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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).

Mutmachen als Richtungsweiser: Im Rahmen seiner Award Night in Frankfurt zeichnete der Travel Industry Club innovative Ideen in herausfordernden Zeiten aus

Award Night_Tavel Industry Club

Live vor einem Publikum aus mehr als 100 Branchenvertretern fand am Abend des 13. September 2021 die Award Night des Travel Industry Clubs (TIC) im Radisson-Blu-Hotel in Frankfurt statt. Die ITB Berlin war einer der Partner der Veranstaltung.

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

Award Night_Tavel Industry Club

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.

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

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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.

ITB Berlin nutzt ihre Schlüsselstellung am Markt, um den Dialog mit Akteuren der touristischen Wertschöpfungskette zu fördern

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Rika Jean-Francois moderiert Panel bei Nachhaltigkeits-Forum in Portugal und wird für drei Jahre in den Vorstand des GSTC gewählt

Engagement für Nachhaltigkeits-Themen hat für die ITB langjährige Tradition. Die weltweit führende Messe der Reise-Industrie setzt für Umweltbelange ebenso kontinuierlich ein wie für Menschenrechte sowie die Gleichberechtigung von Minderheiten. Der CSR-Beauftragen der ITB, Rika Jean-Francois, werden aktuell gleich zwei Ehren zu Teil.

Concepts for a sustainable, fair and resilient tourism

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

More added value, reduced emissions

Climate protection measures in the hotel sector

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Analysis at the ITB Berlin NOW Convention: focusing on the objectives despite the crisis

Tourism requires sustainable supply chains

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Experts at ITB Berlin NOW: European harmonisation is important

The requirements of the new Supply Chain Law meet the interests of the tourism industry. However, there must be European harmonisation, insisted researchers, manufacturers and NGOs at ITB Berlin NOW.

World debut at ITB Berlin NOW

Sustainable event organisation: Just do it!

Supporting socially responsible tourism

Für die Förderung eines verantwortungsvollen Tourismus: Turismo de Portugal präsentiert auf seiner Brand Card der ITB Berlin NOW unter anderem eine neue Kampagne für Nachhaltigkeit

Turismo de Portugal is presenting a new campaign for sustainable tourism on its Brand Card at ITB Berlin NOW

Post-COVID-19: Economic Recovery, or sustainability first?

ITB VirtualCon - Panel participants and moderation: Lucienne Damm, Julia Massey, Randy Durband, Rika Jean-François and Peter-Mario Kubsch.

An ITB Virtual Convention on December 10 discussed the future of sustainable tourism in a post-pandemic world.

Themes included: “Will sustainability goals be sacrificed to the economic recovery of the tourism sector? And will the Covid-19 crisis be a catalyst or a pitfall for sustainability in tourism?” The answer was unanimous among the four industry leaders invited to share their opinions. All agreed that sustainability will be a major component of a brand new tourism world.

We Love Travel! Exhibitor News: Sustainability has high priority in Oman / A tour of Tunisia’s south

Tourism marketing in Oman is particularly focused on sustainable travel. That was a policy cornerstone of his country, said Salim Al Mamari, the Ministry of Tourism’s director of Sales & Marketing on Friday at the virtual We Love Travel! event, with a view to business after the coronavirus pandemic. The country was focused on doing everything to meet the needs of future generations where travel was concerned. He quoted a turtle reserve as an example, which was strictly protected by a decree from the sultan.

Being sustainable means being socially responsible too

The travel industry cannot overcome the coronavirus crisis by returning to business as normal. That was what the participants in Friday’s panel on sustainability at the virtual We Love Travel! event agreed upon. Quentin Walesch from the strategy consultancy WAALD took the view that making use of recycled materials was no longer enough. Inga Huijbrechts from Radisson Hotels reminded those present that according to surveys about two-thirds of customers were keen on sustainable travel. Greater transparency was needed in order to make that possible for them.

Oman: A land of smiles that amazes visitors

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 tr

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.

Where the industry discusses tomorrow’s trends:

The ITB Berlin Convention is the international tourism industry’s leading think tank – science head Prof. Dr. Roland Conrady gives his verdict three months after the event.

The ITB Berlin Convention is the international tourism industry’s leading think tank – science head Prof. Dr. Roland Conrady gives his verdict three months after the event.

Prof. Dr. Conrady – the ITB Berlin Convention has become the international tourism industry’s leading think tank. What do you think makes it so unique?

At this year’s VIR Online Innovation Days the digital industry focused its discussions on innovation and sustainability

At this year’s VIR Online Innovation Days, which in 2019 were once again hosted by ITB at Messe Berlin’s Marshall Haus, the focus was on topics of pressing concern. On day one ’Innovation’ was the dominant theme. With the rapid growth of competitors both at home and abroad, particularly in Asia, digital tourism companies are coming under pressure to quickly adapt.

Start of the 1st Global Tourism Competition and the 17 UN Global Goals

Only a moment ago these topics were still being debated at events at the ITB Berlin Convention 2019. In order to ensure that the ongoing discussion on the challenges of overtourism, mobility, polluted oceans, climate change, biodiversity loss and cultural heritage is kept alive until ITB Berlin 2020, on 18 March the first Global Tourism Competition will kick off together with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

News from Malaysia: ITB Berlin Partner Country 2019: Just How “Green” Can a Hotel Be?

Just How “Green” Can a Hotel Be?

Interview with Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director, Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel, AOS Conventions & Events, Frangipani Hotels & Resorts, Frangipani Natural Farms, Eco Green Design & Construction and Construction Wetland.

Anthony Wong is one of Malaysia’s pioneer inbound tour operators, working adventure tours from the 1970’s. We asked him how he got into the business.