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Social innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism: Unique Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism honours 2021 winners

The Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism is the world’s first and only competition dedicated to social innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism. As in previous years and together with leading partners, ITB Berlin 2021 sponsored and accompanied the international event again. Three years ago it was launched by Prof. Dr. Claudia Brözel, professor at Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE). This year, besides HNEE and Travel Massive, the TUI Care Foundation, UNWTO and Social Innovation Academy (SINA) from Uganda...


Airlines: Flexible crisis management

Due to the pandemic, many airlines are offsetting their business route losses with flights to popular coastal destinations in the sun

Eurowings head Jens Bischof recently made the following announcement: with vaccination rates on the rise, his airline is reporting growth in business travel again, and accordingly is expanding its city routes. Thus, air travel is witnessing a genuinely new trend. During the pandemic, as is known, demand for business travel declined significantly. So in order to offset their losses many airlines have shifted...

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Encouragement is the way forward: Taking place in Frankfurt, the Travel Industry Club’s Award Night honoured innovative ideas in challenging times

On the evening of 13 September 2021, the Travel Industry Club’s (TIC) Award Night took place in front of a live audience comprising more than 100 industry members at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Frankfurt. ITB Berlin was a partner of the event.

As is known, in 2021 the tourism industry has faced considerable challenges again. With its impulse4travel initiative, the consultant network Realizing Progress and Verband Internet Reisevertrieb (VIR) have joined forces, and with more than 300 experts, scientists, decision-makers and visionaries have put together a...

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ITB Berlin uses its key role in the market to promote a dialogue with actors in the tourism value chain

Rika Jean-Francois will moderate a panel at the Sustainability Forum in Portugal and has been elected to the board of the GSTC for three years

ITB has a long tradition of supporting sustainability in tourism. The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show consistently supports environmental concerns as well as human rights and equal rights for minorities. Now, Rika Jean-Francois, CSR commissioner for ITB, is taking on two important roles.

On 16 and 17 September The World for Travel Forum, which is taking place in Évora, Portugal, will examine aspects of sustainable...


Promoting the trade show participants of tomorrow

ITB Berlin is to join a jury for the GIZ trade show pitch series for countries in Africa and South America

A boost for aspiring trade show participants: over the coming months the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will be holding a series of multi-day trade show pitches in selected countries in Africa, South America and Cambodia. These will all take place in a virtual format and target young entrepreneurs, start-ups and established companies alike. The aim is to find 10 to 15 especially promising companies who will deliver...


People are visiting cities again – but this time it’s different

At a virtual round table with tourism managers from Cologne, Frankfurt and Leipzig, lessons learnt from the coronavirus crisis were among the topics discussed

The global pandemic and resultant travel restrictions have seriously affected the travel industry. Images of deserted beaches and promenades in particular are a clear indicator that for the holiday hotel industry the upcoming period will be very difficult and will incur large financial losses. The fact that big cities have also been impacted by a decline in leisure and business travel was...


Finalists of the Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism 2021 Chosen

Top ten initiatives are 70% female-led, will start mentoring and coaching on 1 July

The ten finalists for the 2021 Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism were chosen on 15 June by 13 industry experts. They hail from ten different countries on six continents with initiatives being 70% female-led. The Social Entrepreneurship Competition in Tourism is the first and only worldwide competition focusing on social innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism and hospitality. The competition aims to empower social entrepreneurs and communities in travel destinations,...


The world is opening up again

After more than a year of the pandemic travel is opening up again, and depending on which country at different speeds

Around the world a state of emergency has existed for the last 12 months. The travel industry has been hardest hit, and in many places has come to a standstill. The world is gradually opening up again, not least due to good vaccination progress – although at vastly varying speeds.

In Asia and Australia the impact of the pandemic has been far less serious than in Europe or the Americas. In part, this...

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Concepts for a sustainable, fair and resilient tourism

OECD expert Alain Dupeyras at the ITB Berlin NOW Convention on the importance of best practice examples

Short term crisis management is of no longer of any use for tourism during and after the Covid 19 pandemic. “We cannot just act in the short term, we have to adopt a long term approach, develop a new concept for tourism and apply innovations", declared Alain Dupeyras, Head of Regional Development and Tourism Division for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD, in his keynote speech on Friday afternoon at the ITB Berlin NOW Convention...

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More added value, reduced emissions

Much needs to be done to equip tourism for the future: at the ITB Berlin NOW Convention experts are calling for fairer and more sustainable changes

Stumbling from one crisis to the next and not learning anything – this is something that tourism must avoid. For reasons of climate policy alone there is a need for new concepts to make travel more sustainable. This view was shared by the participants in a panel discussion at the ITB Berlin NOW Convention. But what form should changes take if they are to be fair and protect the climate? “Tourism will have to change...