Oman: A combination of breathtaking natural beauty and a kaleidoscope of historical events and legends
Without any high rise buildings or mass tourism: This quality destination on the Arabian peninsula with an outstanding range of attractions has a vibrant culture that is more than 5,000 years old, and is described by Germany’s largest tour operator TUI as “safe and easy to visit”.
Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said has brought the land of his forefathers into the modern day at astonishing speed. Strongly influenced by the years spent studying in Europe, on taking over as head of state in the early 1970s he acknowledged his responsibility for...more
Travel IT: The winner of the VIR start up competition "Sprungbrett 2019" lets users book camping holidays
Pincamp aims to start up a booking platform by the end of the year
Since it set up in November 2018 Pincamp, the winner of the VIR Innovation Award 2019, the competition for tourism startups, has been working hard to ensure that users can book camping holidays – initially in Germany, to be followed by neighbouring European countries popular with campers. The booking platform is to go online soon. Pincamp is the camping website of the motoring organisation ADAC. In early 2020 Pincamp is due to expand onto its first foreign market – Switzerland.
Destinations like Chernobyl attract more and more travellers from all over the world. But what is the fascination about the “dark”? In an interview Dr. Philip Stone, Executive Director, Institute of Dark Tourism Research (iDRT) at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England, talks about this phenomenon.
Dr. Stone, what’s the fascination about “dark tourism”?
In many ways, the term ‘dark tourism’ is simply an academic typology to denote travel to sites of death and disaster. That said, the fascination is inherent in our desire to witness sites of...more
The sultanate is a fascinating destination. According to a survey by German tour operators ahead of ITB Berlin 2020, organisers praise the lifestyle and culture of a country that does not appeal to mass tourism.
The product managers polled were unanimous in their praise for the warmth and relaxed nature of the Omanis, who in their openness and friendliness towards travellers make them feel welcome and “somehow a little bit at home“, says Jana Hake of SKR Reisen. They all agree that this “place where one can truly relax“, with its “charm of the unknown“, is waiting...more
Saxony and Russia are to date the only exhibitors to present their tourism services at ITB Berlin, ITB Asia, ITB China and ITB India. In an interview, Veronika Hiebl, managing director of Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Saxony mbH (TMGS), and Wolfgang Gärtner, head of Foreign Marketing at TMGS, explain how important it is for Saxony as a tourism destination to participate in four ITBs...more
Latest surveys and average statistics for camping sites
In the summer of 2019, in order to gain a more recent overview of the camping market and its economic importance for Germany as a travel destination, the tourism research organisation Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Institut für Fremdenverkehr (dwif) and GfK published their findings based on a 2018 caravan holiday survey. In its ’Camping Compass 2019’, the ADAC’s camping platform Pincamp has information on the average travel behaviour of German holiday campers.
Were it not for the fact that Oman has been in the catalogues of German tour operators for decades, against the backdrop of the current climate debate and talk about authentic travel and sustainability one might think they had only just discovered this travel destination. Product managers are unanimous in their praise for the partner country of ITB. In response to questions ahead of ITB Berlin 2020 they all describe Oman as a premium destination exuding, in the words of Heiko Blattler, Gebeco’s Orient/North Africa manager, the “charm of the unknown.” That is what makes the...more
ITB Berlin partners with Connect Thrive Summit
ITB Berlin recently showed its colours at an important LGBT+ event with its involvement in the Connect Thrive Summit. This event, whose focus is on the North American market, gathered leading players from the travel, sports and entertainment industries in the US, Canada and Central America and took place for the first time in early October in San Francisco, California. Representing ITB Berlin was Thomas Bömkes, founder and managing director of Diversity Tourism, who...more
On 18 October 2019 the most successful ITB Asia since its debut 12 years ago came to an end with more than 1,300 exhibitors and over 13,000 visitors from 132 countries and regions.
Record attendance at ITB Asia 2019: from 16 to 18 October 2019, with 1,300 exhibitors and more than 1,250 buyers in attendance, Asia’s leading travel trade show was the most successful in its 12-year history. Over 27,000 business appointments were made ahead of the show, a 7.4 per cent increase compared with last year. Overall, with more than 13,000 visitors from 132 countries and...more
Students at the PATA Youth Symposium in Kazakhstan received valuable tips and gained insights into the world of tourism
At the PATA Youth Symposium on 18 September 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, the participants learned how stories connect people all over the world. On day one of the PATA Travel Mart 2019, under the heading ’From Beginning to End: How Stories Connect Us’, 190 attendees from 11 educational establishments in Almaty and Nur-Sultan as well as international students from Malaysia, India and Canada took part in discussions. The event was organised by the...more