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In partnership with ITB Berlin the leading event of the digital tourism industry will take place at the Marshall Haus on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds on 25/26 June

VIR Online Innovation Days focus on sustainability and innovation

In partnership with ITB Berlin the leading event of the digital tourism industry will take place at the Marshall Haus on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds on 25/26 June

Be it the Fridays for Future demonstrations or the most recent European election results – the signs in society clearly point towards sustainability. It is also one of two main themes at this year’s VIR Online Innovation Days held by Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V., to which the association is extending an invitation in late June at the Marshall Haus once again. The focus will also be on...

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Marine pollution has increasingly become a focus of discussion in the tourism industry.

Plastic – the issue on everyone’s lips

Marine pollution has increasingly become a focus of discussion in the tourism industry.

By now almost everyone should be aware of the negative effects of plastic waste on the environment and the oceans. Only recently, the international press reported a sad find: plastic at the deepest point on the planet in the Mariana trench. This alarming problem was the subject of numerous discussions at the ITB Berlin Convention. At the ITB CSR Day the founder of the organisation Travel Without Plastic pointed out how older hotel owners in particular are still conditioned to...

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ITB Berlin 2019: Technology, Tours und Activities

TTA is playing an increasingly important role in global tourism

Technology, Tours and Activities (TTA) celebrated its launch at this year’s ITB Berlin. In an interview, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) as well as Friederike Hansen and Juliane Gaebler, who are responsible for the TTA segment at ITB Berlin, give their assessment of events.

You participated in the launch of the new Technology, Tours und Activities (TTA) segment at ITB Berlin 2019. How did the show go for you? What successes did you record?

ATTA: The launch of this segment makes a lot of...

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ITB China 2019: David Axiotis

ITB China 2019: The World's largest, exclusive B2B travel trade show in China

In the space of three years ITB China has established itself as an indispensable event for China’s travel industry. An interview with David Axiotis, General Manager of ITB China.

The third edition of ITB China came to an end on 17 May 2019. How did it go?

David Axiotis: Very well. We had a total of 17,000 visitors, 2,000 more than last year. This year there was an even stronger focus on content and innovations, which was very well received by our visitors and industry partners. We also set the tone with Customized Travel, new...

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ITB China 2019 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

ITB China 2019 off to a fabulous start

ITB China 2019 was off to a fabulous start as the cream of the global and Chinese travel industry, including Jane Sun, CEO of online travel group Ctrip, James Liang, Co-Founder and Executive Board Chairman, Ctrip, and Leo Liu, President of Greater China, Wyndham Hotel Group, graced the opening ceremony of the premier Chinese travel trade event in Shanghai on Wednesday. Other dignitaries who featured in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the largest Chinese B2B travel trade show, being held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre, included - H.E. Sen. Gian Marco Centinaio (...

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The moving story of the daughter of the Sultan of Oman and Zanzibar – Tour operators are now reviving the memory of Oman and Zanzibar’s shared past – Oman is the partner country of ITB Berlin 2020

Salme, the Princess from Oman who called herself Emely and married a German merchant

The moving story of the daughter of the Sultan of Oman and Zanzibar – Tour operators are now reviving the memory of Oman and Zanzibar’s shared past – Oman is the partner country of ITB Berlin 2020

It is useful to know the background to this story In order to understand it. Geographically, Oman and Zanzibar are far apart. Oman lies on the eastern tip of the Arabian peninsula and the East African islands of Zanzibar are 30 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania. Some time around 1730 Saif bin Sultan II conquered a large part of the East African coast as well as Zanzibar...

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ITB China 2019: Italy is the official partner destination

Italian National Tourism Board newcomer and largest regional exhibitor – co-host of ITB China Opening Dinner on 14 May

Italy is the official partner destination of ITB China, set to take place from 15 – 17 May, in Shanghai. A corresponding agreement was signed by David Axiotis, General Manager of ITB China and Maria Elena Rossi, Marketing and Promotion Director of the Italian National Tourism Board during this year’s ITB Berlin. The Italian National Tourism Board will make its debut at China’s largest B2B travel trade show and will have a major presence in hall 1...

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Photo by Rachel Covello, OUTCOAST Photography

IGLTA honours ITB Berlin’s commitment to LGBT Travel

The LGBT+ community’s leading travel association presents the Vanguard Award to the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show in New York - Record participation with 660 attendees

Every year, the directors’ board of the IGLTA and the IGLTA Foundation present the IGLTA Honors. This year, the awards ceremony took place from 24 to 27 April at the Hilton Midtown New York City. The recipients at this event are individuals, companies and organisations who improve relations within the tourism community and also raise awareness of LGBT+ around the world. Rika Jean-Francois, CSR...

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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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