah , COO and co-founder of Klook Travel, and Decius Valmorbida , president of Travel Channels, Amadeus IT Group, Philip C. Wolf , serial board director and founder of PhoCusWright, will discuss how to tap the vast potential of TTA and master the technological challenges. The TTA Forum – an entire afternoon at the eTravel Lab The TTA Forum at the eTravel Lab will also be taking place on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Keynotes, panel discussions and best cases will offer an insight into the products and integration and booking methods of in-destination services. At an event moderated by Charlotte Lamp Davies , principal consultant of A Bright Approach, experts will talk about “ What do providers of Tours, Activities and Attractions need to survive in the online market” , how technology can help growth in the tours and activities market, and how to attract travellers from Asia. During the afternoon, together with the founders and directors of companies such as Tiqets, Regiondo, Tourradar and Livn , experts representing attractions and museums and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) will take part in sessions discussing distribution, event and destination marketing, strategies, ideas and the future of in-destination services. TTA at Deep Dive sessions, the eTravel Lab and in Hall 4.1 On the Thursday of ITB, TTA activities will focus on the exhibitor and networking area in Hall 4.1, where interested visitors can meet and hold talks with customers. A session will also be held on the eTravel Stage where Lukas Hempel , CEO of Bookingkit, will talk about artificial intelligence. At a Deep Dive session at the ITB Berlin Convention Oliver Nützel , CEO of Regiondo, will look at Asia’s outbound tourism under the heading of ‘The untapped opportunity for tours & activities’. Another highlight will be the TTA Pitch’n‘ Panel at the eTravel Start-up Day on Friday, 8 March at the eTravel Lab, where startups from three continents will introduce themselves to an expert audience. Douglas Quinby, co-founder of The Arrival, will conclude the TTA programme of events with a talk on ’The state and future of booking for tours, activities and attractions’ on the center stage in Hall 4.1. More information on the new TTA segment can be found at www.itb-berlin.com/tta . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 . You may obtain your accreditation for ITB Berlin 2019 online at www.itb-berlin.com/Press/Accreditation/ . 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 Business Travel Forum: Knowing what is important tomorrow

01/28/2019
Experts provide information on changing face of mobility – Focus on practical advantages for users – Networking lunch on the combined stand of the VDR and ITB Berlin Berlin, 28 January 2019 – Smart mobility concepts for the future: on 6 und 7 March 2019 the ITB Business Travel Forum will be providing information on innovative approaches such as mobility apps and ride sharing services, which will have a long-term impact on business travel in the future. The two-day event will also highlight how the business travel market can react to the challenges posed by the ever-quickening pace of new sharing concepts, digitalisation and globalisation. For exhibitors, trade visitors and the media, admission to the ITB Business Travel Forum in Hall 7.1a, Room New York 1, is included in the price of a ticket. Hans-Ingo Biehl, managing director and member of the presidium of VDR e.V., will welcome the visitors. Day one will begin with a lecture by Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Bruns, a specialist in ’mobility management and transport planning’ at Hochschule RheinMain, who will provide a comprehensive overview of mobility concepts and alternatives. In his view, corporate mobility management is an effective way of optimising a company’s mobility needs. However, this instrument can achieve much more than focusing on business travellers. It needs to take every journey of workers, customers and guests into account to show its real worth and help create solutions to meet the challenges of the dynamic world of mobility and transport. Afterwards, Jörg Mayer, founder and managing director of CityLoop Travel GmbH, will hold a lecture highlighting innovative sharing concepts and best cases from around the world and analyse prominent examples such as AirBnB and Flixbus from a business traveller’s point of view. Concluding the first day of the ITB Business Travel Forum will be Alexander Mönch, general manager of mytaxi Deutschland, who will talk about ’The shift in urban mobility’. On 7 March 2019 at 11 a.m., representatives of the VDR Technology Committee, corporations and technology experts will explain how augmented reality can already achieve added value, and how mixed reality is becoming a part of business travel. At 12 noon Katharina Turlo, senior director of Program Management, Central Europe, CWT Carlson Wagonlit Travel, will be asking ’Traveler Centricity: who is travelling there?’. Afterwards, at an event moderated by Christopher Bergau, market manager of Airbnb for Work, travel managers from three countries will relate their experiences working in the sharing economy. Catherine Logan, regional vice president of EMEA, Global Business Travel Association, will conclude day two of the ITB Business Travel Forum with a talk about ‘GBTA Corporate Travel Industry Trends’. From 6 to 8 March 2019 the Home of Business Travel by ITB & VDR will be the ideal place for visitors to network. National and international travel and mobility managers, young professionals, buyers and office staff will be meeting on the combined stand in Hall 7.1a to talk about opportunities and ways to optimise business travel. On each day from 12 noon to 2 p.m. the VDR will be inviting its co-exhibitors to attend a networking lunch. More information on the programme of events at the ITB Business Travel Forum can be found at www.itb-convention.com/ITBBerlinConvention/Segments/BusinessTravelMICE/ About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 . You may obtain your accreditation for ITB Berlin 2019 online at www.itb-berlin.com/Press/Accreditation/ . 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

Focus on digitality and the ‘human factor’ at the ITB MICE Forum 2019

01/21/2019
The latest trends and strategies for the future at the international meeting place of the industry’s event managers at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show – Headline topic: what is the role of analogue touchpoints in the age of the digital revolution? – New: for the first time the MICE Forum will take place over two days and occupy its own hall along with Business Travel Berlin, 21 January 2019 - Concentrated expertise and the ’human factor’ as a theme heading at the ITB MICE Forum: qualified experts from the industry such as Nicole Brandes, intl. management coach, author and partner of the Zukunftsinstitut and Felix Rundel, head of Programmes and International Development, Falling Walls Foundation, will be examining a range of topics, including what those involved in the meeting and event industry can do in the future to ensure that creativity and expertise become more valuable resources.From 6 to 10 March 2019 MICE and Business Travel Management will join ranks at ITB Berlin. For the first time the MICE Forum will take place over two days together with the Business Travel Forum, on Wednesday, 6 March from 10.45 a.m. to 2.45 p.m. and on Thursday, 7 March 2019 from 3 to 5.45 p.m., under the same roof in Hall 7.1a. The Association of Event Organisers (VDVO) is the official partner of the MICE event.  On Wednesday, 6 March 2019 at the ITB MICE Forum the focus will be on the human factor. After an introduction by Bernd Fritzges, CEO of the Association of Event Organisers, Nicole Brandes, intl. management coach, author and partner of the Zukunftsinstitut, will examine the topic of  ’Digitality and humanity: how, due to the visionaries who have the courage to exploit technology and benefit humankind, the digital transformation makes the human factor even more important’. Felix Rundel, head of Programmes and International Development, Falling Walls Foundation, will look at ’Participant Experience Design – how do we organise meetings that really move people?’ In his lecture entitled ’Meaningful Connections & Events’ Till Ohrmann, co-founder and managing director of PIRATE.global and managing director of the startup SAFARI, will take a look behind the scenes of Europe’s craziest corporate event, the PIRATE Summit. In his paper entitled ’Live goes digital – Digital goes Live’ Detlef Wintzen, managing partner of insglück Gesellschaft für Markeninszenierung mbH will illustrate that a strategically efficient link between digital communication and events is the only way to successfully bring brands and people together. On Thursday, 7 March 2019, day two of the event, the focus will be on the future of the event industry. Doreen Biskup, deputy chairman of the Association of Event Organisers, will talk about ’The event manager eco-system – how event managers will work in the future’.Afterwards, Guido Mamczur, brand strategy expert, visiting professor and book author, and managing director of D‘art Design Gruppe, will provide valuable advice with his excursions on ’Protect me from what I want: the digital diet’ and on how to communicate topics without falling headlong for every digital trend.The convention series will conclude with a lecture by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wünsch, founding director of SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk), which will dwell on ’Experience – and letting others experience. From a trend to the experience’. International networking events at the MICE Hub and MICE Night The MICE Hub is the place where leading industry representatives and exhibitors regularly meet to discuss meetings, incentives, conventions and events. From 6 to 8 March 2019 in Hall 7.1a more than 20 premium exhibitors will represent the topic of MICE on Stand 200. Rounding off the ITB MICE Forum will be an invitation by ITB Berlin and the VDVO to the second official ITB MICE Night on 7 March 2019. The event will be hosted by the International Club Berlin, which can be easily reached on foot from the exhibition grounds. To find out more about MICE at the ITB Berlin Convention and special rail fares to ITB Berlin by Deutsche Bahn (EUR 44.90 for a single fare from any mainline train station in Germany) please visit www.itb-convention.com/MICE . For trade visitors and exhibitors at the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is included in a ticket to ITB. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. The World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) is Co-Host of the ITB Berlin Convention, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is Platinum Sponsor and Jin Jiang International Hotels Group is Gold Sponsor. 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 . You may obtain your accreditation for ITB Berlin 2019 online at www.itb-berlin.com/Press/Accreditation/ . 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 .

Berlin Travel Festival: Globetrotters meet travel industry trendsetters

01/17/2019
Innovative tour operators and well-known adventurers, activists and wellness gurus to meet at the Arena Berlin from 8 to 10 March 2019 – Slogan: travel different – Tickets are available online now Berlin, 17 January 2019 – A forward-looking trade show for a new generation of travelers: following its successful launch in 2018 the second edition of the Berlin Travel Festival will be taking place from 8 to 10 March 2019 at Arena Berlin. Taking as its slogan ’Travel Different’, the official partner event of ITB Berlin brings together adventurers, explorers and today’s brands. With its festival atmosphere, the event celebrates innovative entrepreneurial spirit and perfectly complements the long-standing ITB Berlin on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds which has run for over 50 years. Inspiration for the next big adventure More than 100 exhibitors will be presenting their products, including Mercedes-Benz MYVAN, (content platform for van enthusiasts), roadsurfer (camper van rentals) and PiNCAMP by ADAC (camping portal). International destinations – from the Caucasus to Australia – will be represented, as will local regions such as South Tyrol, Sylt, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Brandenburg. At the same time numerous companies which subscribe to sustainable tourism concepts have announced their participation this year, including Dr. Bronner's ALL-ONE!, COTOPAXI, Abury, Fairaway | Better Places Travel and Little Sun as well as Tentsile Tree Tents, Green Rooms and Feel the World Travel. Both exhibitors and events at the Berlin Travel Festival will focus on the current topics of sustainability, digital connectivity, innovation and community. Well-known speakers, adventurers, activists, journalists and wellness gurus will share their experiences at lectures, workshops, master classes and film screenings. Kicking off the festival programme will be the ’Shop Shift – A Trend Lab for Creative Minds’ conference on Friday, 8 March. At this one-day symposium experts will reveal their forward-looking travel retail strategies, from omni-channel presence to trendsetting brand experiences. On Friday, 8 March at a press preview journalists can find out more about the Berlin Travel Festival’s concept and exhibitor highlights, including South Tyrol, B Corp. and The Grand Hostels. This will be followed by a tour of the Experience Floors and Campus. Members of the media can obtain online accreditation now. Order tickets online now Tickets to the Berlin Travel Festival from 8 to 10 March 2019 at Arena Berlin are available online now from berlintravelfestival.com/tickets . Members of the public can choose between family and day tickets. On Friday, 8 March, which is International Women’s Day, ladies will be admitted free of charge. Travel pros in possession of a trade visitor ticket can attend the Shop Shift conference and the festival’s weekend programme at no extra charge. For trade visitors and exhibitors at ITB Berlin admission is free on all days of the event. About the Berlin Travel Festival The Berlin Travel Festival is a unique format that opens up new perspectives for curious adventurers. Organised by I LOVE TRAVEL GmbH in partnership with ITB Berlin, the three-day festival brings together people, stories, products and brands and focuses on a socially and ecologically responsible approach to future travel planning. Berlin Travel Festival / Press contact details Information, images and interview requests: Anja Voparil anja@berlintravelfestival.com +49 170 542 4859 Kathrin Willhöft kathrin@berlintravelfestival.com +49 170 479 0535 For more information on the Berlin Travel Festival please visit: www.berlintravelfestival.com . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 . You may obtain your accreditation for ITB Berlin 2019 online at www.itb-berlin.com/Press/Accreditation/ . 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 .

The winners of the ITB Book Awards 2019 have been decided upon

01/14/2019
The award winners include Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen, Andrew Solomon, Marco d'Eramo, Olivier Rolin, Per J. Andersson, Joshua Foer with Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, Matias Faldbakken, Elke Heidenreich and Tom Krausz, Ilija Trojanow, Roberto Saviano and Giovanni di Lorenzo, Frank Vorpahl, Stephan Orth, Peter Hinze, Fredy Gareis, Rüdiger Frank and the publisher Roland Esterbauer Berlin, 14 January 2019 – The jury has selected the winners of the ITB Book Awards 2019. The focus of the Destination Awards is on Malaysia, the official partner country of ITB Berlin from 6 to 10 March 2019. In this category the winner was the travel guide ’Malaysia – Brunei und Singapore’ by Moritz Jacobi, with Mischa, Renate and Stefan Loose (Stefan Loose Travel Handbücher). The aim of the ITB Book Awards is to focus attention beyond national borders on the broad spectrum of interculturally important travel and tourism publications. The presentation of the ITB Book Awards 2019 will take place at the Palais am Funkturm, the new awards venue of ITB Berlin, on Friday, 8 March 2019 at 4 p.m. This was the second time the jury of the ITB Book Awards bestowed honours in the category ’Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour’ (2019: Norway) at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Awards went to ’Stefan Loose Travel Handbücher’, the ’Travel Handbuch Norwegen’ by Aaron and Michael Möbius, and the four-part travel guide series on Norway, written by Martin Schmdit and published by Verlag Reise Know-How. Matthias Kröner presented the best city destination guide with ‘Hamburg’, which is published by Michael Müller Verlag. The publisher Trescher Verlag has devoted itself to the increasingly popular and geopolitically controversial destinations of North and South Korea with two detailed and illuminating works: ’Südkorea’ by Klaus A. Dietsch and ’Nordkorea’ by Arno Maierbrugger. Each guide is a perfect supplement to the title ’Unterwegs in Nordkorea’ (DVA). The volume by Rüdiger Frank, a researcher and expert on East Asia and North Korea, received the prize for recommended basic reading and information. The Lifetime Award went to Roland Esterbauer. The publisher received the award for his diverse and wide-ranging programme of hiking and cycling guides and accompanying maps. Every year the ITB Book Awards recognises publications on a range of fields and current topics from Germany and abroad. ITB Berlin is collaborating with Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels. The ITB Book Awards do not confer money prizes. ITB Book Awards 2019: List of categories, winners and publishers Destination Awards ’Malaysia’ Moritz Jacobi, Mischa Loose, Renate Loose, Stefan Loose ‘Malaysia – Brunei und Singapore’ Stefan Loose Travel Handbücher Background information: North and South Korea Rüdiger Frank ‘Unterwegs in Nordkorea. Eine Gratwanderung’ DVA Klaus A. Dietsch ‘Südkorea. Vom Bärenland zum Tigerstaat. Unterwegs zwischen Seoul und Jeju’ Trescher Verlag Arno Maierbrugger ‘Nordkorea. Geschichte, Kultur, Sehenswürdigkeiten’ Trescher Verlag Specialist tourism literature Kerstin Heuwinkel ‘Tourismussoziologie’ utb. Susanne Götze ‘Land unter im Paradies. Reportagen aus dem Menschenzeitalter’ oekom Marco d'Eramo ‘Die Welt im Selfie. Eine Besichtigung des touristischen Zeitalters’ Suhrkamp and winner of the CultureS award Tourist maps / atlases Atlases for adventurers Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton ‘Atlas Obscura. Entdeckungsreisen zu den verborgenen Wundern der Welt’ Mosaik Globes ‘Columbus Globus Duo Alba Swarovski’ Columbus Travel destinations in Germany – Hamburg Matthias Kröner ‘Hamburg’ Michael Müller Verlag Stefanie Sohr, Volko Lienhardt ‘52 kleine & große Eskapaden in und um Hamburg’ DuMont Reiseverlag CultureS Roberto Saviano, Giovanni di Lorenzo ‘Erklär mir Italien! Wie kann man ein Land lieben, das einen zur Verzweiflung treibt?’ Kiepenheuer & Witsch Kurt Andersen ‘Fantasyland. 500 Jahre Realitätsverlust. Die Geschichte Amerikas neu erzählt’ Goldmann Marco d'Eramo ‘Die Welt im Selfie. Eine Besichtigung des touristischen Zeitalters’ Suhrkamp and winner of the Specialist Tourism Literature award Literary travel books Elke Heidenreich, Tom Krausz ‘Alles fließt. Der Rhein Eine Reise | Bilder | Geschichten’ Corso/Verlagshaus Römerweg Special travel books Travelling – a passion Ilija Trojanow ‘Gebrauchsanweisung fürs Reisen’ Piper and winner of the Special Award by the Management of ITB Berlin Per J. Andersson ‘Vom Schweden, der die Welt einfing und in seinem Rucksack nach Hause brachte’ C.H.Beck Exploration Frank Vorpahl ‘Der Welterkunder. Auf der Suche nach Georg Forster’ Galiani Berlin Travelogues Andrew Solomon ‘Weit & weg. Reisen durch sieben Kontinente’ Fischer Fredy Gareis ‘König der Hobos. Unterwegs mit den Vagabunden Amerikas’ Malik Olivier Rolin ‘Baikal-Amur’ Liebeskind Travelling with children Dieter Braun ‘Die Welt der Berge’ Knesebeck Ocean travel Mareike Guhr ‘Blau Türkis Grün. Warum ich um die Welt gesegelt bin’ Delius Klasing Hiking and cycling Joshua Cunningham ’Escape by Bike. Offroad-Abenteuer & Bikepacking weltweit’ Knesebeck Lifetime Award – pubishers Roland Esterbauer for the publisher’s programme of hiking and cycling guides Verlag Esterbauer Illustrated travel books Cristina Mittermeier ‘Amaze’« Paul Nicklen ‘Born to Ice’ titles available from teNeues Peter Hinze ‘The Great Himalaya Trail. 1864 Kilometer Trailrunning durch eine bedrohte Welt in Nepal’ Knesebeck Thomas Joussen, Frank Mesterharm, Darius Ramazani, Marina Kloess, Lindsey Brunsman ‘New York to go. Der Insider-City-Guide. 20 x unterwegs mit den Big Apple Greetern’ Knesebeck Stephan Orth, Samuel Zuder, Mina Esfandiari ‘Iran. Tausend und ein Widerspruch’ National Geographic Travel cookbooks Sarah Henke, Jan C. Brettschneider ‘Korea. Meine kulinarische Reise ins Land der vielen Wunder’ Christian Verlag Sonja Stötzel ‘New York Foodtrends. Big Apple greifbar nah – Rezepte und Entdeckungen’ Gräfe and Unzer Special award by the management of ITB Berlin Ilija Trojanow ‘Gebrauchsanweisung fürs Reisen’ Piper and winner of the Special Travel Book award Simon Adams, R. G. Grant, Andrew Humphreys ‘Reisen. Die illustrierte Geschichte’ Dorling Kindersley Travel calendars ‘Magic Moments 2019 – National Geographic’ teNeues Calendars ‘Wildlife 2019 – National Geographic’ teNeues Calendars Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour 2019 – Norway Aaron Möbius, Michael Möbius ‘Norwegen’ Stefan Loose Travel Handbücher Martin Schmidt ‘Norwegen’, ‘Südnorwegen’ Handbook for explorers ‘CityTrip Bergen’, ‘CityTrip Oslo’ all titles published by Reise Know-How Alva Gehrman ‘I did it Norway’ dtv Matias Faldbakken ‘The Hills’ (Roman) Heyne Encore Petra & Gerhard Zwerger-Schoner ‘Norwegen 2019’ – an exclusive calendar 360° medien The members of the 2019 jury are : - Eckart Baier (Buchjournal) - Cornelia Camen (BuchMarkt) - Prof. Dr. Roland Conrady (Hochschule Worms/University of Applied Sciences) - Armin Herb (jury spokesman, Redaktionsbüro Herb) - Regine Kiepert (Schropp Land & Karte) - Martina Kraus (RavensBuch) - Philipp Laage (dpa Themendienst) - Karl Mertes (journalist) - Burghard Rauschelbach (sustainable tourism consultant) - David Ruetz (chair, head of ITB Berlin) - Raphaela Sabel (Schweizer Buchhandel) - Gerd W. Seidemann (journalist) About Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V. Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels represents the interests of the German book industry in its dealings with political decision-makers and the public. It was founded in 1825 and represents around 5,000 bookstores, publishers, intermediate booksellers and other media enterprises. It organises the Frankfurt Book Fair, awards the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the German Book Awards, campaigns to promote interest in reading as well as for freedom of the written word. Press contact, Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels: Thomas Koch, Press and Public Relations director Tel.: +49 (0) 69 13 06 293 Email: t.koch@boev.de www.boersenverein.de | www.facebook.com/boersenverein About the Frankfurter Buchmesse Frankfurter Buchmesse (16.-20. October 2019) is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,500 exhibitors from 109 countries, around 285,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It is the most important international marketplace for content – from novels and children’s books to academic databases and stories for films, games and virtual reality experiences. Publishing professionals from around the world meet here with partners from the technology sector and from related creative and cultural industries, sparking new partnerships and business models. A strong conference programme ensures that Frankfurter Buchmesse is a major source of inspiration for content experts from around the world. Since 1976, the book fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association). https://www.buchmesse.de/en Press reporters and photographers are requested to obtain accreditation for the awards ceremony at ITB Berlin 2019. This can be done online at www.itb-berlin.de/Presse/Akkreditierung/ or by contacting the organisers at www.buero-philipp.de . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 and IPK International: Latin America ahead of North America

01/11/2019
Americas report solid growth– Latin America outperforms North America – Strong growth forecast for both regions in 2019 – ITB Berlin exclusively publishes latest World Travel Monitor® findings Berlin, 11 January 2019 – With five per cent more international trips, outbound travel from the Americas has shown solid growth in 2018 with a plus of 5 per cent. In contrast to the previous year, where North American growth exceeded Latin America, the first eight months of 2018 reflected the contrary. While North American outbound travel increased by four per cent, Latin America was twice as strong with eight per cent more international trips. Looking at 2019, the latest results of the World Travel Monitor® by IPK International point to an uplift due to stronger growth in North America. Europe remains growth driver for North American outbound travel Overall, North America showed solid increases with a plus of four per cent in international travel during the first eight months of this year, which was in line with the forecasts of last year’s World Travel Monitor®. Despite lower growth rates compared to last year, Europe remained a growth driver. Trips by North Americas to Europe increased by eight per cent during the first eight months of 2018. Among the destinations, benefiting most from these increases were Spain and Italy, while trips to the UK stagnated. Trips to Asia grew solidly with a plus of five per cent, while inner-American travel rose by three per cent.  The strong growth of North American outbound travel was evenly distributed between holidays, visits to friends and relatives (VFRs) as well as business trips. While business trips underperformed worldwide, North America showed opposing developments with a six per cent increase. However, as in other parts of world, this growth was due to an increase of promotable business trips (MICE), while traditional business trips continued on a downward trend. Within the holiday segment, growth distribution was also quite evenly distributed. Cruises reported the strongest increase of eight per cent. Tour holidays increased by five per cent, city trips by four per cent and sun & beach holidays by three per cent. Overall, the average length of outbound trips by North Americans decreased slightly, while spending was one per cent higher. Looking ahead, an uplift is expected for North American outbound travel in 2019, with IPK’s Travel Confidence Index forecasting eight per cent growth for next year. Inner-regional travel booming in Latin America Latin America outperformed North America during the first eight months of the year with eight per cent more international trips. One of the key influencing factors was high growth in the Mexican outbound travel market, which declined last year but recovered strongly between January and August. The main reason for this turnaround was an increase in visits to the US, which dropped in 2017 but picked up strongly again.  Compared to North America, where trips to Europe remained the growth driver, Latin Americans mainly headed to destinations within the Americas. According to World Travel Monitor® figures, inner-regional travel by Latin Americans increased by 13 per cent. Europe reported solid growth rates of five per cent, while Asia received two per cent more visitors from Latin America.  Holidays were the key contributing factor for the growth of outbound trips by Latin Americans, with an increase of ten per cent. Business trips also grew strongly, rising by nine per cent. The reason for this were promotable business trips (with a plus of 12 per cent), and not traditional business trips (down one per cent). Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) recovered with a plus of three per cent compared to the declines during the same period last year. “This is due to increases of Mexican outbound trips, which tend to have a higher share of VFR.” explained Juan Alberto García, consultant at IPK International. Looking at the different holiday types, city trips grew strongly in the Latin American market and gained 18 per cent. Further strong increases were recorded for sun & beach holidays with a plus of 15 per cent, following declines during the same period last year. Cruises also reported similar growth rates, although this segment only accounts for a very small share of the total holiday market. Tour holidays, while recovering worldwide, were below average in the Latin American market with a growth rate of 3 per cent. In terms of spending, Latin Americans spent slightly less, while the average length of stay increased by three per cent.   With Latin America registering strong growth in the first eight months of the year, the outlook for 2019 is also very positive. According to the IPK Travel Confidence Index, Latin American outbound travel is expected to grow by 8 per cent next year. Most American destinations recorded more visitors According to World Travel Monitor® figures, the Americas received about three per cent more international visitors overall between January and August 2018. In North America, the US, which declined last year, now seems to be recovering with seven per cent more international visitors. Canada on the other hand more or less stagnated in the first eight months of the year. Mexico recorded a plus of around two per cent, while another destination with a strong growth was Chile, with eight per cent more international visitors. ”Cruises and city tours are the main growth drivers of the travel markets in the Americas. Outbound travel from South America to the US has displayed unusually high growth. This may be proof that, despite President Trump’s best efforts, he has as yet been unable to make the country any less attractive”, said Martin Buck, Senior Vice President, Travel & Logistics, Messe Berlin. Additional information on specific topics regarding World Travel Monitor® data from IPK International will be published soon by ITB Berlin. Conclusive travel trend findings for 2018 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 2018 at the ITB Future Day during the ITB Berlin Convention as well as forecasts for 2019. 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 published for more than 20 years and is recognised as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 and IPK International: Strong year for Asian outbound travel

01/09/2019
Asian outbound trips increased by eight per cent – International travel within the region key growth driver – strongest increases from China – ITB Berlin exclusively publishes latest results from IPK’s World Travel Monitor® Berlin, 9 January 2019 – After moderate growth rates of five per cent in 2017, Asia is picking up again with an increase of eight per cent in the first eight months of the year. A key growth driver has been travel within Asia, which outperforms all other regions and increased by ten per cent. The outlook for 2019 remains positive, but is suggesting a slow-down in growth compared to 2018 so far. These are some of the key results of the first trend analysis of the World Travel Monitor®, conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin. Uplift from Asia with strong growth Outbound trips from Asia increased by eight per cent between January and August 2018 according to the World Travel Monitor® figures. After moderate growth in 2017 of five per cent, there has been an uplift again resulting in Asia being one of the key contributors to the worldwide increase of six per cent. “Asia is once again showing very strong growth rates after rather moderate increases in 2017. A key contributor to the growth is China, with 13 per cent more outbound trips compared to the same period last year,” stated Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International. Inner-Asian travel outperforms travels to other regions Travel within Asia has been a key contributor to the overall strong growth rates of Asian outbound travel with an increase of ten per cent. The strong increases of Asian travel to Europe last year weakened slightly and Europe received four per cent more Asian visitors. Converse to the overall stagnating trend, Spain was one of the most preferred European destinations and received 14 per cent more Asian visitors. The situation is similar for the UK, which - despite overall decreasing visitor numbers - registered a plus of eight per cent from Asia. The Americas suffered a loss and recorded one per cent less Asian arrivals. This is an extension of last year’s trend, were the Americas were also underperforming. Positive year for Asian destinations Looking at international travel to Asia, 2018 so far has been a very positive year with eight per cent more visitors to the region according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Some of the destinations that show strong increases in the first eight month of the year include typical holiday destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos. Sun & Beach growing further, Tour Holidays declining In line with the rest of the world, holidays are the key contributor for the growth in outbound travel, and increased by ten per cent in Asia between January and August this year. Business and trips to visits family and relatives (VFR trips) on the other hand were clearly underperforming in comparison with growth rates of two per cent each. City trips, the most preferred holiday type of Asians with a market share of around one third, grew by a further ten per cent over the first eight month. Even stronger increases were seen for Sun & Beach holidays, the second most important segment for Asian Outbound travel, which increased by 15 per cent. However, tour holidays are decreasing with two per cent less trips. These trends are a continuation of last year’s developments where growth rates within the holiday segment have been quite similar. The average length of Asian outbound trips was 5.6 nights and therefore decreased slightly compared to last year. One reason for this development was the shift from Tour holidays, which tend to be longer, to more city trips and Sun & Beach holidays. The average spending of around 1650 Euro per trip was stable In terms of booking sites, booking via the internet remains most popular and increased by a further eleven per cent. However, travel agencies also managed to gain five per cent, after decreases in the same period last year. Moreover, direct bookings at hotel and transport carrier increased notably, leading to an overall increase of pre-booked trips of nine per cent. Dr. Martin Buck, senior vice president, Travel & Logistics at Messe Berlin: ”The statistics of the World Travel Monitor® are impressive proof that in recent years Asia has gradually become the most important driving force in the international tourism market. Against this positive backdrop, ITB together with ITB Asia in Singapore and ITB China has once again demonstrated its ability to recognize growth-intensive markets. Our trade fairs are ideally positioned on the market and in touch with both current and future travel trends. Malaysia, the Official Partner Country of ITB Berlin 2019, has also impressively developed its tourism products.” Slower growth to be expected for 2019 The forecast for Asian outbound travel in 2019 is positive and with six per cent on par with the worldwide forecast. Compared to the so far developments in 2018 so far, a slower growth rate can be expected in the next twelve months. One of the reasons is an expected stagnation of the Japanses market. These forecasts are based on IPK’s World Travel Confidence Index, which surveys the travel intentions for the next 12 months.  Additional information on specific topics regarding World Travel Monitor® data from IPK International will be published soon by ITB Berlin. Conclusive travel trend findings for 2018 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 2018 at the ITB Future Day during the ITB Berlin Convention as well as forecasts for 2019. 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 published for more than 20 years and is recognised as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 .

Leading figures from the international travel industry at the ITB Berlin Convention

01/07/2019
Airbnb, Alibaba and Expedia are to take part in the global travel industry's largest think tank – Leading speakers will discuss the latest pressing topics including climate change and overtourism – Focus on payment systems at the eTravel World – The Convention program features a new design and is online now – The ITB Berlin Convention will take place from 6 to 9 March 2019. For exhibitors, trade visitors and the media, admission is included in a ticket to ITB. Berlin, 7 January 2019 – The world’s largest tourism convention is attracting numerous heavyweights. From 6 to 9 March 2019 at the ITB Berlin Convention, 400 leading figures from tourism, politics and business will be speaking about the future of travel at a total of 200 events. Featuring a new design, the Convention program is online now at www.itb-convention.com/ITBBerlinConvention/Program . As well as forward-looking transport systems, a shift in customer expectations and luxury travel, key topics at the ITB Berlin Convention 2019 will include the rise in conflicts caused by overtourism and the imminent threat of runaway climate change. On Wednesday, 6 March at the Keynote Executive Panel at the ITB Future Day, together with other top-level players, Autoura and Klook Travel , an online portal specializing in in-destination services, will debate the extent to which tours & activities services, among others, can help to solve the fundamental problems affecting the industry, such as overtourism . On the Wednesday of ITB, day one of the ITB Destination Days will also focus on overtourism. At the Keynote Panel, under the heading of ’Overtourism revisited: Best Demonstrated Practices instead of Business as Usual’, experts will discuss at what point it is best to limit access and prices, activate smart technology, provide information, select tourists and control visitor flows. On Friday, 8 March, on day two of the ITB Destination Days, the keynote speaker and interview guest Adam Goldstein, vice chairman, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD and future chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in 2019 will answer questions on the challenges the global cruise industry is facing with regard to overtourism and environmental protection. The new Deep Dive session format will also provide visitors with an opportunity to hold in-depth discussions on overtourism with small groups of experts. On Friday, 8 March, the ITB CSR Day will focus on climate change. In his keynote speech the leading international climate change scientist Prof. Dr. Schellnhuber, formerly director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) , will outline the current situation and the courses of action that need to be taken. Afterwards, a panel discussion featuring high-ranking members will discuss one of the key questions facing the tourism industry: in view of the current 1.5 degree global warming target, can we still travel as before or is this the end of the industry’s growth? Discussion will also center on the pressing issue of plastic waste. Eight million tons pollute the oceans every year, for which the tourism industry is in large part responsible. Leading experts from politics and the tourism industry will talk about how polluting the oceans with plastic waste can be avoided and in that context what shape the best practices of tourism companies are taking. Furthermore, Dr. Louise Twining-Ward, senior private sector specialist, Tourism Markets and Technology, Worldbank , will present new ways in which the sharing economy can develop sustainable tourism. On Thursday, 7 March, at the ITB Marketing & Distribution Day, leading international figures will also share valuable expert knowledge. At the ITB CEO Interviews, Friedrich Joussen, CEO TUI Group and Mark Okerstrom, CEO of Expedia , the travel industry giant whose brands include HomeAway, Egencia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Travelocity, Orbitz and Trivago, will deliver an insight into the strategies of global market leaders. At the ITB Deep Dive sessions one of the key topics will be China, which is pioneering the future in more and more markets and technologies, particularly AI, online bookings, mobile devices and mobile payment systems. At the Deep Dive sessions on 7 March, Terry von Bibra, European head of Alibaba , will talk about how to successfully take on the Chinese market, and in which other markets in Asia and around the world Alibaba aims to expand. Current topics and new sessions at the eTravel World Payment systems will be one of the key topics at the eTravel World. On Wednesday, 6 March at the eTravel Lab, Amazon Pay and Wirecard will take a close look at payment solutions. Afterwards, the Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) Forum will be celebrating its debut. At lectures and workshops visitors can find out the latest about this fast-growing new segment at ITB Berlin. The brand new Technology, Tours & Activities segment is the first of its kind in Europe and will bring the tourism industry’s most important markets together at ITB Berlin. They all have a common aim, namely to promote and sell in-destination services. The eTravel World will also examine overtourism, the topic that will dominate the convention. On Thursday, 7 March on the eTravel Stage, Tourismuszukunft will raise the issue of ‘Overtourism and Social Media – More a Curse than a Blessing?’. On the same day the Hospitality Tech Forum (HTF) will take place at the eTravel Lab. At a panel discussion entitled ‘Guest communications’, the founders Ben Jost of Trust You and Marius Donhauser of hotelkit will be among those to talk about their success models. Afterwards, at the ‘Revenue Management’ session, Alexander Edström, CEO Atomize, Jens Munch, CEO Pace and Klaus Kohlmayr, chief, Evangelist Ideas ,will present their best cases. Concluding the day’s events at the CRM Masterclass, CRM professionals will reveal their secrets on how to improve customer relations. On Friday, 8 March 2019 at the Start Up Day, new formats will include a ’Pitch’n Panel’ with themed sessions on hospitality, aviation, mobility, travel bookings and services, as well as the Hotel Camp, organized in cooperation with the Hospitality Industry Club, which will take place on theeTravel Stage on 9 March in Hall 7.1b. New: ITB Berlin Convention at the CityCube – more room for the eTravel World In future, the ITB Berlin Convention will take place at the CityCube, the multi-purpose congress and trade fair venue. That means more room for events, improved access and better transport links. Visitors to the CityCube will be directly next door to the fair halls and only a short distance from light rail public transport (S-Bahn) at Messe Süd. The departure of the ITB Berlin Convention means the expanding Travel Technology segment will gain more space. Visitors interested in new technologies, digital marketing and social media need only walk a short distance to find exclusive displays in Halls 6.1, 7.1 b and 7.1c. The eTravel Lab is also moving, to Hall 7.1b. The Palais am Funkturm, where the ITB Awards are presented, will also host ITB Convention sessions. For trade visitors and exhibitors at the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is included in a ticket to ITB. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. The World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) is Co-Host of the ITB Berlin Convention, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is Platinum Sponsor and Jin Jiang International Hotels Group is Gold Sponsor. 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 .

Record exhibitor numbers at the eTravel World

12/13/2018
Fully booked, bigger and with even more international exhibitors, the eTravel World now occupies three halls – Over 250 Travel Tech exhibitors are expected to attend – Payment solutions are a key topic – New segment at ITB Berlin: the marketplace for Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) Berlin, 13 December 2018 – Demand by exhibitors for the Travel Technology segment is high. Despite the display area growing by around 20 per cent the eTravel World is already sold out and has a long waiting list. In the Travel Technology halls (5.1, 8.1 and 10.1) alone, where the focus is on distribution systems, travel agency / tour operator software and hospitality technologies, over 170 exhibitors are expected to attend. In order to satisfy the space requirements of this fast-growing segment at ITB Berlin the eTravel World now occupies three halls. From 6 to 9 March 2019 over 80 exhibitors from 20 countries will be presenting their innovations in the usual halls (6.1 and 7.1c) as well as in Hall 7.1b. Established companies and ambitious startups will be showcasing their latest products and ideas for the entire tourism industry, including booking systems, smart data specialists, payment systems and hotel apps. Experts will also be highlighting the latest developments in the world of apps, mobile websites, social media and blogging. Rapid exhibitor growth has led to a rise in international numbers and an increase in startups in particular. As well as regular exhibitors from France and Spain such as the startup platform Paris Welcome Lab and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), Israel and Ireland will also be represented at the eTravel World with national stands for startups. With more than a dozen first-time exhibitors, including BookingSuite, Travelor, Loopon, Ratehawk, Atomize and Gastromatic, the Hospitality Tech segment also reports strong growth. The number of tech companies offering payment systems and solutions which will be exhibiting at the show has also risen. In addition to the major players Wirecard and Concardis, big-name market leaders including Paypal, Six Payment Solutions and eCommpay will also be taking part. “The growing interest shown by new exhibitors clearly reflects the dynamic situation in this market. Moreover, with their steady stream of new developments, established web and travel technology players are bringing more and more new solutions to ITB Berlin. At the same time a lot of startups are entering niche markets and can look forward to new business“, said David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin. Experts provide a fresh impetus at the eTravel Lab and on the eTravel Stage Two of the major factors contributing to the eTravel World’s success are the innovative sessions on the eTravel Stage in Hall 6.1 and the workshops at the eTravel Lab, now in Hall 7.1b. Keynote speeches by representatives of market leaders such as the Lufthansa Innovation Hub and Tripadvisor as well as lectures on AI and voice control will be providing new information on the key industry that is the travel technology market. On 6 March 2019, the Wednesday of the fair, one of the key topics will be payment systems. The market leaders Amazon Pay and Wirecard will be discussing this topic at numerous eTravel Lab sessions with the audience. Afterwards, the Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) Forum will be celebrating its debut. Lectures and workshops will have updates on the latest developments in In-Destination Services, a new segment at ITB Berlin. On the afternoon of Thursday, 7 March 2019, the Hospitality Tech Forum in cooperation with the Hospitality Industry Club will be hosting a number of new panels on customer relationship management systems (CRM), revenue management, guest communications and best case studies on upselling. Events will also include lectures on digitalisation and technology in the hotel industry, with a focus on AI, distribution and payment systems. On Friday, 8 March on the eTravel Stage, the eTravel Start-Up Day will be offering startups from around the world a platform and examining numerous perspectives on the future of the travel industry. Pitch ’n Panel is a new event format where industry specialists will be hosting investor panels and discussion rounds along with brief pitches from startups. Topics for discussion will be hospitality, aviation, mobility, travel bookings and services. Moreover, startups will be invited to present their products which have won competitions both at home and abroad. Co-organised with the Hospitality Industry Club, another new event, the Hotel Camp, will be taking place in Hall 7.1b on 9 March, the Saturday of ITB Berlin. For more information on the eTravel World please visit www.itb-berlin.com/etravel . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is Platinum Sponsor of the ITB Berlin Convention and Jin Jiang International Hotels Group is Gold Sponsor. 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 .

Save the date: Berlin Travel Festival press conference

12/10/2018
On 8 March 2019 the partner event of ITB Berlin will provide information on exhibitors, speakers and the Shop Shift conference Berlin, 10 December 2018 Save the date! On Friday, 8 March 2019, at 9.30 a.m. at ARENA BERLIN, shortly before the start of the three-day Berlin Travel Festival, journalists can find out more about this event, whose slogan is ‘Travel Different’. This is where passionate adventurers will be meeting representatives of forward-looking brands and dedicated travel advisers. With the Berlin Travel Festival ITB Berlin has gained an official partner event that is geared to a flourishing market for young creatives. While ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show, the Berlin Travel Festival with its bold festival character celebrates entrepreneurial spirit, thus complementing the established trade show. Combined, the two events offer a rich and wide-ranging programme for travel enthusiasts and industry professionals. ITB Berlin will take place from 6 to 10 March 2019 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, and the Berlin Travel Festival will be held from 8 to 10 March 2019 at Arena Berlin in Kreuzberg. At the press conference Bernd Neff, co-founder and managing director of the Berlin Travel Festival, will have information for journalists about exhibitors, programme highlights, speakers at the masterclasses and film screenings during the festival. Journalists will also receive full details of ‘Shop Shift – A Trend Lab for Creative Minds’, which will begin directly after the press conference. At the one-day conference and the parallel workshop experts will be taking a look at the future of the travel retail industry. Topics will include the transformation of the classic point of sales to a successful point-of-experience model as well as strategies and approaches for achieving a seamless online and in-store retail experience. Following the press conference, exhibitors including Südtirol and B Corp will be on hand to discuss new industry products. Afterwards, media representatives can take tours of the Experience Floors and Campus Areas and closely explore the festival grounds. A shuttle service to ITB Berlin will be available after the event. Journalists who wish to register for the press conference or obtain accreditation for the Berlin Travel Festival are requested to use the online application form at www.berlintravelfestival.com/accreditation/ . Media representatives and bloggers already accredited for ITB Berlin can obtain accreditation for the festival upon presentation of a press pass. For more information on the Berlin Travel Festival please visit www.berlintravelfestival.com . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 and IPK International: European outbound travel grows by five per cent

12/06/2018
Turkey recovers, Spain stagnates – Positive outlook for 2019 – ITB Berlin and IPK International analyse travel to and from Europe Berlin, 6 December 2018 - Spain has been unable to maintain its strong growth of international visitors of recent years, while Turkey is attracting more holidaymakers again. Greece is also reporting rising visitor numbers. Following a steady decline in the past few years, tour holidays are back in favor with European tourists. Overall, European outbound travel grew by five per cent during the first eight months of the year. The outlook for 2019 is also positive. Further growth can be expected according to the World Travel Monitor® conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin. Slowdown in European growth On a global level, 2017 was an exceptionally good year, a development to which Europe contributed significantly. However, the first eight months of 2018 were unable to surpass those figures. Although European outbound trips increased by five per cent, that figure fell short of the seven per cent last year. ”Rising oil prices and air fares have dampened European growth as well. However, the trend remains clearly positive”, said Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International. Poland was the biggest source market for international travel, reporting a ten per cent growth year-on-year. Also Swedes and Russians undertook more trips this year, while the Italian, German and Austrian markets registered solid growth too. According to the IPK World Travel Monitor, which covers more than 90 per cent of global outbound travel, figures for Switzerland, Denmark and the United Kingdom were below average by comparison. Again, driving growth this year were trips within Europe, which increased by six per cent. A look at long-haul travel shows that trips to Asia grew by three per cent. At one per cent, trips to the Americas recovered slightly from last year’s stagnating figures. Mexico, for instance, registered four per cent more visitors from Europe over the first eight months, while the USA reported an increase of one per cent  Turkey recovers – Spain stagnates Among European destinations Turkey is the clear winner, reporting almost 30 per cent more visitors. The developments were also very positive in Greece, with a 19 per cent increase over the first eight months. During the same period the UK registered a drop in visitors of approximately three per cent. After years of strong growth, the figures for Spain stagnated. ”Despite a politically unstable period, Turkey has clearly managed to win back faith among travelers, said Dr. Martin Buck, senior vice president, Travel & Logistics at Messe Berlin. ”Spain experienced a slight damper this year after the steep upward trend of recent years. However, as one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations Spain continues to attract high visitor numbers. “ Europeans rediscover tour holidays Among Europeans, tour holidays are seeing a comeback this year with a growth of five per cent. Ever-popular sun & beach holidays were among this year’s growth drivers during the first eight months. With a plus of eight per cent, their growth was clearly above average. In 2018 city breaks showed positive growth, albeit less than in previous years. After frequently reporting double-digit growth in the past they achieved average figures this year (six per cent). So far this year, holiday trips overall increased by six per cent. In contrast, business travel stagnated in 2018. Traditional business trips dropped by five per cent, while MICE travel increased by three per cent. During the first eight months of this year higher expenses and longer stays of European travelers have led to an eight per cent rise in total turnover. Positive outlook for 2019 Looking ahead to 2019, IPK International forecasts a good year for the European outbound travel market and anticipates five per cent growth. In particular, Russian traveler numbers are expected to rise sharply by seven per cent. The signs are also positive for source markets like Denmark, France, Switzerland, Spain and Belgium. Europe’s largest outbound travel market, Germany, is forecasted to grow by four per cent in 2019. Additional information on specific topics regarding World Travel Monitor® data from IPK International will be published soon by ITB Berlin. Conclusive travel trend findings for 2018 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 2018 at the ITB Future Day during the ITB Berlin Convention as well as forecasts for 2019. 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 published for more than 20 years and is recognised as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends.   About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 and IPK International: International tourism continues its success story with solid growth

12/03/2018
Asia and South America report highest outbound growth – Tour holidays are making a comeback – Outlook for 2019 remains positive – ITB Berlin publishes the latest findings of the World Travel Monitor® exclusively in January 2019 Berlin, 3 December 2018 - 2018 has been a strong year for the tourism industry, which has registered uninterrupted growth in international trips around the world. In the first eight months of 2018 international outbound trips grew by six per cent worldwide, with Asia and South America recording the highest increases. According to the findings of the first trend analysis of the World Travel Monitor® by IPK International, the outlook for 2019 also remains positive. Strong year for Asia and South America Asians are as keen to travel as ever. Following below-average growth in 2017, this year Asia is on a strong recovery path with an increase of eight per cent. One contributing factor was the upswing in China, with notably more foreign trips than the previous year. Likewise another growth driver is Latin America with an increase of eight per cent. This can be mainly attributed to Mexico, which has recovered from last year’s negative growth rates. According to the World Travel Monitor®, between January and August 2018 trips by Europeans increased by five per cent, while North Americans went on four per cent more international trips. Also in terms of destinations, Asia had the strongest growth and recorded a plus in visitors of eight per cent. Europe follows with eight per cent more guests, while the Americas had an eight per cent increase. Looking at destination countries shows that the recent boom in trips to Spain has subsided somewhat in 2018 so far. At the same time, destinations, which have lately been shunned by visitors, are coming back. Turkey is the best example. With a remarkable 30 per cent increase in visitors compared to the same time last year, it is celebrating a strong comeback. Holidays biggest growth driver Holiday trips continue to be the main reason for traveling abroad – with a further increase of seven per cent. Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) grew by five per cent year-on-year. Business trips with a plus of three per cent increased below average. Traditional business trips actually declined in 2018 so far, whereas MICE travel, which accounts for the majority of business trips, increased by five per cent. City trips are losing momentum – revival of Tour holidays Looking at the different types of holiday shows a slight shift in recent trends. City trips, one of the main growth drivers in recent years, still continue on an upward trend, however tailed off slightly during the first eight months of 2018. ”This may be due partly to overtourism, which has lately received a lot of media attention and may possibly have kept visitors away from large cities", said Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International. ”Sun & beach holidays are profiting from that and have overtaken city breaks in terms of growth, something we have not seen in a while. And tour holidays are making a recovery. After declining steadily in the past they have now grown by four per cent.” Despite subsiding terror fears travelers prefer safe destinations According to IPK International, the influence of terror threats has settled at a lower level. 38 per cent of international travelers claim that the recent instability and terror warnings will have an effect on their travel plans, compared to 41 per cent at the same time last year. This however is mainly leading to shift in destinations to those that are perceived as safe, rather than avoiding traveling altogether. Destinations regarded as being particularly safe include Switzerland, the Scandinavian countries, Canada and Australia. At the same time, other destinations such as Egypt and Tunisia, previously deemed unsafe, have been able to improve their negative image. Positive outlook for 2019 The forecast for travel in 2019 remains positive: IPK International expects international trips to increase by around six per cent. The highest forecasts are for North and South America, with an expected increase of eight per cent. Asia is expected to grow by six per cent, followed by Europe with five per cent. These forecasts are based on the World Travel Confidence Index published by IPK International, which is compiled annually based on the views of the survey participants about their travel intentions for the coming 12 months. Further conclusive results showing 2018 travel trends will be published in subsequent trend telegrams. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the findings of the World Travel Monitor® for 2018 at the ITB Future Day of the ITB Berlin Convention along with forecasts for 2019. The World Travel Monitor® is based on the results of 500,000 representative interviews in over 60 travel markets around the world. It has been published for more than 20 years and is recognised as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends.   About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 Convention debates four major challenges facing travel

11/21/2018
Climate change, innovative forms of transportation, overtourism and changing customer demands are the key topics at the Leading Travel Industry Think Tank– New: Convention to be held at the CityCube, plus Deep Dive sessions – Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention from 6 to 9 March 2019 is free for exhibitors, trade visitors and the media Berlin, 21 November 2018 - The imminent threat of runaway climate change, outdated forms of transport, overtourism crises and a threefold change in customer demands – the four biggest challenges facing the global tourism industry will make up the wide range of topics at the ITB Berlin Convention from 6 to 9 March 2019. At lectures, discussion rounds and workshops experts, senior figures from politics and business and leading scientists will closely examine the latest topics and pressing issues. New among the events are Deep Dive sessions at which visitors can dwell on the Convention’s key topics in depth in small groups. For trade visitors and exhibitors at the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is included in the ticket to the event. The hot summer in the northern hemisphere and the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivered a clear message. Thus, some of the world’s leading scientists will make use of keynote sessions to spell out the effects of global warming and climate change . Among them will be the well-known climate scientist Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellhuber, who will explain the situation and what action must be taken. Tourism policymakers and industry decision-makers will also discuss possible solutions and present best practices that can contribute to environmental sustainability. Transportation systems are an essential part of the tourism industry. Together with pioneers of innovative transport and tourism ministers the ITB Berlin Convention will debate Future Mobility at tourism destinations and how travel will become easier, cheaper, more luxurious and more sustainable as a result. Overtourism , which was already one of the main topics at last year’s ITB Berlin Convention, is becoming more and more widespread. Recently, a growing number of conflicts have given rise to various pilot projects. The ITB Berlin Convention will provide an interim assessment and show which measures have met with success, how digital technology can be used to combat overtourism and whether the initial findings regarding overtourism in cities can also be applied to rural destinations with tourist attractions. Adam Goldstein, vice chairman, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD and the CLIA’s future chairman in2019, will talk about how the cruise industry intends to deal with overtourism in the future. Tourism experts will also be examining the Convention’s fourth key topic, the threefold change in customer demands .Nowadays, what defines luxury has completely changed. Instead of catering to ‘bling bling’, destination managers, the hotel industry and carriers now have to satisfy non-material luxury demands, and several sessions will present the latest findings on forward-looking business models and lessons that have been learned. Tourism products which cater to the standard tastes of mass markets no longer attract young people in large numbers. Forward-looking business models must be tailored to individual needs and be available via digital booking channels – that is luxury in its modern form. Operators and sales channels are already responding and as a result the Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) segment is growing fast. Sessions, workshops and keynote speeches under every Convention heading will show ITB participants how new technologies and apps are changing booking habits, ways in which in-destination services are being used and how they are driving the digitalisation of products. In the Adventure Travel Hall (4.1) an exclusive exhibition area will complement the topic TTA. The ways in which travelers choose their destinations has changed significantly too. Attitudes towards a country’s politics are increasingly influencing people’s choice of holiday destinations. Discussions with ambassadors will highlight how political decision-makers are dealing with this situation.   The ITB Berlin Convention is moving to the CityCube In future the ITB Berlin Convention will take place at the CityCube, the new multi-purpose congress and trade fair venue. That means more room for events, improved access and better transport links. Visitors to the CityCube will be directly next door to the fair halls and only a short distance from light rail public transport (S-Bahn) at Messe Süd.   The eTravel World continues to expand Relocating the ITB Berlin Convention means the Travel Technology segment will gain more space. Visitors interested in new technologies, digital marketing and social media have a short distance to reach the exclusive displays in Halls 6.1, 7.1 b and 7.1c. The eTravel Lab is also moving, to hall 7.1b. At the eTravel World another focus besides in-destination services at the TTA Forum is the topic of payment. Related events will include sessions with Amazon Pay, Paypal and Wirecard.   About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 and IPK International forecast high growth of halal tourism

11/14/2018
International trips by Muslims have experienced high growth rates over the last decade –  City breaks and shopping are especially popular – Holiday offers must conform to religion Berlin, 14 November 2018 - Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group and by 2030 (Source) will make up an estimated 25 per cent of the world’s population. Furthermore, in some Muslim-dominated markets there is a thriving middle class with growing buying power and a new consumer behavior. One effect has been an increase of international trips undertaken by Muslims. To analyse their travel behavior more detailed ITB Berlin commissioned IPK International to conduct a special evaluation of the World Travel Monitor®. In some aspects, Muslim travel behavior differs significantly from other groups. City breaks are more popular than Sun & Beach holidays for instance, and shopping is more important than visiting museums. Increasingly, customers also want to be able to observe their religious customs. A touristic offer that caters to Muslims’ needs represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the travel industry. Specific aspects of halal travel According to Fazal Bahardeen, managing director of CrescentRating, the world’s leading expert on halal travel, the difference lies in specific shared values among Muslims that are much stronger than among other communities, regardless of their nationality. Whereas many associate halal merely with the way food is prepared, it actually refers to everything that conforms to traditional Islamic law. For the travel industry that means fulfilling certain faith-based needs of Muslim travelers. This includes preparing food according to halal rules, adapting meal times during Ramadan, offering prayer facilities in hotels, providing separate swimming pools for men and women and offering entertainment that caters towards Muslims. High growth of Muslims traveling abroad Currently, the most interesting source markets regarding the demand of international halal travel are Indonesia, India, Turkey, Malaysia and the Arab countries. According to IPK’s World Travel Monitor, source markets with a predominantly Islamic population showed growth rates that were 40% higher in the past 5 years compared to the rest of the world. Strong growth is also predicteded for the years ahead. Thus halal travel offers huge growth potential for destinations around the world. City breaks top the list Worldwide City breaks and Sun & Beach holidays are the most popular holiday types. However, the picture looks different for international Islamic travel. Here, City breaks top the list with a market share of over one-third. Second-placed are Tour holidays, which is then followed by Sun & Beach holidays with only around half the market share compared to the total market. In general, for Muslims international holidays are less important than for other international travelers. By contrast, business trips, visiting friends and relatives and other leisure trips account for a bigger share of the market. Religious trips and pilgrimages in particular play a much greater role and make up ten per cent of foreign trips – which is ten times higher compared to the rest of the world with only one per cent market share. More shopping, less sightseeing Apart from preferring other types of holidays, Muslims also tend to pursue different activities when traveling. Whenever they visit cities shopping is on top of the list. In contrast, sightseeing – the number one attraction for other travelers –visiting museums, or good food, is less important for this segment. Also Tour holidays are shaped differently with less focus on sightseeing or museum visits and more focus on nature and shopping instead. Germany is the most popular destination in Europe For Muslims traveling abroad the United Arab Emirates is the most popular destination worldwide. Germany comes second, followed by Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Singapore, which makes it the by far most popular destination in Europe. Looking at each continent, over 60 per cent of trips abroad by Muslims go to Asia (including the Middle East) and around one-third to Europe. By comparison, trips to Africa, North and South America only have a very small share of the market. Young and highly educated Measured against all other international travelers worldwide the percentage of female travelers from Islamic countries is below average. However, in recent years their numbers have increased steadily. Muslim travelers are much younger than average, with 75 per cent aged between 25 and 44. In terms of education, there is a larger share of those with high education levels. Additional information on specific topics regarding World Travel Monitor® data from IPK International will be published soon by ITB Berlin. Conclusive travel trend findings for 2018 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 2018 at the ITB Future Day during the ITB Berlin Convention as well as forecasts for 2019. 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 published for more than 20 years and is recognised as the most widescale continuous survey examining global travel trends. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 .

First LGBT+ Tourism Summit to take place in Malta

11/12/2018
International experts will discuss market developments, new marketing strategies and the economic prospects for the LGBT travel segment – The Malta Tourism Authority is collaborating with ITB Berlin, the host of the first LGBT+ Tourism Summit from 22 to 23 November 2018 Berlin, 12 November 2018 – Excellent prospects for the travel industry: from 22 to 23 November 2018 in Malta the first LGBT+ Tourism Summit will discuss the opportunities and challenges offered by gay and lesbian travel. International experts will present the latest survey findings, information on current LGBT online marketing trends, illustrate how prospects for business in LGBT+ tourism are developing, and highlight examples of best practices. Discussion rounds will also examine which factors play an important role in the LGBT tourism market. Ahead of the LGBT+ Tourism Summit Rika Jean-François, CSR officer at ITB Berlin, explained how the market has shifted: “With the LGBT+ community becoming more visible and gaining broader public acceptance, interest in the LGBT+ travel market has increased. LGBT travel has become one of the industry’s fastest-growing markets worldwide and with an estimated 23 million LGBT customers Europe is an extremely important source market.” On 22 November the Maltese tourism minister Dr. Konrad Mizzi will kick off the LGBT+ Tourism Summit with a press conference, followed by a reception at the Palace Hotel. Prime Minister of Malta Dr. Joseph Muscat will officially open the conference on 23 November. Opening the agenda, Carlo Micallef, deputy CEO and marketing head of the Malta Tourism Authority, will introduce the Mediterranean island as an ideal destination for LGBT tourists. Afterwards, Dr. Stephan Gellrich, an executive coach and senior expert at Accenture Consulting, will highlight the economic importance of this market. Peter Jordan of GenCTraveller, Amsterdam, will provide a comprehensive overview of the LGBT tourism market with data from the latest LGBT surveys. In his role as a tourism analyst he has authored the global report on LGBT tourism for the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations (UNWTO) together with the IGLTA, as well as the current manual on LGBT travel in Europe for the European Travel Commission (ETC). Tom Roth, president of Community Marketing & Insights, San Francisco, and an LGBT research partner of ITB Berlin, will present tourism research findings, case studies and best practices. Jaume Vidal of Visit Barcelona will highlight how marketing LGBT destinations can function successfully. Afterwards, representing IGLTA USA, LoAnn Halden will speak about the work of this leading LGBT travel association. A panel discussion chaired by Tom Roth will follow, at which Peter Jordan, Jaume Vidal, LoAnn Halden and Rika Jean-François will answer questions from the audience about which factors are important for destinations like Malta in order to successfully conquer the LGBT tourism market. The second part of the conference will deal mainly with marketing aspects. Among the speakers will be Rika Jean-François and Thomas Bömkes, the two representatives responsible for the LGBT Travel segment at ITB Berlin, who will talk about the importance of the segment’s presence at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. Matt Skallerud of Pink Banana Media, New York, will have information and valuable tips for marketing LGBT travel online in 2019. Two other examples of best practices will highlight successful hotel and event marketing business models. Philip Ibrahim of Accor Germany, will talk about the Pink Pillow marketing initiative of Visit Berlin, and Frédérick Boutry of Visit Brussels will underline how important culture, sport and party events are for the LGBT segment. Taking Malta as an example, the conference will conclude with Philip Ibrahim, Frédérick Boutry and Rika Jean-François discussing which criteria play an important role for LGBT+ customers’ travel choices. At the subsequent networking session experts and conference attendees will have ample opportunity to discuss topics in depth and establish new contacts. Malta is Europe’s friendliest destination for LGBT travellers With its vibrant LGBT scene, Malta ranks among Europe’s friendliest destinations for LGBT travellers. One reason is that in recent years LGBT issues have gained a high level of cultural acceptance in all parts of society. Another positive aspect is the law amendments recently passed by the Maltese government. This year, Malta once again tops the rankings of the ILGA Europe Rainbow Map and Index for 2018, which examines the human rights situation of LGBT people in 49 countries throughout Europe. With an overall rating of 91 per cent, Malta has achieved the highest standards in LGBT rights for the third year running and also widened the gap on other European countries. It is way ahead of Belgium, in second place with 79 per cent, and Norway, which is in third with 78 per cent. The first LGBT+ Tourism Summit, which is due to take place from 22 to 23 November 2018, is supported by the Malta Tourism Authority, ITB Berlin and the IGLTA. LGBT travel at ITB Berlin: www.itb-berlin.com/LGBT . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2019 will be taking place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2018 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to around 170,000 visitors, including 110.000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 6 to Saturday, 9 March 2019. 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 .