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  • The 9th Accessible Tourism Day is taking place from 10.20 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, 12 March 2021 in addition to the ITB NOW congress (online).

    The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) expects again international visitors to attend the “9. Accessible Tourism Day”, including representatives from politics, the international travel industry, destination marketing organisations, associations, universities and the media.

    This year, the event will focus on how tourism experiences can be made possible for people with disabilities, even in times of a pandemic, and on the associated opportunities and challenges for tourism providers and destination management organizations (DMOs).

    The high priority that barrier-free tourism enjoys in Germany is underscored by the participation of Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Federal Government Commissioner for Tourism and for SMEs, and Jürgen Dusel, Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to People with Disabilities.

    The keynote speaker will be Neha Arora, founder of the Indian travel company Planet Abled, which specializes in the needs of people with disabilities and older travelers, and an expert in barrier-free travel.

    The event is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

    Please do not hesitate to register for this professional event on accessible tourism: www.germany.travel/tdbt

  • Wilde Tiere, bunte Natur und viel Kultur: Namibia präsentiert seine Vielfalt auf ITB Berlin NOW

    Impressive natural landscapes, wildlife and colourful coastal towns – Namibia offers all these things. As such it is a genuine place of desire. At ITB Berlin NOW the country will be exhibiting all its attractions.

    They include the Etosha and Bwabwata national parks and the many state-run and privately owned nature reserves where tourists can admire golden savannah landscapes, craggy mountain and rock landscapes and lush river surroundings – perfect settings for amateur photographers. Namibia’s fascinating animal kingdom with its giraffes, apes, elephants, delphins, seals and many other species enchant the country’s visitors – those interested can gain a first impression from the Brand Card.

    From a cultural point of view, the country in Africa’s south-west has a lot to offer too, and cities such as the capital Windhoek offer many attractions.

    A number of airlines fly to Windhoek several times a week, including Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines and starting in May, Condor.

  • In 2021 numerous highlights await visitors to Bavaria’s palaces – and at ITB Berlin NOW the Bavarian administration of state-owned palaces, gardens and lakes is reporting on what has been going on these last weeks and months.

    The fully refurbished episcopal quarters of the New Residence Bamberg were re-opened in autumn 2020 and new exhibition rooms were created in many houses. At the Residence in Ansbach for instance, a new permanent exhibition entitled “No duke without a horse“ awaits visitors.

    In future, visitors to the Marstallmuseum at Nymphenburg Palace in Munich can look forward to two new themes. The saddle and harness room has been refurnished so that the Marstallmuseum, which already houses the coaches and sleds of King Ludwig II., now also exhibits the requisite harnesses, saddlecloths and sled bells. In another room visitors can explore the history of the Munich Hof Marstall buildings – as soon as the pandemic situation allows of course.

    Franconian treasures are on show again this year in Kulmbach. At Plassenburg up until November, the Windsheimer collection features a special exhibition with a number of exhibits not previously shown to the public.

    At Würzburg Residence a new documentation room featuring objects, large-scale photographs and historical video clips has information for visitors on the palace’s refurbishment. Using available media, visitors can gain an insight into the many different steps that went into the successful restoration and reconstruction effort.

    For those unwilling to wait until the sites open their doors again, the website of the Bavarian palaces lets visitors explore...

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