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ITB Berlin and IPK International: Strong upward trend in India’s outbound travel

01/16/2020
India reports above-average growth in outbound trips again – Destinations within Asia are in high demand – Increase in holiday trips – High affinity for travel agency bookings – Growth expected to continue in 2020 – Debut of ITB India in Mumbai from 15 - 17 April 2020 – ITB Berlin to publish India’s latest outbound travel trends from the World Travel Monitor® by IPK International The strong growth in outbound trips from India continued seamlessly again into 2019. In particular, destinations within Asia benefited from this upward trend. As in Asia overall, holidays abroad are becoming increasingly popular in India too. The launch of ITB India in April 2020 emphasizes the importance of the Indian market in the international scene. The event will put India’s growing travel industry in the limelight. ITB India will be the gateway to the Indian travel market for international players to gain access to one of the fastest growing outbound market in Asia. The latest findings of the World Travel Monitor® by IPK International point to further growth in outbound trips from India in 2020. The World Travel Monitor® is based on the results of representative interviews with more than 500,000 people in over 60 countries worldwide. It has been compiled for more than 20 years and is recognized as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends. Above-average growth in outbound trips Despite a large population and economic development India is not one of Asia’s high-volume source markets for outbound trips. It ranks fifth, a long way behind China, South Korea, Japan and even Taiwan. However, in recent years India’s market has recorded above-average growth in outbound travel: With an increase of seven per cent in the first eight months of 2019, outbound trips from India exceeded the average figure for Asia overall. Destinations within Asia in demand The main beneficiaries of India’s growth in outbound travel are destinations in Asia, whose market share rose to almost 70 per cent in 2019. Destinations in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan were in particularly high demand and reported double-digit growth. At seven per cent, travel to North America increased significantly too, whereas trips to Europe were below average during the first eight months of 2019. Holidays abroad more and more popular The Indian market’s recent trend towards more frequent holidays abroad continued in 2019. Currently, holiday trips account for around 65 per cent of outbound trips from India. However, this figure is still well below par compared with Asia’s average overall (around 80 per cent). City breaks and round trips are by far the most popular outbound holiday types among Indians and now represent a total market share of almost 65 per cent. Sun and beach holidays also benefited from the growth in outbound trips and represent 16 per cent of the holiday market. However, compared with other Asian source markets this figure is still below average. High affinity for Travel agencies As well as bookings over the internet Indians travelling abroad made above-average use of travel agencies. With a market share of almost 45 per cent, travel agency bookings exceeded the Asian average as well as the global average, which is around 25 per cent. Strong growth again in 2020 IPK International forecasts a six per cent increase in outbound travel from India in 2020, thus continuing strong growth of the Indian market. This forecast is based on the findings of the “World Travel Confidence Index” of IPK International, which as part of World Travel Monitor® polls people’s travel intentions for the next 12 months. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the final findings of the World Travel Monitor® for 2019 at the ITB Future Day of the ITB Berlin Convention along with forecasts for 2020. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . As of now you can obtain accreditation for ITB Berlin 2020 online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/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 and IPK International: Contrasting travel trends on the American continent

01/15/2020
Outbound travel from North America registers above-average growth – Decline in international trips from Latin America – European destinations are in demand – City breaks are on the rise – Positive outlook for 2020 – ITB Berlin to publish America’s latest outbound travel trends from the World Travel Monitor® by IPK International Berlin, 15 January 2020 – Two divergent travel trends marked the American continent. In the first eight months of 2019 outbound travel from North America grew with 4.5 per cent higher than the global average, while at minus three per cent outbound trips from Latin America witnessed a relatively strong decline. Overall year-on-year figures reveal a 3.5 per cent increase in outbound travel from the Americas as a whole. Destinations in Europe were clearly more in demand than trips to Asia. City breaks are still displaying above-average growth. For 2020 the World Travel Monitor® forecasts a continuous growth, at three per cent. The World Travel Monitor® is based on the results of representative interviews with more than 500,000 people in over 60 countries worldwide. It has been compiled for more than 20 years and is recognized as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends. American continent displays two trends In the past the American continent benefited from Latin America’s outbound travel boom. Initial results for 2019, however, display a completely different trend. While the North Americans’ outbound trips increased at an above-average rate of 4.5 per cent, the Latin Americans’ outbound trips virtually collapsed with minus three per cent. Looking at the trends in individual countries, the following can be observed: In North America the driving force was outbound trips of US-Americans with a strong increase of six per cent compared to the previous year period. Juan Alberto Garcia Lopez of IPK International explained the decline in outbound trips from Latin America thus: “In addition to some countries in South America, such as Argentina, the high-volume source market Mexico was the main reason for this negative development, with a five per cent decline in outbound travel.“ Strong increase in trips to Europe At seven per cent, travel to Europe is showing strongly above-average growth overall. Europe not only achieved the highest growth rate among North Americans, but was also up among Latin Americans. Trips to Spain and Italy were particularly in demand. These countries registered strong growth in visitor numbers, at 11 and 10 per cent respectively. Even the UK, which recently suffered a drop in visitors, was able to attract more visitors from America. Compared to trips to Europe, outbound trips within the American continent, however, increased at a much lower rate of three per cent. Trips to Asia also only achieved three per cent growth. Holiday trips on the rise As regards reasons for travelling abroad, holiday trips are becoming more popular on the American continent. Compared to the previous year period the holiday segment grew by five per cent and now occupies just over 60 per cent of the market. In contrast business trips fell by one per cent. City breaks as growth driver A look at the various holiday types shows different trends. At ten per cent, city breaks once again reported above-average growth. Holidays in the country also recorded a strong growth, at nine per cent. At six per cent, the cruise market likewise witnessed a very positive development, followed by round trips, which increased by five per cent. In contrast, sun & beach holidays suffered a decline in popularity among Americans, falling by one per cent compared to the previous year period. Positive outlook for 2020 IPK International expects outbound trips from North America to grow by three per cent in 2020, slightly less than in 2019. As far as outbound trips from Latin America, the market is expected to recover in 2020 by reaching one per cent growth. These forecasts are based on the findings of the “World Travel Confidence Index” of IPK International, which as part of World Travel Monitor® polls people’s travel intentions for the next 12 months. Further conclusive results showing 2019 travel trends will be published in future press releases. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the final findings of the World Travel Monitor® for 2019 at the ITB Future Day of the ITB Berlin Convention along with forecasts for 2020. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . As of now you can obtain accreditation for ITB Berlin 2020 online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/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. 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ITB Berlin and IPK International: Increase in outbound trips from Germany

12/20/2019
During the first eight months of the year outbound trips from Germany increased by a further two per cent – Trips to Turkey were in demand – Above-average growth in city breaks – Increase in rail as well as air travel – ITB Berlin to publish Germany’s latest outbound travel trends from the World Travel Monitor® by IPK International Despite Germany’s already high volume in outbound trips, the figures have grown by a further two per cent. Following a slump in recent years, trips from Germany to Turkey recorded double-digit growth. According to the latest findings of the World Travel Monitor® by IPK International, at eight per cent city breaks were the growth driver in the holiday travel market. The World Travel Monitor® is based on the results of representative interviews with more than 500,000 people in over 60 countries worldwide. It has been compiled for more than 20 years and is regarded as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends.   Growth in trips from Germany During the first eight months of 2019 outbound trips from Germany increased by two per cent, on a par with other western European source markets, but behind current growth rates in eastern Europe. Germany’s dominant position as a leading source market for outbound travel remains unchallenged. After the USA, it is the world’s second largest outbound travel market, and Europe’s largest by far.   Turkey popular again on the Germany market During the first eight months of 2019 the German market’s most in-demand destinations were once again in Europe. Following a downturn in recent years Turkey regained its popularity on the German market. Thus, during the first eight months of the year trips to Turkey reported an above-average rise of 14 per cent, while trips to Spain grew by only two per cent. In contrast, visitor numbers from Germany to Greece and Croatia were in decline. At the same time, at five and four per cent respectively, trips from Germany to the Netherlands and Poland reflected a noticeable increase compared with last year.   City breaks are booming again As in other European countries, outbound trips from Germany witnessed a renewed surge in city breaks, which at eight per cent recorded above-average growth during the first eight months of 2019. At three per cent, the number of sun and beach holidays increased too. In contrast, at minus four cent round trips recorded a marked decline. Summer trips to the mountains and holidays in the country also attracted fewer outbound trips.   Increase in rail travel As regards transport choice, during the first eight months of 2019 more and more outbound trips from Germany were undertaken by rail, which grew by six per cent. At four per cent, the increase in outbound flights was not as great, although this figure rose too. The growth in rail and air travel came at the expense of car trips.   Positive outlook for 2020 IPK International forecasts outbound trips from Germany rising by two per cent in 2020, and thus a continuation of the market’s positive upward trend. This is based on the findings of the World Travel Confidence Index of IPK International, which as part of World Travel Monitor® polls people’s travel intentions for the next 12 months.   Further conclusive results showing 2019 travel trends will be published in future press releases. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the findings of the World Travel Monitor® for 2019 on 4 March at the ITB Future Day of the ITB Berlin Convention along with forecasts for 2020. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 7 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com, www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom. As of now you can obtain accreditation for ITB Berlin 2020 online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/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 .

Fully booked eTravel World 2020 with new exhibitors and sessions

12/19/2019
Over 250 international exhibitors present the latest trends and innovations in the key travel technology market at the ITB Berlin eTravel World – The ITB Berlin Convention features lectures, discussions, workshops and new formats along with established eTravel experts The digital transformation in the global tourism industry is moving ahead: AI, wide-ranging messaging services, online booking systems, new payment solutions and intelligent hotel apps – the travel industry has numerous instruments which it must use to keep pace with expanding digitalisation and corresponding customer demands. From 4 to 7 March 2020 at ITB Berlin, the eTravel World will be providing concentrated information on the topic of travel technology. The halls have been fully booked since November 2019, reflecting how hugely important travel technology is for the tourism industry. More than 250 exhibitors from around the world will be presenting new technologies, digital marketing and social media in Halls 6.1, 7.1b and 7.1c. Hall 5.1 is where visitors can find suppliers of distribution systems, travel agency and tour operator software. In addition to regular exhibitors a whole range of leading enterprises will be taking part for the first time, including Airbnb, Nezasa and Trainline. Visitors to the ITB Berlin Convention at the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show can find out about the latest developments and future trends from the worlds of apps, mobile websites, social networks and blogs from workshops, lectures, discussions and new formats. Daily from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the eTravel Stage in Hall 6.1, for the first time international companies will be highlighting best cases in order to present their innovations and product news. Another new event is the daily Start-up Track. From 1 to 2 p.m. three startups respectively will deliver their pitches and during interviews will be talking about the pitfalls, challenges and lessons learnt. On Friday, 6 March 2020 from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., for the first time the Data Talks Forum will be taking place at the eTravel Lab (Hall 7.1). Major technology providers including Amadeus (Monika Wiederhold), Sabre (Tom Fecke) and Peakwork (Joao Gonzaga) will be talking about AI, data usability and seamless travel data, among other topics. Following its successful launch in 2019 the TTA Forum will be taking place again next year at the eTravel Lab. On Wednesday, 4 March 2020 from 2 to 6 p.m., industry experts including the CEOs of Evaneos, (Eric de la Bonnardière), Bookingkit (Lukas Hempel) and Rezdy (Chris Atkins) will be talking about the challenges involved in marketing in-destination services. In their keynotes they will be presenting best cases, and based on the latest surveys will be talking about which direction the travel industry’s third-largest segment is taking. On Thursday, 5 March from 2 to 6 p.m., the hotel trade will be meeting for the third time at the eTravel Lab’s Hospitality Tech Forum, which is organised in partnership with the Hospitality Industry Club. Leading players including TrustYou, the world’s largest visitor feedback platform, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Lindner Hotels, A & O Hotels and Hostels, 25hours Hotels and Accor will be represented on the podium. A wide range of topics on two stages Trade visitors looking for smart solutions and innovative ideas in the key travel technology market can find out more at various discussion rounds and lectures on the stages of the eTravel Lab and eTravel Stage. On Wednesday, 4 March 2020, experts will be reporting product news on payment solutions, super apps and chatbots. At the Asia Panel the general managers Jeremy Beck of Rakuten and Qiang Zhong of Meituan as well as Ritwik Khare, the chief branding officer of Makemytrip, will be among those discussing the various developments taking place in China, Japan and India as well as the challenges facing OTAs. On 5 March 2020, day two of the show, in addition to hospitality tech product news, discussion will focus on smart mobility and startups, the latest AI and Voice news, and practical examples will be given of social media marketing channels such as Tik Tok as well as new ideas for marketing destinations. A critical influencer discussion round, news on self-driving vehicles and the Hotseat format with Alexa will promise fascinating insights. On Friday, 6 March 2020 at the eTravel Lab, after the Data Talks Forum (from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.) until 5 p.m., the focus will be on bloggers, influencers and storytellers. At the same time, starting at 2 p.m. on the eTravel Stage, specialists will be highlighting the potential of travel podcasts, a trending medium, from the point of view of both business customers and consumers. New round of special events on the Saturday of ITB The specialist programme at the eTravel World on Saturday, 7 March 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to which admission is free, has become a firmly established fixture of the ITB Berlin Convention. Both the free DRV seminars on the subject of online marketing and the Hotelcamp powered by Hospitality Industry Club will be providing tourism professionals and hotel owners with an opportunity to closely examine the latest issues and work together with experts on individual solutions. More information about the eTravel World can be found online at: www.itb-berlin.de/en/ITBBerlin/DestinationsSegments/ETravelWorld/ . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . As of now you can obtain accreditation for ITB Berlin 2020 online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/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 2020: Smart tourism for a better future

12/12/2019
Sustainability, digitalisation, shifting customer demands and luxury travel are the key topics at the ITB Berlin Convention 2020 – The slogan of the global travel industry’s largest think tank is ’Smart Tourism for Future’ – The programme for the convention and eTravel World can be found at www.itb-convention.com – For exhibitors, trade visitors and the media admission to the convention is included in a ticket to ITB Groundbreaking changes lie in store for the global tourism industry. The big themes are sustainability, digitalisation, shifting customer demands and luxury travel . These will be the focus of discussions, lectures and deep dive sessions at the ITB Berlin Convention, where experts, researchers and leading representatives of the industry will present their ideas and offer inspiration to visitors for new approaches, projects and products. They will be substantiated by the latest market analyses, examples of best practices and exclusive surveys by the global tourism industry. For trade visitors, the media and exhibitors at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show, admission to the ITB Berlin Convention (4 to 7 March 2020) is included in a ticket to ITB. Sustainability, climate change and environmental protection are aspects of major concern to the tourism industry, and not just since the Fridays for Future movement began. The topics of rising CO2 levels and over-consumption of resources and their effects on eco-systems and nature dominate everyday life worldwide. Many tourism companies are focusing more and more on intelligent and sustainable systems for managing tourism flows and including them in their strategies and products. The ITB Berlin Convention has comprehensive information on the current situation, the progress being made, but also on deficits and mistakes. Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber is director (emeritus) at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and one of the world’s leading climate scientists. In his keynote speech on ’Climate change, global warming, weather extremes’ at the ITB CSR Day on 6 March he will outline the status quo and need for action (11 -11.45 a.m., CityCube, Hall A1). Afterwards, at a Hotseat event, Fridays for Future activists will confront tourism professionals on the subject of ‘Flight shame’ (12 -12.45 p.m.). With sustainability now such an important topic, on 4 March the ITB Responsible Destination Day will be part of the convention programme for the first time (10.45 a.m. - 5.45 p.m., CityCube, Hall A1). In addition to ecology and sustainability, digitalisation has become one of the factors that will dominate tomorrow’s tourism industry. Customers want information about their trip everywhere and at all times. Comprehensive digitalisation can make their wishes come true. This topic runs through the entire convention – on every day of the event participants will discuss a variety of issues and present new ideas. On 4 March at the ITB Future Day , Dr. Michaela Lenzen, a science journalist and researcher, will highlight the opportunities and risks of AI, big data and robotics for both the industry and customers (2 – 2.45 p.m., CityCube, Halls A4 + A5). At the ITB Destination Day on 6 March the focus of the panel discussion will be the development and use of algorithms to create personal travel experiences (11 - 11.45 a.m., CityCube, Hall A4 + A5). A further discussion round will highlight the opportunities for destinations created by influencers and Instagram users as well as the accompanying challenges, which are often underestimated (4 - 4.45 p.m., CityCube, Halls A4 + A5). The events at the eTravel World will provide a practical context with even more background information on technical innovations and the digital transformation in the industry. More than 50 presentations, panel discussions and workshops featuring practitioners and visionaries from the technology sector will take place in Halls 7.1b (eTravel Lab) and 6.1 (eTravel Stage). It is not only digitalisation that is responsible for major change in the travel sector– shifting customer demands and expectations are leading to a complete restructuring of the industry. Travellers want products that fulfil their desires in every way. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the relevant findings of the ITB Travel Monitor, the most wide-ranging travel survey worldwide, to visitors at the ITB Future Day on 4 March (3 - 3.45 p.m., CityCube, Halls A4 + A5). Travellers want experiences and adventure. Mass-market products have lost their appeal, most recently after Thomas Cook became insolvent. At the ITB Marketing & Distribution Day on 5 March , in his keynote speech on ‘The future of travel marketing: personalisation, retailing, platforms’, Sabre CEO Sean Menke will outline and analyse the challenges ahead (11 - 11.45 a.m., CityCube, Halls A4 + A5). Afterwards, Friedrich Joussen, CEO of TUI Group, will take questions on ’Operating in unprecedented times’ and industry developments around the world (12 -12.45 p.m., CityCube, Halls A4 + A5). Visitors can also gain an insight into the forward-looking strategies of TUI Group. Taking part in the 'ITB Executive Interview: Amazon + Travel’ will be David Peller, Global Head, Travel and Hospitality, Amazon Web Services (2 -2.45 p.m., City Cube, Halls A4 + A5). At the ITB Deep Dive Sessions on 6 March the SEO expert Kaspar Szymanski, formerly a member of Google’s search quality team, will explain the difference between Google’s manual and algorithmic penalties (11 -11.45 a.m., CityCube Cube Club). Shifting customer demands, desires and expectations are also influencing booking behaviour in the luxury travel market . At the ITB New Luxury Travel Forum on Marketing & Distribution Day on 5 March a new exclusive survey by ITB Berlin and Travelzoo will provide visitors with new data on travellers’ attitudes towards sustainability in the global luxury travel market. This will also be the main topic for discussion at the ITB Hospitality Executive Panel . A panel discussion on ’The future of luxury travel in the post-hedonistic age’ will examine the dominant global trends and their impact on tomorrow’s luxury travel market (5 -5.45 p.m., CityCube Halls A4 + A5). Additional information is available at www.itb-convention.com . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . As of now you can obtain accreditation for ITB Berlin 2020 online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/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. 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Berlin Travel Festival 2020: Get your Early Bird ticket now

12/06/2019
Tickets are on sale now for the partner event of ITB Berlin – Exclusive press conference for the media on 6 March 2020 – Berlin Travel Festival Convention with Shop Shift and Travel Massive Forum for travel professionals and trade visitors – New: Berlin Travel Festival Start-up Award Save the date: media representatives are being invited to register for the press conference at Arena Berlin on Friday, 6 March 2020, where they can find out first-hand about the three-day Berlin Travel Festival and the Berlin Travel Festival Convention, along with Shop Shift and Travel Massive Forum. From 6 to 8 March 2020 the official partner event of ITB Berlin (4 to 8 March) will take place for the third time in succession. Taking as its slogan ‘Where is Paradise’ the festival targets visitors in search of adventure, with a new perspective on travel and who are looking for inspiration. Tickets are on sale now on the website at www.berlintravelfestival.com/tickets/ . Why not take advantage of our Early Bird ticket prices which apply until 31 December 2019. At the Press Preview on 6 March 2020 Bernd Neff, co-founder and managing director of the Berlin Travel Festival, will present the concept and highlights of this year’s event in which some 200 international exhibitors and 150 speakers are expected to take part and which will also feature numerous master classes and screenings. ”We are looking forward to spending three great festival days together with our visitors. With the Berlin Travel Festival Start-up Award we are also honouring creative new concepts and business models for the first time”, said Bernd Neff. Following the press conference tours will take place of the exhibition and Campus Area. Berlin Travel Festival Convention: Shop Shift and Travel Massive Forum Directly after the press conference the Berlin Travel Festival 2020 will open its doors to all visitors. The one-day convention for industry insiders and innovators will begin at the same time. The conference consists of two modules which are organised in cooperation with selected partners. Shop Shift will examine disruptive and transformative retail concepts and ask the question ”How do you actually sell anticipation?” Shop Shift is organised by the agency Dan Pearlman , the experts in holistic brand experiences. The Travel Massive Forum is organised by the world’s largest community of travel professionals and will devote itself to the future of travel. This is where new ideas and forward-looking solutions from the community will provide a comprehensive overview of the travel industry and where attendees will find ample opportunity to exchange views and learn from each other. Additional programme information is available at www.berlintravelfestival.com/convention . Debut for the Berlin Travel Festival Start-up Award This year, in cooperation with Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. , the crowdfunding platform Startnext and the business magazine Business Punk , the Berlin Travel Festival Start-up Award will be presented for the first time. Around 30 start-ups exhibiting their innovations at the festival can apply. The winners will be announced on the Nest Stage on Sunday, 8 March 2020 and can look forward to receiving individual media and consultancy services and a free stand at the Berlin Travel Festival 2021. In addition to the Jury Award there will also be a People’s Choice Award. Visitors will be able to vote for the eventual winner during the three days of the event. For additional information on the Berlin Travel Festival: www.berlintravelfestival.com . Accreditation of the press for the Berlin Travel Festival Accreditation for the Press Preview on Friday, 6 March 2020 (from 9.30 a.m.) and the three-day festival can be obtained at www.berlintravelfestival.com/accreditation/ at any time. For full details of the accreditation procedure please consult the accreditation guidelines at www.berlintravelfestival.com/accreditationguidelines/ . After the press conference a shuttle service will be available to ITB Berlin. Venue Arena, Berlin, Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin Dates and opening times 6 March 2020: 12 midday to 7 p.m. 7 and 8 March 2020: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets & prices Early Bird prices apply until 31 Dec. 2019 (not valid for Sneak Peek tickets). After this date the following prices apply: Sneak Peek € 5 (available only for 6 March 2020, 12 midday – 7 p.m., includes one accompanying person) Day ticket € 15 (valid Saturday or Sunday) Weekend ticket € 25 (valid Saturday and Sunday) Family ticket € 25 (valid Saturday or Sunday) Group ticket € 50 (valid Saturday or Sunday, max. 5 persons) Business Convention ticket € 49 Admission for ITB Berlin trade visitors € 0 (ITB trade visitor pass required) Admission for the public to ITB Berlin: 2 for 1 (admission is free for children under the age of 16) The partner event of ITB Berlin also has special ticket offers for visitors to ITB Berlin: - From 6 to 8 March trade visitors to ITB Berlin will be admitted free of charge to the Berlin Travel Festival, on condition that they register on the ticket shop page at www.berlintravelfestival.com/tickets/ and present confirmation of registration and a valid ITB trade visitor pass on admission. - Holders of a day ticket to the Berlin Travel Festival and a visitor’s ticket to ITB Berlin may be accompanied by a second person to ITB Berlin free of charge. Only the ticket to the Berlin Travel Festival need be presented for admission to ITB Berlin. About the Berlin Travel Festival The Berlin Travel Festival is a globally unique format with a focus on new visions for travel. The three-day event presents what travelling means in today’s world – from how travel arrangements are made to how people capture and share their experiences. As an event targeting a new generation of travellers the Berlin Travel Festival is committed to innovative, sustainable concepts and a better future together. Ecological and social responsibility is a core element of the festival’s philosophy. The festival embraces a new awareness in the travel and tourism sector and regards it as its task to promote a dialogue and discussions with experts, brands and travellers. The Berlin Travel Festival is organised by I LOVE TRAVEL GmbH in partnership with ITB Berlin and will take place from 6 to 8 March 2020 at Arena Berlin. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . As of now you can obtain accreditation for ITB Berlin 2020 online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/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 and IPK International: Growth in outbound trips from Europe

12/02/2019
High growth from Eastern Europe – City breaks are booming – Above-average rise in trips to Germany – Growth forecast for 2020 – ITB Berlin to present Europe’s latest travel trends from the World Travel Monitor® by IPK International During the first eight months of 2019 outbound trips from Europe rose by 2.5 per cent. Outbound trips from Eastern Europe recorded a higher growth rate than those from Western Europe. At plus seven per cent, city breaks registered a strong increase again. The increase in trips to Germany by four per cent was higher than the European average. The first trend analyses of IPK’s World Travel Monitor® forecast higher growth in outbound trips from Europe for 2020. The World Travel Monitor® is based on the results of representative interviews with more than 500,000 people in over 60 countries worldwide. It has been compiled for more than 20 years and is recognized as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends. Compared with last year weaker growth After a strong rise by five per cent last year, during the first eight months of 2019 outbound trips from Europe increased by 2.5 per cent, a weaker figure than last year and below the global average of 3.9 per cent. Europe’s source markets reflect different trends Looking at Europe’s individual source markets, noticeable is the above-average growth in Eastern European countries, which was much higher than in Western Europe. During the first eight months of 2019 outbound trips from Russia rose by seven per cent, from Poland by six per cent and from the Czech Republic by five per cent. By comparison, the growth rates of Western Europe’s source markets were significantly lower. Outbound trips from Germany rose by two per cent, as did those from the Netherlands and Switzerland. At three per cent, the growth in outbound trips from Italy and France was somewhat higher. Trips to Europe and America more popular than to Asia As regards destination choices, during the first eight months of 2019 trips to Europe performed better (plus three per cent) than to Asia (two per cent). Long-haul trips by Europeans to America, which in recent years had risen only slightly, were on the increase again (plus three per cent). Slight growth in Spain – trips to the UK are in decline After stagnating last year, Spain, Europe’s most popular holiday destination by far, achieved a slight growth again (one per cent). However, the outperforming destinations during the first eight months of the year were above all Turkey, Portugal and Greece. At four per cent, also Germany registered an above-average increase in visitors from Europe. By contrast, the UK again recorded a drop in visitors (minus five per cent). City breaks continue to grow Overall, holiday trips increased by three per cent during the first eight months of 2019. At seven per cent, city breaks were the biggest growth driver in the holiday market, followed by countryside holidays and cruises, which both grew by five per cent. Sun and beach holidays, still the most popular holiday type, registered two per cent growth over the same period. Round trips, after increasing significantly last year, rose by only one per cent so far this year. Higher growth expected for 2020 IPK International forecasts that in 2020 outbound trips by Europeans will increase by three to four per cent, thus a higher growth rate than in 2019 will be expected. This forecast is based on the findings of the “World Travel Confidence Index”of IPK International, which as part of World Travel Monitor® polls people's travel intentions for the next 12 months. Further conclusive results showing 2019 travel trends will be published in future press releases. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the final findings of the World Travel Monitor® for 2019 at the ITB Future Day of the ITB Berlin Convention along with forecasts for 2020. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 7 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com, www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom. As of now you can obtain accreditation for ITB Berlin 2020 online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/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 and IPK International: International tourism continues to grow

11/15/2019
Differing trends in the continents characterise 2019 – Above-average growth by Asians contrasts with decline in Latin American outbound travel – General outlook for 2020 positive – ITB Berlin presents the latest global trends of the World Travel Monitor® by IPK International As in previous years international tourism continues to grow in 2019, though not quite as strongly as before. During the first eight months of this year outbound trips increased worldwide by 3.9 per cent, one percentage point below 2018. This year, Asia again recorded the highest growth in international travel, while Latin America saw a decline. Overall, the first trend analyses of IPK’s World Travel Monitor® indicate outbound travel will continue to grow also in 2020. The World Travel Monitor® is based on the results of representative interviews with more than 500,000 people in over 60 countries worldwide. It has been compiled for more than 20 years and is recognized as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends. Outbound trips by Asians driving global growth At six per cent, Asia reported the world’s highest growth during the first eight months of this year, as it did in 2018. China, by far the continent’s largest source market, contributed to this upward trend with an above-average growth of nine per cent. During the first eight months foreign trips by North Americans rose slightly above average, at 4.5 per cent. Foreign travel by Europeans increased too, although at 2.5 per cent they ranked well behind Asia and North America – and below last year’s figure. In contrast, during the first eight months foreign trips by Latin Americans reflected a negative trend with a year-on-year decline of three per cent. Asia also a popular travel destination Interest in Asia as a travel destination likewise shows an upward trend. With a six per cent increase in visitors during the first eight months, it recorded higher growth than any other region in the world. Trips to Europe are popular too, with a global visitor growth by 3.5 per cent, whereas trips to America only rose by two per cent. Further increase in holiday trips During the first eight months of 2019, holiday trips increased globally by four per cent, while business travel stagnated. However, this reflects two divergent trends. ”On the one hand we have the still-expanding MICE travel market, which during the first eight months grew by two per cent, and in contrast the traditional business travel, which shrank by four per cent over the same period“, said Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International. City breaks are booming again – increase in cruises After moderate increases last year, city breaks came back with strong growth with eight per cent during the first eight months of 2019. With a global market share of close to 30 per cent now, city breaks rank only slightly behind sun and beach holidays, which recorded a two per cent rise during the first eight months. As well as round trips, which increased by three per cent, the cruise market expanded too. Compared with last year its growth by six per cent and therefore above average. Safety image of travel destinations Asked about the terror threat of individual destinations, the majority of global outbound travellers still rank destinations like Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia as particularly unsafe. The possibility of terror in these countries is seen as very high. With regard to safety, the USA, Mexico, South Africa and France also have a poor image. In contrast, travel destinations like, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Portugal as well as Australia and Canada are perceived as safe, where the terror threat is seen as low, according to the latest findings from September of this year. Positive outlook for 2020 Despite political and economic instability around the world, the data on travel intentions collected by IPK International points to a positive outlook for next year: For the global outbound travel market IPK forecasts for 2020 a plus of four per cent. Outbound trips by Asians are expected to record the highest growth with five per cent. For the European outbound trips a growth rate of three to four per cent will be expected and for the Americans of three per cent. These forecasts are based on the findings of the “World Travel Confidence Index” of IPK International, which as part of World Travel Monitor® polls people’s travel intentions for the next 12 months. Further conclusive results showing 2019 travel trends will be published in future press releases. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the final findings of the World Travel Monitor® for 2019 at the ITB Future Day of the ITB Berlin Convention along with forecasts for 2020. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 7 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com, www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom. As of now you can obtain accreditation for ITB Berlin 2020 online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/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 Buyers Circle: The exclusive meeting place for leading buyers

11/06/2019
Access to a premium circle at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show for the best buyers in the tourism industry – Numerous advantages for members – The application deadline is 14 February 2020 – New: HOME OF LUXURY by ITB As of now ITB Berlin (4 to 8 March 2020), is inviting leading buyers from around the world to apply to become one of only 1,000 members of the ITB Buyers Circle. Applications should be submitted to www.itbbuyerscircle.com . Candidates will be assessed on an individual basis. Details and application forms are available online at www.itbbuyerscircle.com . Our partnership with Loop and Luxury Hotel & Spa Management Ltd. means that for the first time luxury buyers can attend the new HOME OF LUXURY by ITB – the exclusive meeting place for luxury buyers at ITB Berlin at the Marshal Haus of Messe Berlin. Participation in the HOME OF LUXURY also includes membership of the current ITB Buyers Circle at ITB Berlin 2020. National and international decision-makers from the leisure, business travel and MICE sectors, as well as startups, can take advantage of the free services offered by the ITB Buyers Circle. The exclusive 90-minute ITB Speed Networking event will be taking place on the morning of Thursday, 5 March 2020 for the sixth time. A pre-matchmaking system ensures buyers can target those exhibitors whose products interest them. Furthermore, members of the ITB Buyers Circle will be the first to receive invitations to all the important themed networking events. For the first time, buyers registered at ITB Berlin as trade visitors will also be able to take part in the ITB Speed Networking event. All buyers who register when they purchase a trade visitor ticket will be automatically assessed, and subject to meeting the qualification criteria will be received an emailed invitation to the ITB Speed Networking event. For members of the ITB Buyers Circle admission to the ITB Speed Networking event is free of charge. As participation numbers are limited and matchmaking will take place only from 10 to 27 February 2020, trade visitors are advised to make their purchase early from the ticket shop, which is online as of November. The senior buyers of the ITB Buyers Circle benefit from numerous services which save time and significantly improve efficiency as well as ensuring a pleasant stay at the show. The ITB Buyers Circle Lounge at the Marshall Haus offers a tranquil atmosphere where Wi-Fi, refreshments and a quiet area are available to the selected members. Buyers can make use of the Open Networking Area in the gallery and separate meeting rooms, which can be booked in advance, for in-depth meetings with exhibitors away from the bustle of the fair. Other advantages of the ITB Buyers Circle include free admission, including to the ITB Berlin Convention, early access via a fast lane to the exhibition grounds from 8.30 a.m., and shuttle services. At the last ITB Berlin in March 2019 50 per cent of the members had at least five million euros at their disposal, 50 per cent were from companies with more than 100 employees, 60 per cent had previously visited ITB Berlin at least four times, and 70 per cent operated in Europe. 80 per cent were involved in the final decision-making process, 70 per cent were interested in European destinations, 30 per cent in Africa, 40 per cent in Asian destinations, 20 per cent in the USA, 10 per cent in Australia and Oceania, and a further 10 per cent in Central and South America. As an international umbrella brand, ITB unites four individual show profiles from Germany (ITB Berlin), Singapore (ITB Asia) China (ITB China) and India (ITB India), and is active all year round on the tourism industry’s strongest growth markets. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . As of now you can obtain accreditation for ITB Berlin 2020 online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/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 .

HOME OF LUXURY by ITB – A new way to experience luxury

11/04/2019
New exhibition area for luxury service providers – Debut for a handbook featuring basic information and new perspectives on luxury tourism – ITB Berlin Convention discusses future trends The luxury market is reporting strong growth: according to a recent survey by Statista, luxury travel currently accounts for 14 per cent of tourism sales worldwide, equivalent to 750 billion euros this year. With its new HOME OF LUXURY by ITB at the Marshall Haus of Messe Berlin, and in partnership with loop and Luxury Hotel & Spa Management, from 4 to 6 March 2020 the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show® will be providing an exclusive platform for this growing travel market for the first time. As the name suggests, the ’New Home of Luxury Tourism’ is more than simply an exhibition area for the luxury market. Individual topics will be assigned to different living areas, as in a private house, where ‘New Luxury’ can be experienced under the heading ’Back to Nature’ . The Garden, The Terrace, The Library and The Lounge are where providers and buyers of luxury products can congregate in a special, almost private atmosphere, hold meetings, meet for pre-arranged individual talks, lunch together, take part in networking sessions, and round off the first day with drinks after work. The Friday of ITB will be an ‘open networking day’, which will invite exhibitors and trade visitors to meet exclusively at the HOME OF LUXURY by ITB and give them the opportunity to establish contacts and follow trends outside the Marshall Haus and everywhere at ITB Berlin. New handbook examines the luxury market A new handbook entitled Basic Information and Perspectives on Luxury Tourism - Customer Behaviour - Paradigm Shifts - Market Trends - Best Practices examines the phenomenon of luxury tourism from numerous perspectives, with a special focus on the trends that will dominate the luxury market in the future, as well as offering concrete advice to luxury providers. Its authors are the publisher Prof. Roland Conrady, Head of the ITB Berlin Convention, David Ruetz, Head of ITB Berlin and Marc Aeberhard, Luxury Hotel & Spa Management Ltd., all of whom are involved with the ITB Berlin Convention. In the handbook, numerous experts, including leading scientists and senior executives, dwell on topics ranging from developments in the macro-environment of the tourism market, the marketing management of luxury providers, to mega tourism trends and their relevance to the luxury market. Leading-edge examples and case studies of the tourism market round off this work, which is a guide for practicians, senior executives, employees, tour operators, students and trainees in the tourism industry, for whom it is intended to serve as a manual for tourism developments and strategy concepts. The luxury tourism handbook is available in German from Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden and will be published in English to coincide with ITB Berlin 2020. ITB Berlin Convention provides an insight into tomorrow’s luxury market trends The growing importance of the luxury travel market will also be a key topic at the ITB Berlin Convention 2020. On ITB Marketing & Distribution Day (Thursday, 5 March 2020), three sessions will take place in a row starting at 3 p.m. They will include the much-awaited presentation of the exclusive Luxury and Sustainability Report by ITB/Travelzoo and the ITB Hospitality Executive Panel, which will ask whether luxury and sustainability contradict each other or will be an absolute necessity in tomorrow’s luxury hotel industry. The third session will look at premium customers’ changing attitudes towards luxury and what that means for tourism destinations, the hotel industry and tour operators. Additional information will be available online in December at www.itb-convention.com/Program/ . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 7 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com, www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom. As of now you can obtain accreditation for ITB Berlin 2020 online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/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 .

Services for the press at ITB Berlin 2020

10/31/2019
Accreditation available online now – New: Media Hub at hub27 – Modern Media Centre provides comprehensive information and services – Save the date: press events at ITB Berlin 2020 From 4 to 8 March 2020 thousands of journalists and bloggers from around the world are again expected to attend the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In order to offer journalists the best possible working conditions ITB Berlin will be providing extensive media services, including online accreditation, press material for individual parts of the media and a fully equipped Media Centre with workplaces for journalists in Hall 6.3. Furthermore, the Media Hub in hub27 , our newly opened multi-purpose building, will provide a modern working environment. Online accreditation You can obtain accreditation online as of now at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Press/Accreditation/ . Please observe the accreditation guidelines. After your application has been processed and approved you will receive an email with your accreditation for ITB in the form of a PDF document which you can print out. Note: Please under all circumstances obtain accreditation online. This will save you obtaining accreditation and long waiting times at the event. Upon presentation of your ITB press badge you can also obtain free admission to the Berlin Travel Festival , the partner event of ITB Berlin. Advance registration is required: www.berlintravelfestival.com/accreditation/ Accreditation at the event Representatives of the media can obtain accreditation online for the entire duration of ITB Berlin. Journalists who have not registered early can obtain accreditation with the relevant documents on the exhibition grounds. As of December 2019 you can find out about accreditation options at the event at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Press/Accreditation/ . Press badges for ITB Berlin 2020 are valid from 3 to 8 March 2020, daily from 8.30 a.m. until closing time and grant admission to ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention. The badges issued are non-transferable and valid only in combination with a personal ID. Many exhibitors will also be using special areas in order to meet and entertain trade visitors, the media, and access to these areas may require separate registration with the exhibitor in question. Save the date: press events at ITB Berlin 2020 at a glance Press conference on the highlights of the Open Weekend for the public at ITB Berlin on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 . Time and venue to be announced. Opening press conference of ITB Berlin 2020 on Tuesday, 3 March 2020, 10 a.m. , Palais am Funkturm, Hammarskjöldplatz, Berlin. Opening tour of ITB Berlin on Wednesday, 4 March 2020 . Date and time to be announced. You can find a list of all registered press events at ITB Berlin at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Press/ . Details are updated at regular intervals. Media Centre at ITB Berlin The Media Centre is the place to head for the media at ITB Berlin. This is where journalists and bloggers can find a state-of-the-art working environment and a wide range of information services and material. The entrances nearest to the Media Centre are the main south entrance and the CityCube: Map of Exhibition Grounds . The state-of-the-art Media Centre in Hall 6.3 is open from 3 to 8 March 2020, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is where you can find: - the ITB Berlin press team, - press material from the organisers, - around 200 workplaces for journalists, - a lounge area and adjacent bar for the press, - the latest news, event times and dates, - free Wi-Fi connections and Wi-Fi workplaces, - editorial offices, - exhibitors’ press boxes. On the Alpha level of hub27 , from 4 to 8 March 2020, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. you can also find: - the Media Hub, with workplaces for journalists, - a press conference room, - New: PR agencies, - the ITB Blogger Base, - a cloakroom for the media. Please note that lockers will not be available due to the strict security measures in place at the ITB Berlin Media Centre. Please use the cloakrooms at the entrances. Service charges will apply. ITB Newsroom and updates for the press You can find all the latest news about ITB Berlin online in the ITB Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . The latest press releases and press images can be found at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Press/ . These may be used for editorial purposes. Virtual Market Place® at ITB Berlin The Virtual Market Place® has information about exhibitors 365 days a year, including company profiles, products and press contact details. As a member of the media you can: - research exhibitors and products – including by topic or hall - make appointments with exhibitors via this platform and request additional information Entry permits: Radio and television outside broadcast vehicles can obtain entry permits on request. Contact: ITB-Logistics@messe-berlin.de Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries. We look forward to welcoming you in March at ITB Berlin 2020. The ITB Berlin press team Contacts: Julia Sonnemann, PR Manager ITB Berlin Tel.: +49 (0)30 3038 2269, email: julia.sonnemann@messe-berlin.de Olga Kruglova, PR Assistant ITB Berlin Tel: +49 (0)30 3038 2258, email: olga.kruglova@messe-berlin.de About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 8 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com , www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom . Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.com/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

Services for bloggers at ITB Berlin 2020

10/31/2019
Accreditation available online as of now – ITB Blogger Base now located at the new hub27 – Modern Media Centre in Hall 6.3 provides comprehensive information and services – Save the date: press events at ITB Berlin 2020 Berlin, 31 October 2019 – From 4 to 8 March 2020 thousands of journalists and bloggers from around the world are again expected to attend the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. With the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event and the eTravel World (www.itb-berlin.de/en/ITBBerlin/DestinationsSegments/ETravelWorld/), ITB Berlin – the must-go event of the year for all travel bloggers – provides the perfect platform for meeting leading decision-makers in one place in a short space of time. Next year, the ITB Blogger Base will be relocating to the new hub27 where it will provide an ideal working environment. ITB Berlin is also offering numerous other services to ensure that your visit will be a success. Online accreditation You can obtain accreditation online as of now at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Press/Accreditation/ as a blogger at ITB Berlin 2020. Please observe the accreditation guidelines. After your application has been processed and approved you will receive an email with your accreditation for ITB in the form of a PDF document which you can print out. Bloggers may only obtain accreditation online. During ITB Berlin bloggers will not be able to obtain accreditation at the event’s media counters. Accreditation grants admission to ITB Berlin (4 – 8 March 2020) and the ITB Berlin Convention (4 – 7 March 2020). It does not automatically include registration for the Blogger Speed Dating event. Blogger IDs for ITB Berlin 2020 are valid from 3 to 8 March 2020, daily from 8.30 a.m. until closing time. The badges issued are non-transferable and valid only in combination with a personal ID. Many exhibitors will also be using special areas to meet and entertain trade visitors, the media and bloggers, and access to these areas may require separate registration with the exhibitor in question. Upon presentation of your ITB Blogger badge you can obtain free admission to the Berlin Travel Festival, the partner event of ITB Berlin, on all three days of the event. Advance registration is required: www.berlintravelfestival.com/accreditation/ ITB Blogger Speed Dating event ITB Berlin is offering all accredited bloggers the opportunity to take part in the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event free of charge . A chance to network and collaborate! The event will take place on Thursday, 4 March at the CityCube. Registration for the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event will commence in December 2019. You can then register online at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Visitors/TradeVisitors/Blogger/. Attention: Due to high demand we cannot guarantee your participation in the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event. Full details can be found at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Visitors/TradeVisitors/Blogger/. ITB Blogger Base From 4 to 6 March 2020 at the new hub27, the ITB Blogger Base is where from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the blogging community will be meeting to network or simply recharge their batteries. Free Wi-Fi, a relaxed working atmosphere and charging points will invite bloggers to gather here. More information will be available soon. Stay tuned. #itbberlin is looking forward to your visit. Save the date: press events at ITB Berlin 2020 at a glance Press conference on the highlights of the Open Weekend for the public at ITB Berlin on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 . Time and venue to be announced. Opening press conference of ITB Berlin 2020 on Tuesday, 3 March 2020, 10 a.m. , Palais am Funkturm, Hammarskjöldplatz, Berlin. Opening tour of ITB Berlin on Wednesday, 4 March 2020 . Date and time to be announced. You can find a list of all registered press events at ITB Berlin at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Press/. Details are updated at regular intervals. Media Centre at ITB Berlin The Media Centre is the place to head for the media at ITB Berlin. This is where journalists and bloggers can find a state-of-the-art working environment and a wide range of information services and material. The entrances nearest to the Media Centre are the main south entrance and the CityCube: www.bit.ly/2WoVSwr. The state-of-the-art Media Centre in Hall 6.3 is open from 3 to 8 March 2020, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is where you can find: - the ITB Berlin press team, - press material from the organisers, - around 200 workplaces for journalists, - a lounge area and adjacent bar for the press, - the latest news, event times and dates, - free Wi-Fi connections and Wi-Fi workplaces, - editorial offices, - exhibitors’ press boxes. On the Alpha level of hub27 , from 4 to 8 March 2020, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. you can also find: - the Media Hub, with workplaces for journalists, - a press conference room, - PR agencies - the ITB Blogger Base and a cloakroom. ITB Newsroom and updates for the press You can find all the latest news about ITB Berlin online in the ITB Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en. The latest press releases and press images can be found at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Press/. These may be used for editorial purposes. Virtual Market Place® at ITB Berlin The Virtual Market Place® at www.virtualmarket.itb-berlin.de/en has information about exhibitors 365 days a year, including company profiles, products, as well as contact details for journalists and bloggers. As a blogger the VMP lets you: - research exhibitors and products – including by topic or hall - set up your own blogger profile so that you can be contacted by exhibitors and trade visitors - make appointments with exhibitors via this platform and request additional information Let’s network @ ITB Berlin Our social media channels provide the latest updates and are a direct link with our team. You can network with us over these channels. Become a fan of ITB Berlin on Facebook at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin. You can find colourful images on our Instagram account at www.instagram.com/itbberlin/ and numerous video clips on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ITBBerlin. ITB Berlin networks can also be found on Xing at www.bit.ly/2ppXhXq and LinkedIn at www.bit.ly/2NoslPk. Let’s connect. #itbberlin. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries: blogger@itb-berlin.de. We look forward to welcoming you in March at ITB Berlin 2020. The ITB Berlin press team Contacts: Julia Sonnemann, PR Manager ITB Berlin Tel.: +49 (0)30 3038 2269, email: julia.sonnemann@messe-berlin.de Olga Kruglova, PR Assistant ITB Berlin Tel: +49 (0)30 3038 2258, email: olga.kruglova@messe-berlin.de About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2020 will be taking place from Wednesday, 4 to Sunday, 8 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 4 to Saturday, 7 March 2020. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. 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Asia remains the largest tourism growth market

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

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

ITB Berlin 2020: eTravel World announces call for papers

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

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

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