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ITB Personalities: Thomas Korbus, founder and managing director of ruf Reisen

ITB-Köpfe: Thomas Korbus, Geschäftsführer ruf Reisen

The Youth Travel Hall comes of age – Youth Travel 4.0

What new trends are there, what does the future of tourism hold, what direction will the industry take? Those are the issues that ITB Berlin will be debating, and which in my view make it so indispensable. This year I also find it fascinating to be able to look back, and for a very special reason. After 18 years the Youth Travel Hall has come of age. Happy anniversary!

As someone who also helped to launch it I am very proud. It was great fun helping it on its way and watching it flourish. The results are impressive.

ITB Personalities: Geoff Andrew, CEO Worldhotels

Geoff Andrew CEO Worldhotels

Global travelworld – all key contacts are here 

What news are you bringing to ITB Berlin 2017?

ITB Personalities: Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board (DZT)

ITB-Köpfe: Petra Hedorfer, Vorsitzende des Vorstandes der Deutschen Zentrale für Tourismus (DZT)

Definitive exhibition of tourism products in a unique atmosphere

It goes without saying that the DZT is a regular exhibitor at ITB Berlin. The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show and the National Tourist Board of one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations simply belong together. ITB Berlin is the definitive exhibition showcasing global tourism in our time. And in combination with the ITB Berlin Convention it acts as a barometer of future trends.

ITB Personalities: Burkhard Kieker, managing director of visitBerlin

ITB-Personalities: Juliane Gaebler, Senior Product Manager, ITB Berlin

Juliane Gaebler, Senior Product Manager, ITB Berlin

Artificial Intelligence and Bearing fire feeling

The new things I am bringing to ITB Berlin 2017…

… an additional hall for the eTravel World at ITB Berlin 2017.  Beyond Travel Technology itself, and driven in large part by enthusiasm, e-commerce, e-mobility, e-tickets and e-books have become the fastest-growing segment at ITB Berlin.

I am hoping for satisfied exhibitors and visitors, innovative products for tomorrow’s tourism industry, and positive meetings.

ITB Personalities: Claudia Gilles, Managing Director of the German Tourism Association (DTV)

Claudia Gilles, Hauptgeschäftsführerin Deutscher Tourismus Verband DTV e.V.

Focused business partners and interesting subjects

The German Tourism Association has always been a regular exhibitor at ITB. Today, no one really knows anymore whether we attended as an association when the show first began. Whatever the case, our members have always exhibited in large numbers, because German travel destinations attract the majority of tourists. That was so in 1961 and has remained so ever since. However, it is only as a result of recent widespread reporting that many now realise that Germans prefer to holiday in their home country.

ITB-Personalities: Richard Singer, President Travelzoo Europe

ITB-Personalities: Richard Singer, President Travelzoo Europe

Safety & Security - a complex topic no one should ignore

What news are you bringing to ITB Berlin 2017?

Travelzoo will be presenting the findings of a global research campaign about how consumers feel about safety and security in travel. Travelzoo colaborated with a leading UK Tourism University and Norstat research results from over 6000 consumers from the leading travel markets including Europe, Japan, South Africa, India and North America.

ITB Personalities: Felix Willeke, deputy managing director and head of Marketing, Lernidee Erlebnisreisen

Felix Willecke, stellv. Geschäftsführer und Marketingleiter Lernidee Erlebnisreisen

A home game with signature moments and an air of excitement

The news I am bringing to ITB …

ITB Personalities: Christian Böll, Managing Director EMEA, Norwegian Cruise Line

ITB Personalities: Thorsten Lettnin, Managing Director, Continental Europe, United Airlines

ITB-Kopf: Thorsten Lettnin, Managing Director Continental Europe, United Airlines

A standard for the future in aviation’s premium market segment

ITB-Personalities: Stephen Assimwe, CEO Uganda Tourism Board

Stephen Assimwe, CEO Uganda Tourism Board

Tourism brings the world together rather than apart

Which news am I bringing to ITB?

Since last May we are pushing tourism forward again to regain our position within Africa as premier safari destination. We just have been named as must visit destination by National Geographic and hope that many traveller will follow this advice. Our country hosts the largest mountain Gorilla population with 440 primates and the very good news is that the population is slowly growing again. We just had five gorilla babies born since Sep last year.