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Headphones on! ITB Berlin successfully launches the Travel Hero Podcast

The new English-language business podcast series has got off to a flying start. With the Travel Hero Podcast, this year’s ITB Berlin was able to celebrate a genuine first. The concept: in the podcasts episodes Nico Gutjahr, a lively presenter who became popular with his web talk show – where he has hosted famous actors  and celebrities from all walks of life – conducts tête-à-tête interviews with  inspiring personalities from the tourism industry. The series kicked off with a Deep Dive session on ’Women in Travel Tech’, in which Charlotte Lamp Davies from A Bright Approach shares her...

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ITB Berlin is a long-standing partner of the Online Innovation Days, which will be held by Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. (VIR) on 25 and 26 June 2019 – The event will be held in German – The deadline for entering the Sprungbrett Innovators’ Competit

The industry meeting place for digital tourism professionals: VIR Online Innovation Days at the Marshall Haus at Messe Berlin

ITB Berlin is a long-standing partner of the Online Innovation Days, which will be held by Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. (VIR) on 25 and 26 June 2019 – The event will be held in German – The deadline for entering the Sprungbrett Innovators’ Competition is 15 April 2019

The meeting place of the who’s who of the digital tourism industry – at this year’s Online Innovation Days the theme focus of Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V. (VIR) is on ‘Sustainability in Tourism’. In addition to the final round of the ‘Sprungbrett’ competition for travel startups, the...

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ITB MICE FORUM: Companies are somewhere between stability and disruption

The changes currently taking place have shaken up companies. According to Nicole Brandes, International Management Coach and partner of Zukunftsinstitut, companies are in a situation somewhere between stability and disruption. It is all about meeting the challenges of tomorrow’s competitive market, and most senior executives regard “progress as going from  A to B“, said Nicole Brandes. “Maybe it makes them happy but it is not sustainable.“ From her long-term experience she knew that “behind success lies emptiness and helplessness.“ He who sets off into the unknown unleashes energy. “In an...

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ITB MICE FORUM: It is important not to explore the whole world, but one’s own too

Once upon a time discoverers set off into the unknown and were thought of as mad, was how Nicole Brandes, a partner of Zukunftsinstitut, began her keynote at the ITB MICE FORUM. People like James Cook or Jacques Piccard explored the world, and people and societies had time to take in new information and get used to it. “Today“, the author and international management coach who works with prominent figures said, “everything happens all at once.“ The Association of Event Organisers (VDVO) knew what they were doing when they invited the Austrian to share her thoughts on ’Digitalism and...

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Do not image a peach, but instead an apple with core that has many parts

8th Conference on Barrier-free Tourism at ITB Berlin

Do not image a peach, but instead an apple with core that has many parts

He came as a replacement for Thomas Bareiß, the parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy and member of the German Bundestag, and at the 8th Conference on Barrier-free Tourism at ITB Berlin immediately set the tone for his audience with a personal, spontaneous welcoming speech. “Accessibility is part of what Germany represents as a brand and travel destination“, said Government Executive Officer Alexander Stedtfeld of the Tourism Policy Department...

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Democracy needs inclusiveness

Democracy needs inclusiveness

8th Conference on Barrier-free Tourism at ITB Berlin

Jürgen Dusel, the federal government commissioner for matters relating to persons with disabilities, plays with the trade show’s names. According to the lawyer and politician, who has impaired eyesight, ITB Berlin 2019 is an “inclusive tourism trade show or a barrier-free, international tourism trade show.“ The slogan of his tenure is “Democracy needs inclusiveness”. In his view inclusiveness means everyone in this society sharing responsibility. There was a deeper, social dimension to accessibility, he said....

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ITB partner country Malaysia: Healthcare – quality care for your peace of mind

Five years ago she knew nothing about this area of the market, and now Sherene Azli, CEO of the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council MHTC, is presenting this new segment at ITB Berlin 2019. 15 media representatives have come to the press conference and the German Wellness Association has agreed to a partnership. The young lady from Malaysia has come to “physically get to know the Western European market“. The chances of selling medical tourism in Western Europe are not easy because of the 14-hour trip. However, it is possible to combine wellness stays, a pillar of the healthcare system, with...

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Dr. Rüdiger Leidner, CEO, Tourismus für Alle Deutschland e.V. [NatKo] and initiator of the Conference on Barrier-free Tourism

What is important is that the Conference on Barrier-free Tourism attracts attention and that it will take place again. It has attracted much more attention among participants. We have more attendees than we have time. One of the advantages is that the conference has been organised by the DZT. With TUI, we have the support of an international travel group which for the first time has committed itself to offering barrier-free services. It will promote the national Tourism for All certification system on medium-haul trips to hotels at holiday destinations. Personally, I am pleased that over...

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Kerstin Beise, incoming travel organiser, Accessible Indonesia Travel, Makassar

I am happy to be here. This is my first time, I have travelled far and want to take advantage of the opportunities offered by ITB Berlin. Booking advance appointments via the Virtual Market Place did not work so well for me. So I am all the more surprised to see so many familiar faces here at the Conference on Barrier-free Tourism . Once you are here, there are so many people to meet. I would like there to be an extra day to have more time with one another. Networking is so important, especially for us lone warriors, in order to give each other support. It being my first time here, I find...

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Jürgen Dusel, federal government commissioner for matters relating to persons with disabilities

In my view ITB Berlin represents inclusiveness and is an international, barrier-free tourism trade show. ‘Barrier-free ‘should be a sign of quality in the same way as sustainability. It benefits everyone. It cannot be achieved simply by the by and requires expertise and engaging with those involved. It is also worth noting that ’barrier-free’ means different things to different people, and that expectations of a tourism infrastructure and services are diverse. We would be well-advised to examine this topic against the backdrop of the demographic shift. I greatly look forward to the fact...

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