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Record exhibitor numbers at the eTravel World

Messe Berlin GmbH ·14 December 2018
Fully booked, bigger and with even more international exhibitors, the eTravel World now occupies three halls - Over 250 Travel Tech exhibitors are expected to attend - Payment solutions are a key topic - New segment at ITB Berlin: the marketplace for Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA)Demand by exhibitors for the Travel Technology segment is high. Despite the display area growing by around 20 per cent the eTravel World is already sold out and has a long waiting list. In the Travel Technology halls (5.1, 8.1 and 10.1) alone, where the focus is on distribution systems, travel agency / tour operator software and hospitality technologies, over 170 exhibitors are expected to attend. In order to satisfy the space requirements of this fast-growing segment at ITB Berlin the eTravel World now occupies three halls. From 6 to 9 March 2019 over 80 exhibitors from 20 countries will be presenting their innovations in the usual halls (6.1 and 7.1c) as well as in Hall 7.1b. Established companies and ambitious startups will be showcasing their latest products and ideas for the entire tourism industry, including booking systems, smart data specialists, payment systems and hotel apps. Experts will also be highlighting the latest developments in the world of apps, mobile websites, social media and blogging.Rapid exhibitor growth has led to a rise in international numbers and an increase in startups in particular. As well as regular exhibitors from France and Spain such as the startup platform Paris Welcome Lab and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), Israel and Ireland will also be represented at the eTravel World with national stands for startups. With more than a dozen first-time exhibitors, including BookingSuite, Travelor, Loopon, Ratehawk, Atomize and Gastromatic, the Hospitality Tech segment also reports strong growth. The number of tech companies offering payment systems and solutions which will be exhibiting at the show has also risen. In addition to the major players Wirecard and Concardis, big-name market leaders including Paypal, Six Payment Solutions and eCommpay will also be taking part."The growing interest shown by new exhibitors clearly reflects the dynamic situation in this market. Moreover, with their steady stream of new developments, established web and travel technology players are bringing more and more new solutions to ITB Berlin. At the same time a lot of startups are entering niche markets and can look forward to new business", said David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin.Experts provide a fresh impetus at the eTravel Lab and on the eTravel StageTwo of the major factors contributing to the eTravel World's success are the innovative sessions on the eTravel Stage in Hall 6.1 and the workshops at the eTravel Lab, now in Hall 7.1b. Keynote speeches by representatives of market leaders such as the Lufthansa Innovation Hub and Tripadvisor as well as lectures on AI and voice control will be providing new information on the key industry that is the travel technology market.On 6 March 2019, the Wednesday of the fair, one of the key topics will be payment systems. The market leaders Amazon Pay and Wirecard will be discussing this topic at numerous eTravel Lab sessions with the audience. Afterwards, the Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) Forum will be celebrating its debut. Lectures and workshops will have updates on the latest developments in In-Destination Services, a new segment at ITB Berlin.On the afternoon of Thursday, 7 March 2019, the Hospitality Tech Forum in cooperation with the Hospitality Industry Club will be hosting a number of new panels on customer relationship management systems (CRM), revenue management, guest communications and best case studies on upselling. Events will also include lectures on digitalisation and technology in the hotel industry, with a focus on AI, distribution and payment systems.On Friday, 8 March on the eTravel Stage, the eTravel Start-Up Day will be offering startups from around the world a platform and examining numerous perspectives on the future of the travel industry. Pitch 'n Panel is a new event format where industry specialists will be hosting investor panels and discussion rounds along with brief pitches from startups. Topics for discussion will be hospitality, aviation, mobility, travel bookings and services. Moreover, startups will be invited to present their products which have won competitions both at home and abroad. Co-organised with the Hospitality Industry Club, another new event, the Hotel Camp, will be taking place in Hall 7.1b on 9 March, the Saturday of ITB Berlin.For more information on the eTravel World please visit www.itb-berlin.com/etravel.

ITB Berlin and IPK International: European outbound travel grows by five per cent

Messe Berlin GmbH · 6 December 2018
Turkey recovers, Spain stagnates - Positive outlook for 2019 - ITB Berlin and IPK International analyse travel to and from EuropeBerlin, 6 December 2018 - Spain has been unable to maintain its strong growth of international visitors of recent years, while Turkey is attracting more holidaymakers again. Greece is also reporting rising visitor numbers. Following a steady decline in the past few years, tour holidays are back in favor with European tourists. Overall, European outbound travel grew by five per cent during the first eight months of the year. The outlook for 2019 is also positive. Further growth can be expected according to the World Travel Monitor conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin.Slowdown in European growthOn a global level, 2017 was an exceptionally good year, a development to which Europe contributed significantly. However, the first eight months of 2018 were unable to surpass those figures. Although European outbound trips increased by five per cent, that figure fell short of the seven per cent last year. "Rising oil prices and air fares have dampened European growth as well. However, the trend remains clearly positive", said Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International.Poland was the biggest source market for international travel, reporting a ten per cent growth year-on-year. Also Swedes and Russians undertook more trips this year, while the Italian, German and Austrian markets registered solid growth too. According to the IPK World Travel Monitor, which covers more than 90 per cent of global outbound travel, figures for Switzerland, Denmark and the United Kingdom were below average by comparison. Again, driving growth this year were trips within Europe, which increased by six per cent. A look at long-haul travel shows that trips to Asia grew by three per cent. At one per cent, trips to the Americas recovered slightly from last year's stagnating figures. Mexico, for instance, registered four per cent more visitors from Europe over the first eight months, while the USA reported an increase of one per centTurkey recovers - Spain stagnatesAmong European destinations Turkey is the clear winner, reporting almost 30 per cent more visitors. The developments were also very positive in Greece, with a 19 per cent increase over the first eight months. During the same period the UK registered a drop in visitors of approximately three per cent. After years of strong growth, the figures for Spain stagnated. "Despite a politically unstable period, Turkey has clearly managed to win back faith among travelers, said Dr. Martin Buck, senior vice president, Travel & Logistics at Messe Berlin. "Spain experienced a slight damper this year after the steep upward trend of recent years. However, as one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations Spain continues to attract high visitor numbers. "Europeans rediscover tour holidaysAmong Europeans, tour holidays are seeing a comeback this year with a growth of five per cent. Ever-popular sun & beach holidays were among this year's growth drivers during the first eight months. With a plus of eight per cent, their growth was clearly above average. In 2018 city breaks showed positive growth, albeit less than in previous years. After frequently reporting double-digit growth in the past they achieved average figures this year (six per cent). So far this year, holiday trips overall increased by six per cent. In contrast, business travel stagnated in 2018. Traditional business trips dropped by five per cent, while MICE travel increased by three per cent. During the first eight months of this year higher expenses and longer stays of European travelers have led to an eight per cent rise in total turnover.Positive outlook for 2019Looking ahead to 2019, IPK International forecasts a good year for the European outbound travel market and anticipates five per cent growth. In particular, Russian traveler numbers are expected to rise sharply by seven per cent. The signs are also positive for source markets like Denmark, France, Switzerland, Spain and Belgium. Europe's largest outbound travel market, Germany, is forecasted to grow by four per cent in 2019.Additional information on specific topics regarding World Travel Monitor data from IPK International will be published soon by ITB Berlin. Conclusive travel trend findings for 2018 will also be presented by the end of the year.Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the findings of the World Travel Monitor for 2018 at the ITB Future Day during the ITB Berlin Convention as well as forecasts for 2019. The World Travel Monitor is based on the results of representative interviews with more than 500,000 people in over 60 global travel markets. It has been published for more than 20 years and is recognised as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends.

ITB Berlin and IPK International: International tourism continues its success story with solid growth

Messe Berlin GmbH · 5 December 2018
Asia and South America report highest outbound growth - Tour holidays are making a comeback - Outlook for 2019 remains positive - ITB Berlin publishes the latest findings of the World Travel Monitor exclusively in January 20192018 has been a strong year for the tourism industry, which has registered uninterrupted growth in international trips around the world. In the first eight months of 2018 international outbound trips grew by six per cent worldwide, with Asia and South America recording the highest increases. According to the findings of the first trend analysis of the World Travel Monitor by IPK International, the outlook for 2019 also remains positive.Strong year for Asia and South AmericaAsians are as keen to travel as ever. Following below-average growth in 2017, this year Asia is on a strong recovery path with an increase of eight per cent. One contributing factor was the upswing in China, with notably more foreign trips than the previous year. Likewise another growth driver is Latin America with an increase of eight per cent. This can be mainly attributed to Mexico, which has recovered from last year's negative growth rates. According to the World Travel Monitor, between January and August 2018 trips by Europeans increased by five per cent, while North Americans went on four per cent more international trips.Also in terms of destinations, Asia had the strongest growth and recorded a plus in visitors of eight per cent. Europe follows with eight per cent more guests, while the Americas had an eight per cent increase. Looking at destination countries shows that the recent boom in trips to Spain has subsided somewhat in 2018 so far. At the same time, destinations, which have lately been shunned by visitors, are coming back. Turkey is the best example. With a remarkable 30 per cent increase in visitors compared to the same time last year, it is celebrating a strong comeback.Holidays biggest growth driverHoliday trips continue to be the main reason for traveling abroad - with a further increase of seven per cent. Visits to friends and relatives (VFR) grew by five per cent year-on-year. Business trips with a plus of three per cent increased below average. Traditional business trips actually declined in 2018 so far, whereas MICE travel, which accounts for the majority of business trips, increased by five per cent.City trips are losing momentum - revival of Tour holidaysLooking at the different types of holiday shows a slight shift in recent trends. City trips, one of the main growth drivers in recent years, still continue on an upward trend, however tailed off slightly during the first eight months of 2018. "This may be due partly to overtourism, which has lately received a lot of media attention and may possibly have kept visitors away from large cities", said Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International. "Sun & beach holidays are profiting from that and have overtaken city breaks in terms of growth, something we have not seen in a while. And tour holidays are making a recovery. After declining steadily in the past they have now grown by four per cent."Despite subsiding terror fears travelers prefer safe destinationsAccording to IPK International, the influence of terror threats has settled at a lower level. 38 per cent of international travelers claim that the recent instability and terror warnings will have an effect on their travel plans, compared to 41 per cent at the same time last year. This however is mainly leading to shift in destinations to those that are perceived as safe, rather than avoiding traveling altogether. Destinations regarded as being particularly safe include Switzerland, the Scandinavian countries, Canada and Australia. At the same time, other destinations such as Egypt and Tunisia, previously deemed unsafe, have been able to improve their negative image.Positive outlook for 2019The forecast for travel in 2019 remains positive: IPK International expects international trips to increase by around six per cent. The highest forecasts are for North and South America, with an expected increase of eight per cent. Asia is expected to grow by six per cent, followed by Europe with five per cent. These forecasts are based on the World Travel Confidence Index published by IPK International, which is compiled annually based on the views of the survey participants about their travel intentions for the coming 12 months.Further conclusive results showing 2018 travel trends will be published in subsequent trend telegrams. Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the findings of the World Travel Monitor for 2018 at the ITB Future Day of the ITB Berlin Convention along with forecasts for 2019. The World Travel Monitor is based on the results of 500,000 representative interviews in over 60 travel markets around the world. It has been published for more than 20 years and is recognised as the most widescale continuous survey of global travel trends.

ITB Berlin and IPK International forecast high growth of halal tourism

Messe Berlin GmbH ·14 November 2018
Muslims are the world's fastest-growing religious group and by 2030 (Source: www.pewrsr.ch/1hUQ1qG) will make up an estimated 25 per cent of the world's population. Furthermore, in some Muslim-dominated markets there is a thriving middle class with growing buying power and a new consumer behavior. One effect has been an increase of international trips undertaken by Muslims. To analyse their travel behavior more detailed ITB Berlin commissioned IPK International to conduct a special evaluation of the World Travel Monitor. In some aspects, Muslim travel behavior differs significantly from other groups. City breaks are more popular than Sun & Beach holidays for instance, and shopping is more important than visiting museums. Increasingly, customers also want to be able to observe their religious customs. A touristic offer that caters to Muslims' needs represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the travel industry.Specific aspects of halal travelAccording to Fazal Bahardeen, managing director of CrescentRating, the world's leading expert on halal travel, the difference lies in specific shared values among Muslims that are much stronger than among other communities, regardless of their nationality. Whereas many associate halal merely with the way food is prepared, it actually refers to everything that conforms to traditional Islamic law. For the travel industry that means fulfilling certain faith-based needs of Muslim travelers. This includes preparing food according to halal rules, adapting meal times during Ramadan, offering prayer facilities in hotels, providing separate swimming pools for men and women and offering entertainment that caters towards Muslims.High growth of Muslims traveling abroadCurrently, the most interesting source markets regarding the demand of international halal travel are Indonesia, India, Turkey, Malaysia and the Arab countries. According to IPK's World Travel Monitor, source markets with a predominantly Islamic population showed growth rates that were 40% higher in the past 5 years compared to the rest of the world. Strong growth is also predicteded for the years ahead. Thus halal travel offers huge growth potential for destinations around the world.City breaks top the listWorldwide City breaks and Sun & Beach holidays are the most popular holiday types. However, the picture looks different for international Islamic travel. Here, City breaks top the list with a market share of over one-third. Second-placed are Tour holidays, which is then followed by Sun & Beach holidays with only around half the market share compared to the total market.In general, for Muslims international holidays are less important than for other international travelers. By contrast, business trips, visiting friends and relatives and other leisure trips account for a bigger share of the market. Religious trips and pilgrimages in particular play a much greater role and make up ten per cent of foreign trips - which is ten times higher compared to the rest of the world with only one per cent market share.More shopping, less sightseeingApart from preferring other types of holidays, Muslims also tend to pursue different activities when traveling. Whenever they visit cities shopping is on top of the list. In contrast, sightseeing - the number one attraction for other travelers -visiting museums, or good food, is less important for this segment. Also Tour holidays are shaped differently with less focus on sightseeing or museum visits and more focus on nature and shopping instead.Germany is the most popular destination in EuropeFor Muslims traveling abroad the United Arab Emirates is the most popular destination worldwide. Germany comes second, followed by Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Singapore, which makes it the by far most popular destination in Europe. Looking at each continent, over 60 per cent of trips abroad by Muslims go to Asia (including the Middle East) and around one-third to Europe. By comparison, trips to Africa, North and South America only have a very small share of the market.Young and highly educatedMeasured against all other international travelers worldwide the percentage of female travelers from Islamic countries is below average. However, in recent years their numbers have increased steadily. Muslim travelers are much younger than average, with 75 per cent aged between 25 and 44. In terms of education, there is a larger share of those with high education levels.Additional information on specific topics regarding World Travel Monitor data from IPK International will be published soon by ITB Berlin. Conclusive travel trend findings for 2018 will also be presented by the end of the year.Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, will present the findings of the World Travel Monitor for 2018 at the ITB Future Day during the ITB Berlin Convention as well as forecasts for 2019. The World Travel Monitor is based on the results of representative interviews with more than 500,000 people in over 60 global travel markets. It has been published for more than 20 years and is recognised as the most widescale continuous survey examining global travel trends.

First LGBT+ Tourism Summit to take place in Malta

Messe Berlin GmbH ·12 November 2018
International experts will discuss market developments, new marketing strategies and the economic prospects for the LGBT travel segment - The Malta Tourism Authority is collaborating with ITB Berlin, the host of the first LGBT+ Tourism Summit from 22 to 23 November 2018Excellent prospects for the travel industry: from 22 to 23 November 2018 in Malta the first LGBT+ Tourism Summit will discuss the opportunities and challenges offered by gay and lesbian travel. International experts will present the latest survey findings, information on current LGBT online marketing trends, illustrate how prospects for business in LGBT+ tourism are developing, and highlight examples of best practices. Discussion rounds will also examine which factors play an important role in the LGBT tourism market.Ahead of the LGBT+ Tourism Summit Rika Jean-Francois, CSR officer at ITB Berlin, explained how the market has shifted: "With the LGBT+ community becoming more visible and gaining broader public acceptance, interest in the LGBT+ travel market has increased. LGBT travel has become one of the industry's fastest-growing markets worldwide and with an estimated 23 million LGBT customers Europe is an extremely important source market."On 22 November the Maltese tourism minister Dr. Konrad Mizzi will kick off the LGBT+ Tourism Summit with a press conference, followed by a reception at the Palace Hotel. Prime Minister of Malta Dr. Joseph Muscat will officially open the conference on 23 November. Opening the agenda, Carlo Micallef, deputy CEO and marketing head of the Malta Tourism Authority, will introduce the Mediterranean island as an ideal destination for LGBT tourists. Afterwards, Dr. Stephan Gellrich, an executive coach and senior expert at Accenture Consulting, will highlight the economic importance of this market.Peter Jordan of GenCTraveller, Amsterdam, will provide a comprehensive overview of the LGBT tourism market with data from the latest LGBT surveys. In his role as a tourism analyst he has authored the global report on LGBT tourism for the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations (UNWTO) together with the IGLTA, as well as the current manual on LGBT travel in Europe for the European Travel Commission (ETC). Tom Roth, president of Community Marketing & Insights, San Francisco, and an LGBT research partner of ITB Berlin, will present tourism research findings, case studies and best practices. Jaume Vidal of Visit Barcelona will highlight how marketing LGBT destinations can function successfully. Afterwards, representing IGLTA USA, LoAnn Halden will speak about the work of this leading LGBT travel association. A panel discussion chaired by Tom Roth will follow, at which Peter Jordan, Jaume Vidal, LoAnn Halden and Rika Jean-Francois will answer questions from the audience about which factors are important for destinations like Malta in order to successfully conquer the LGBT tourism market.The second part of the conference will deal mainly with marketing aspects. Among the speakers will be Rika Jean-Francois and Thomas Bomkes, the two representatives responsible for the LGBT Travel segment at ITB Berlin, who will talk about the importance of the segment's presence at the World's Leading Travel Trade Show. Matt Skallerud of Pink Banana Media, New York, will have information and valuable tips for marketing LGBT travel online in 2019. Two other examples of best practices will highlight successful hotel and event marketing business models. Philip Ibrahim of Accor Germany, will talk about the Pink Pillow marketing initiative of Visit Berlin, and Frederick Boutry of Visit Brussels will underline how important culture, sport and party events are for the LGBT segment. Taking Malta as an example, the conference will conclude with Philip Ibrahim, Frederick Boutry and Rika Jean-Francois discussing which criteria play an important role for LGBT+ customers' travel choices. At the subsequent networking session experts and conference attendees will have ample opportunity to discuss topics in depth and establish new contacts.Malta is Europe's friendliest destination for LGBT travellersWith its vibrant LGBT scene, Malta ranks among Europe's friendliest destinations for LGBT travellers. One reason is that in recent years LGBT issues have gained a high level of cultural acceptance in all parts of society. Another positive aspect is the law amendments recently passed by the Maltese government. This year, Malta once again tops the rankings of the ILGA Europe Rainbow Map and Index for 2018, which examines the human rights situation of LGBT people in 49 countries throughout Europe.With an overall rating of 91 per cent, Malta has achieved the highest standards in LGBT rights for the third year running and also widened the gap on other European countries. It is way ahead of Belgium, in second place with 79 per cent, and Norway, which is in third with 78 per cent.The first LGBT+ Tourism Summit, which is due to take place from 22 to 23 November 2018, is supported by the Malta Tourism Authority, ITB Berlin and the IGLTA.LGBT travel at ITB Berlin: www.itb-berlin.com/LGBT.

ITB Berlin and IPK International: Luxury Trips are increasing among Millennials

Messe Berlin GmbH ·25 October 2018
Millennials now largest age group for international travel - Growing share of luxury trips - City trips are number one holiday - ITB Berlin and IPK International analyse the travel behaviour of MillennialsAfter Baby Boomers and Generation X, Millennials are the next big key market and the largest age group for international travel. Usually defined as people born between 1980 and 2000, they are technology-savvy, highly educated and grew up with internet and digital communication. Millennials love going on city trips, and (at least some) are willing to spend big on travelling, with now half of all luxury trips being made by Millennials. These are the findings of a special evaluation of the World Travel Monitor, conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin.Strong growth ratesIn 2017, outbound trips of Millennials grew by 15% compared to the previous year and therefore twice as strong as the total market. Today's Millennials are between 18 and 38 years old and hold a market share of over 40% of all worldwide outbound trips, which means they make up the largest age group for international travel. However, it should be pointed out that this is group is quite inhomogeneous. While on the one side it contains those that are just about to leave school, on the other side, there are those in their thirties who already have a stable income and a life with kids.Increasing share of Luxury TripsWith more and more Millennials entering the workforce, there has also been increasing disposable income - with more money for travelling. Today, half of all international luxury rips (being defined as trips with expenditure of more than 750 Euros per night on short trips or more than 500 Euros per night on long trips) are made by Millennials - a share that has steadily increased over the last years. Furthermore, among luxury travellers Millennials are those with the highest average expenditure. However, on the other hand there are also more favourable holiday makers among millennials compared to the total market. This is another indicator that millennials are a rather segmented target group.USA biggest source market and destinationThe biggest source market of millennial outbound travellers are the USA, followed by China, Great Britain and Germany, which combined hold a market share of 35% of all millennial outbound travel. Also in terms of destinations, the USA is leading and received the highest number of millennial visitors in 2017, followed by Spain, Germany and France. In a worldwide comparison however, destinations with an above average share of millennial visitors are the Asian destinations Japan, South Korea, India and Australia and in Europe especially Ireland and the Scandinavian countries. In contrast to that, destinations with a below average share of millennial visitors are Spain and Austria, but also China.City trips and Sun & BeachTravelling for holidays is the primary purpose of Millennials going on an international trip, while only 15% of trips are for business purposes. However, this pattern is in line with the total market. Within the holiday segment, city trips are the most preferred type of holiday for Millennials with a market share of around one third, which is higher than in the total market. When exploring foreign cities, Millennials enjoy visiting sights, soaking up the atmosphere in the city, shopping as well as good food. The second most important holiday type are Sun & Beach holidays, with the main motives relaxing, swimming and sunbathing, but also enjoying nature and good food.Higher sensitivity towards overtourism & terror threatsThe analysis shows that Millennials are more sensitive towards overtourism and are more likely to be bothered when destinations are overcrowded by people - hence Millennials are looking for experiences that are more authentic.Millennials are also more sensitive towards terror warnings compared to all international travellers. A special survey of the World Travel Monitor shows that Millennials, in the case of terror warnings, are more likely not to travel at all until the situation has improved.Highly informed before travellingIn general, Millennials are very well informed before they book an outbound trip and are using more sources of information for their travel planning than the average traveller. As expected, they have a high affinity towards the internet and digital communication channels, with 9 in 10 seeking information online prior to going on a trip. In particular travel blogs, travel forums and social media channels are used more frequently by Millennials compared to others, but also the so called traditional information channels such as travel agencies, print media and TV have an above average usage in this segment.When it comes to the actual bookings for trips, millennials behave just like everyone else, with only a slightly higher share of internet bookings. They are however more likely to be making their online booking via smartphone/mobile device in comparison to the total market.Better educated and more femalesAccording to the World Travel Monitor data, Millennials are better educated than the average outbound traveller. Despite a steady increase in recent years, they still have a lower income in comparison - which is also a consequence of the lower age. Another interesting outcome of the analysis is the above average share of female travellers. In contrast to the total outbound market, in the millennial segment female travellers have a higher share than male travellers.ITB Berlin will be publishing further information on special topics based on IPK International's World Travel Monitor data. In addition, initial valid results showing 2018 travel trends will be published at the end of the year.The final results of the World Travel Monitor for the entire year 2018, as well as the latest forecasts for 2019, will be presented by Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, at the ITB Future Day during the ITB Berlin Convention. The World Travel Monitor is based on representative interviews with more than 500,000 people in more than 60 travel markets worldwide, and has been regularly conducted for more than 20 years. It is recognised as the largest continuous study into global travel patterns.

ITB Berlin and IPK International: Cruise holidays booming with strongest growth from Asia

Messe Berlin GmbH ·27 September 2018
Cruises have been a booming segment in recent years and a much-discussed topic in the travel industry. In 2017, about 27 million international cruises were undertaken worldwide. Looking at the past years, cruises showed double-digit growth rates and therefore increased more than twice as much as international holidays in general. The biggest growth in this industry is coming from Asia-Pacific, where the demand for cruise holidays has more than tripled since 2007. However, despite the strong growth rates in recent years, cruises are still one of the smaller segments in terms of all international holidays. These are the findings of a special evaluation based on the World Travel Monitor data by IPK International, commissioned by ITB Berlin.Strongest growth from Asia/PacificWith a market share of 56% in 2017, North Americans undertake by far the most international cruises followed by the Europeans, which account for nearly one third. Cruise travellers from Asia/Pacific rank third, while South Americans only account for 1%. However, the cruise growth is particularly driven by Asians, whose demand for cruise holidays has more than tripled since 2007. Growth wise, North Americans rank second, followed by South Americans and Europeans.The most important source markets for international cruises are the United States, which alone make up 50% of the worldwide cruise demand. Other important cruise markets are Great Britain, Germany and Australia.North America most popular cruise destinationNorth America (including Mexico) is still leading in the cruise segment. Not only is it the number 1 source region for cruises, it is also the most popular destination for cruise holidays. Since 2007, cruises to North America have more or less tripled. Europe as a cruise destination takes the second place, followed by South America, Asia/Pacific and at quite a distance Africa.The five most popular destination countries for international cruises are Mexico, Canada, Spain, the US and Italy. Together, they receive over half of all international cruises worldwide.Something for everyoneCruises offer the ideal combination of relaxation and making new experiences. On cruise holidays, international travellers especially enjoy relaxing, sightseeing on local excursions, good food and the diverse entertainment offer on board. Specific aspects such as experiencing 'sea and nature' and international harbours and seaports are also important.Cruise tourists spend more moneyEven if cruises are said to no longer be as exclusive or expensive as they used to be, spending in this holiday segment is still significantly higher than in others. On average, international cruise travellers spend 230 euros per night.Less online, more travel agency bookingsAt 65 per cent, the internet is the preferred booking channel of international travellers when it comes to cruises, which is lower compared to all international holidays. In contrast to that, with 37% travel agencies have an above-average share among cruise travellers.New target groupsIn recent years, efforts were made to tap into new and younger target groups through corresponding cruise ships. Meanwhile, 50% of cruise travellers are 55 years or older, while 50% below to the young and middle age groups. Even if cruise travellers have become younger, still more than two thirds belong to the higher income and education groups.ITB Berlin will be publishing further information on special topics based on IPK International's World Travel Monitor data. In addition, initial valid results showing 2018 travel trends will be published at the end of the year.The final results of the World Travel Monitor for the entire year 2018, as well as the latest forecasts for 2019, will be presented by Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, at the ITB Future Day during the ITB Berlin Convention. The World Travel Monitor is based on 500,000 representative interviews in more than 60 travel markets worldwide, and has been regularly conducted for more than 20 years. It is recognised as the largest continuous study into global travel patterns.

eTravel World 2019 at ITB Berlin: Call for papers online

Messe Berlin GmbH ·25 September 2018
At the eTravel World 2019, ITB Berlin will again be hosting a three-day seminar programme on the topic of digital trends in the travel industry. As in previous years, a certain number of sessions is open to candidates who can apply for them via the call for papers. Speakers have until 31 October 2018 to submit their ideas for fascinating topics. In the course of eTravel World, ITB Berlin is looking for case studies and examples of best practices relevant to digital marketing/eCommerce, sales, social media content, as well as innovative developments ranging from the digital transformation within SMEs to artificial intelligence and robotisation. Topicality and relevance will be among the main selection criteria.On ITB Wednesday, as part of at the event program of the new Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) segment, a session under the same heading - the TTA Forum - will be held for the first time at the eTravel Lab in Hall 7.1b. This will take a look at apps and technologies for the online tour operator market and also examine the sensitive area of transaction costs and margins. With the number of reservations via mobile devices rising all the time, industry experts will be highlighting how traditional booking platforms can secure their share of the existing market.Applicants are also invited to suggest examples of best practices and topics for discussion at the Hospitality Tech Forum, which will take place at the eTravel Lab as well. Potential topics include the use of new technologies in the hotel room of the future, customer journey experiences, review and rating management strategies, and how digitalisation is affecting guests and employees.The eTravel World is part of the ITB Berlin Convention and has established itself as an important think tank for innovative ideas on mobile solutions, travel technology, social media and digital marketing. During the show specialists will be meeting up with decision-makers and executives, media professionals and bloggers, start-ups and new media specialists from 85 countries. Overall, ITB Berlin expects around 11,000 visitors to attend the eTravel World next year.Full details of the eTravel World's call for papers and a link to the application forms can be found at www.itb-berlin.com/etravel. Candidates have until 31 October 2018 to submit their ideas for topics.

ITB Berlin and IPK International: International City Trips - A Success Story

Messe Berlin GmbH ·25 September 2018
City trips worldwide grew four times as fast as total international holiday market over past 10 years - City breaks overtake Sun&Beach holidays - ITB Berlin and IPK International analyse worldwide demand for city breaksFor years, city trips have been the fastest-growing segment of the international leisure travel market as Europeans, Asians, North and South Americans head for attractive destinations in nearby countries as well as overseas. In worldwide terms, no other form of outbound holiday has grown so strongly in the last decade. Compared to holiday trips in general, city trips grew nearly 4 times as much in this period. This is the result of a special evaluation of the World Travel Monitor from IPK International commissioned by ITB Berlin.City trips no. 1 international holiday typeThe figures tell a clear success story. Since 2007, international city trips have tripled their volume reaching 190 million in 2017. This volume results in city breaks being the number one holiday type worldwide for the first time. Hence, city trips overtook Sun&Beach holidays, which has been the dominating holiday type for years. The strong increase of city trips has been supported by cheap flights and new accommodation types like sharing accommodation.Asia/Pacific and South America as growth driversThe segment's growth is especially driven by travellers from Asia/Pacific and South America, where the number of city breaks has multiplied by around 4 to 5 in the past 10 years. In Asia/Pacific, city trips have surpassed tour holidays as the most preferred holiday type. The strong growth from Asia/Pacific is particularly triggered by the increase of Chinese, Koreans and Japanese going on international city trips, mainly within the region.City trips by Europeans more than doubled since 2007, World Travel Monitor figures show. This lower growth rate compared to the other regions is due to the already high volume of international city trips undertaken by Europeans. In contrast, in North America the outbound city trip segment more than tripled in the past decade.US leading destination country - Europe preferred continentWorldwide, the most popular country destination for international city trips in 2017 were the United States, followed by Germany, France, Great Britain and Spain. Together, these five destinations received around 35% of all international city breaks in 2017. Looking at the different continents, nearly 60% of all foreign city trips have Europe as their destination, around one fourth go to Asia/Pacific, followed by North and South America, while Africa ranks fifth.Well-educated and high earningTravellers going on city trips mostly belong to the younger and middle age groups, while the average city traveller worldwide is 41 years old. In terms of income, city breaks are mostly a holiday type for well-off travellers. According to the World Travel Monitor, around 50% of city tourists are in the upper income class, while two-thirds belong to the upper education group. In 2017, the average spending per person and night on a foreign city trip was around 170 Euro, including all costs, such as transportation, accommodation, etc. With a share of around 70%, air travel was the preferred transportation type to reach the destination. About 70% of city visitors' book hotel accommodation, however other accommodation types are increasing. Especially sharing accommodation has reached popularity in the past years. Within the hotel segment, budget hotels are declining, while first class hotels are continuously growing.Regarding the activities and motives of international city travellers, World Travel Monitor data shows that visiting objects of interest and sightseeing were the most important motives. Moreover, the majority of city tourists also want to enjoy the atmosphere of the city, go shopping and experience good food, while some like to visit museums and exhibitions.ITB Berlin will be publishing further information on special topics based on IPK International's World Travel Monitor data. In addition, initial valid results showing 2018 travel trends will be published at the end of the year.The final results of the World Travel Monitor for the entire year 2018, as well as the latest forecasts for 2019, will be presented by Rolf Freitag, CEO of IPK International, at the ITB Future Day during the ITB Berlin Convention. The World Travel Monitor is based on 500,000 representative interviews in more than 60 travel markets worldwide, and has been regularly conducted for more than 20 years. It is recognised as the largest continuous study into global travel patterns.

AI, biometrics and blockchain set to dominate discussion at ITB Asia 2018

Messe Berlin GmbH · 3 September 2018
Microsoft, Egencia, Travelport, SITA, Fliggy, Tencent and more leading tech companies to discuss digitising the travel industryC-Suite Executives share insights on artificial intelligence (AI), biometrics, blockchain and latest travel technologies at Travel & Tech Conference TrackNew MICE Tech Showcase to unveil innovations to solve complex issues in MICE industryKey industry partners include Asian Development Bank, Innovel Travel Tech, Skift and TroovoITB Asia, 'Asia's Leading Travel Trade Show', will focus on the interdependence of travel and technology this year, under the overarching conference theme of "Travel Reimagined". Key leaders in travel and tech will provide profound insights on the major trends provoking disruption across the travel industry whilst analysing how companies are innovating to stay ahead. Hosted at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, the conference will take place from 17 - 19 October 2018.Impressive growth in the travel industry has been a result of travel tech start-ups launching and the speed of innovation in travel technology. According to 'The State of Travel Start-ups 2017', there were 1,497 digital startups around the globe which attracted nearly $62 billion in funding, almost double from the previous year.[1]Technology in travel is thus growing fast and rapidly changing the way in which we travel. Taking 8% of global travel tech share, China has accounted for over a quarter of funding to the travel tech industry since 2013.[2] In light of this, ITB Asia will be hosting a series of talks on travel technologies which will take place at the Travel & Tech Hub, allowing delegates to immerse in the game-changing technology that is progressing travel, meetings and business.Speakers from leading tech firms will demonstrate how emerging and innovative tech can offer meaningful connections between travel brands and customers for true ROI. At ITB Asia 2018, delegates will gain insights into what the future holds for the leisure, the MICE and corporate travel sectors and the industry's biggest challenges that can effectively be resolved through new tech.Top technology and travel companies across the globe, including Booking.com, Egencia, Fliggy, Hotelbeds Group, KAYAK, Microsoft, Sabre, SITA, Skyscanner, Tencent, Travelport and Tujia will be joining the show with senior representatives, from Vice President to C-Level, on the stage talking about which technologies will truly transform travel. The show's agenda will be dominated by discussions from AI to virtual reality (VR), biometrics, blockchain and robotics utilising case study examples and practical application in travel management, business travel, hotel operations, travel photography, and dining experience etc.Launching the new MICE Tech Showcase, the conference will feature innovations that will help solve today's complex issues in the MICE industry.This year, ITB Asia is proud to join hands with Asian Development Bank with the Mekong Innovative Start-up Tourism (MIST), Innovel Travel Tech, Skift and Troovo as the representative. Skift will be hosting a session at the Knowledge Theatre on 'Post Experience Economy: Innovators At The Edge of Travel'. This new term, the 'Post Experience Economy' will look at the travel economy where everyone is already marketing experiences and smart innovators are thinking about the post-experience economy.As a partner at the MICE & Corporate Hub, Troovo, a leading Robotic Process Automation solutions provider, will join ITB Asia to tackle the positive impact of virtualisation and robotics for the travel industry. Exploring the endless possibilities of the virtual world and utilising them to expand the possibilities of the actual world, Troovo provides solutions on virtual payments, automating workflow and simplifying data process in corporations. As a strong believer in automation to enable greater productivity and higher profitability, Troovo's Co-Founder and CEO, Kurt Knackstedt, will host a one-hour session on 18 October to discuss how we can take away the laborious task of data entry and grunt work of processing travel and payment transactions. Sharing further insights, he will draw on his experience which spans over 20 years and 4 continents, across technology, travel, procurement, leadership and marketing roles at multinationals, start-ups and his own consulting business.Kurt Knackstedt, Chief Executive Officer of Troovo commented, "Troovo is excited to be a part of ITB Asia, as the Asian region is rapidly pushing ahead with new technologies and strategies for travel. As a technology company also driving a new direction for the industry, it's key for us at Troovo to help shape and lead the discussion about why travel needs to continue to embrace disruption and new ideas to keep our industry fresh and forward-thinking. We're looking forward to some amazing conversations in October in Singapore!"ITB Asia's strategic partnership with Asian Development Bank and Innovel Travel Tech will reach out to the young, tech-savvy companies around the world that are innovating with breakthrough technologies. Both will be hosting a session on travel start-ups in the dedicated conference track at the Travel and Tech Hub.Rom Hendler, Founder & CEO, Innovel noted, "TravelTech is the new black of the tech industry. Travel is one of the biggest industries in the world, and it is ready for innovation and disruption. Innovel bridges between the innovative start-up community and the traditional international travel industry, focusing on one of the hottest tech markets in the world, Israel. There is no better place than ITB Asia to showcase this innovation to the key players of the travel industry in the region."Jason Lusk, Project Director of Mekong Innovative Start-ups in Tourism (MIST), Asian Development Bank said, "The MIST start-up accelerator is thrilled to join this year's ITB Asia programme. Our innovative start-ups are equipping Asia's travel industry to serve travellers better and more sustainably. What better place to show them off them than at Asia's largest travel trade show?"For more information on ITB Asia 2018, visit www.itb-asia.com.About ITB Asia 2018ITB Asia 2018 will take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, from 17 - 19 October 2018. It is organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. The annual three-day B2B trade show and convention will feature hundreds of exhibiting companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, covering not only the leisure market, but also corporate and MICE travel. Exhibitors from every sector of the industry, including destinations, airlines and airports, hotels and resorts, theme parks and attractions, inbound tour operators, inbound DMCs, cruise lines, spas, venues, other meeting facilities and travel technology companies are all expected to attend.Now in its eleventh year, ITB Asia is the premier meeting place for the travel trade industry for forging new partnerships and strengthening existing business relationships with the most important players in the region. Whilst celebrating a decade of ITB Asia, last year, its huge success saw 940 exhibitors, 951 quality buyers, 6,140 minutes of conference, more than 11,000 attendees and 22,000 business appointments.

New segment at ITB Berlin 2019: Technology, Tours & Activities

Messe Berlin GmbH ·30 August 2018
Technology, Tours & Activities (TTA) is one of the tourism industry's fastest-growing segments. According to Phocuswright, the international travel research institute, tours and activities make up around ten per cent of the global travel market - more than rail travel, car hire and cruises combined.The brand new Technology, Tours & Activities segment is the first of its kind in Europe and gathers the tourism industry's most important groups at ITB Berlin who all share the same goal: promoting and selling in-destination services. Both major players and small startups will be showcasing their innovative products in this new exhibition and meeting area in the Adventure Travel Hall (4.1). The TTA marketplace is the place to head for providers of tours, tour guides, technology and apps, as well as re-sellers, intermediaries and destinations. Exhibitors and trade visitors will also be able to establish new contacts and exchange experiences at networking events in Halls 4.1 and 7.1b. Over the three days reserved for trade visitors, workshops and conference sessions in Hall 4.1 and at the eTravel World will provide first-hand information on Technology, Tours & Activities.At the eTravel World, on the afternoon of Wednesday, 6 March 2019 all eyes will be on the TTA Forum, which features panel discussions, workshops and an extra networking event at the eTravel Lab in hall 7.1b. On Thursday, 7 March at the Business Day, the focus will be on products at the TTA marketplace in Hall 4.1. On Friday, 8 March 2019, a TTA Special for startups will take place at the Startup Day at the eTravel World in hall 6.1.Commenting, David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin, said: "We look forward to being the first to provide the TTA segment with a new international forum at ITB Berlin 2019 and to helping to shape the tourism industry's third-largest market. Nowadays, simply offering customers bus and city tours is no longer enough. Being able to book tours, attractions and local activities online has become more important than ever. ITB Berlin now makes it possible to meet with all the relevant international players in a single place."Full details can be found at www.itb-berlin.com/tta.

New pavilions bring exciting opportunities as largest ever edition of Secutech Vietnam opens

Messe Berlin GmbH ·16 August 2018
The rising security requirements of Vietnam's commercial and residential property sectors have set the stage for a fruitful three days of business at the show, which takes place from 16 - 18 August 2018. A new zone showcasing smart home and smart building technology is among numerous additions, which have seen total exhibition space climb 11% to a new record of 10,000 sqm (2017: 9000 sqm).A new record has also been set for the exhibitor list, which has expanded by 13% to include a total of 310 solution providers from 19 countries and regions (2017: 270 exhibitors). A strong international contingent includes brands from China, Croatia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, the UK, the US and Vietnam. The diverse line-up is expected to be a strong draw for trade visitors, which are predicted to increase in number from last year's total of 12,097.Speaking optimistically ahead of the show's opening, Ms Regina Tsai, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, said: "Vietnam is continuing to establish itself as one of the most significant security markets in the ASEAN region. The commercial and residential property sectors are just one driving force behind these positive conditions. An increase in urban infrastructure projects and strong GDP growth are also two significant factors. We expect to see a good mix of government and commercial sector buyers through the doors over the coming days, a high proportion of which will be system integrators, distributors and end users."A convenient sourcing experience awaits buyers at the fair in the shape of three distinct product zones. Namely, the Security Zone, the Fire Safety & Rescue Zone and the Smart Building & Smart Home Zone. A strong line-up of brands represented across these zones include ASTEC, Bosch, Dahua , Hanwha Techwin, Samsung, Seagate, TECHCARD, Nha An Toan, Phuong Viet, VIETSAFE and many more.Of particular interest to system integrators, distributors and end users in the smart home sector will be SMAhome, which makes its debut at Secutech Vietnam this year to serve as the IoT technology platform for Vietnam's smart home market. Products on display here will reflect the modern drive towards increased home automation including home automation kits, IoT gateways, smart locks and smart surveillance systems. The new coming Z-Wave Pavilion will also spark the interest of buyers in the smart home sector with an array of Z-Wave solutions for home and building.A further addition to the list of debutants is the Singapore Pavilion. Led by the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME), the pavilion comprises surveillance solutions, facial recognition technology, modular control platforms and key management systems that have various security applications for home, building, factory and much more.Two returning pavilions in the Fire Safety & Rescue zone will also add to the product line-up on the show flow. The Korea Fire Institute Pavilion brings leading companies to demonstrate their range of fire extinguishers, fire alarms, hoses, smoke detectors, fire fighting suits and escape chutes, while the UL Pavilion will feature seven suppliers from around the world to display their latest UL-certified fire systems and products.Fire & Safety Rescue Seminar and Smart Solutions Vietnam forum to serve as information exchange platforms for growing marketsIn addition to exploring the varied product offerings at the show, stakeholders in the fire and safety sectors will have ample opportunities to gain industry insights at the returning Fire & Safety Rescue Seminar. A highlight will be discussions on applications for industry 4.0, while experts from Firesmart, GP International Technology, the Korea Fire Institute, Nhuan Phat, Pyrovia, SmartZ and UL will also gather to examine fire safeguarding solutions for factory, building and personal safety.Meanwhile, visitors looking to learn about new technologies and integrated security solutions for the vertical markets of smart city, smart building, smart home, smart transportation and smart factory will have an excellent opportunity to do so during the Smart Solutions Vietnam forum.Held concurrently on the second day of the show, the forum provides a platform for suppliers Bosch, ICP DAS, Kedacom, Samsung, Seagate and Western Digital to deliver presentations on their newest product offerings. Topics will include 'Integrated Solutions for Smart Transportation and Smart Buildings' as well as '4G Mobile Surveillance for Smart City Solution'. The forum will be followed by a business networking party to give attendees the chance to form new business connections. For more details, please visit www.secutechvietnam.com. Alternatively, please call Ms Michelle Chu at +886 2 8729 1068 or send an email to michelle.chu@newera.messefrankfurt.com.Safety and security are increasingly important basic needs and, therefore, stand for a growing global market. With eleven trade fairs, congresses and forums around the world, Messe Frankfurt brings together demand and supply worldwide with progressive, connected products, applications and services focusing on commercial security and the protection of buildings, spaces and people. The Safety, Security & Fire business cluster offers access to the dynamic markets of the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, Europe and South America.Further information at www.safety-security-fire.messefrankfurt.com.

Record number of buyers set to attend ITB Asia 2018

Messe Berlin GmbH ·30 July 2018
Nearly 1,000 approved buyers set to attend ITB Asia this year, a 12% increase on last yearNew partnerships in place with leading hotel groups and travel associations to help bring in a fresh pool of buyers to the showLaunch of a new MICE & Corporate Hub and dedicated MICE & Corporate Speed Networking session at this year's eventSingapore -- ITB Asia, 'Asia's Leading Travel Trade Show', has seen a record number of buyers registering for this year's show with nearly 1,000 approved buyers set to attend, a 12% increase on last year. Hosted at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, the conference will take place from 17 - 19 October 2018.This year, the top ten source markets for buyers from the Asia Pacific region include China, Oceania, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand.ITB Asia has been working closely with new industry partners to bring in a fresh pool of buyers to the show via the Buyers Programme. New corporate partners on the Buyers Programme this year include Marriott International, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Far East Hospitality, Caissa and Singapore Airlines. ITB Asia is also collaborating with leading travel associations in the region including Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), The Federation of ASEAN Travel Associations (FATA), Korea MICE Association (KMA), Taiwan Convention & Exhibition Association (TCEA). Confirmed associations under FATA include the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA), Malaysian Association of Tour Travel Agents (MATTA), Association of Travel Agents Indonesia (ASTINDO) and Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA).This year sees the launch of new initiatives for the MICE and corporate segments due to increased focus on these areas - the MICE & Corporate Hub, and a brand-new concept, the MICE & Corporate Speed Networking. Dedicated content tailored for the MICE and corporate segment will be featured at the MICE & Corporate Hub, and this allows for the MICE and corporate buyers and exhibitors to meet and network. On the other hand, exhibitors and targeted buyer segments can gather and engage with potential business partners at the MICE & Corporate Speed Networking.ITB Asia has also been working in partnership with ACTE, the leading corporate travel association, which has recommended its pool of corporate buyers to the show. ACTE will be hosting a one-day conference at ITB Asia with curated content for the corporate buying segment to learn and network with industry leaders.Top buyer companies to feature at ITB Asia 2018 include Abbot, Accenture, AIA Financial, Apple Inc, BHF Bank, Cook Medical, CTS MICE Service Co Ltd, General Electric, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co Ltd, IBM, Markets and Markets, Mastercard, Nu Skin Enterprises, OSRAM, PHILIPS, Rotary International, Samsung Asia Pte Ltd, Schlumberger, Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd, Siemens, Twitter Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and Verve Events International."We are delighted to see a record number of buyers registering for ITB Asia this year, driven by our new partnerships with leading corporates and travel associations on the Buyers Programme. We have also increased our focus on the MICE and corporate segments this year and are excited to launch a dedicated MICE & Corporate hub at the show as well as a new MICE & Corporate Speed Networking session. We look forward to welcoming delegates to this year's event and have no doubt that a high volume of business deals will be generated at the show," said Katrina Leung, Managing Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), organiser of ITB Asia.Buyers at ITB Asia typically have high purchasing power with more than 40% of buyers making purchases of between USD $500,000 - USD $1 million and 20% of buyers spending more than USD 1 million. 40% of buyers at ITB Asia are leisure, 35% are MICE and 25% are corporate. 80% of buyers at ITB Asia are from the Asia-Pacific region, the remaining 20% of buyers come from Europe, North & South America, Middle East and Africa.For more information on ITB Asia 2018, visit www.itb-asia.com

ITB China 2018: bigger and better! - Closing Report

Messe Berlin GmbH · 1 June 2018
Satisfied top-quality buyers and visitors - 15,000 attendees in total - well-attended ITB China Conference with 4,000 attendees - Timekettle and TravelFlan won 2018 ITB China Start-Up Award - many pre-registrations for next year's show: 15 to 17 May 2019.Visitors, exhibitors and buyers were completely satisfied with ITB China 2018. In its second year, the success of ITB China is reflected in the heavy demand for floor space and a significant increase of visitors. Compared to the inaugural event in 2017 the gross exhibition space as well as the attendees rose by 50 percent undermining that ITB China is continuing its success story."With its 700 exhibiting companies from 80 countries as well as 15,000 attendees participating and China becoming the driving force for the growth of the global travel industry, ITB China is establishing itself as the must-attend event for anyone looking to establish a strong presence here. The results are remarkable considering it is only the second show. The performance is a strong base which promises even more growth next year", said Dr. Christian Goke, CEO Messe Berlin.The organisers extended the hosted buyer program this year. In all, there were around 800 buyers at the event, which is an increase of more than 30 percent in the number of buyers at this year's show compared to 2017. Diversity was very high again with Chinese buyers coming from over 300 different companies throughout China representing the full range of China's largest industry players. 73 percent of the Chinese Leisure, MICE and Corporate buyers came from mainland China (outside Shanghai), 24 percent from Shanghai province and the remaining 3 percent from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. More than 15,000 prescheduled appointments maximised the business opportunities of both exhibitors and buyers. The organizers launched a completely new matchmaking system perfectly catering to the needs of both exhibitors and buyers using desktop, mobile, APP or Wechat interfaces.Lu Jun, Managing Director, China Travel Group Shanghai Co., Ltd. said: "ITB China was very well organized and set high standards in terms of the quality of both exhibitors and buyers. The show displays set off the exhibition and conference just perfectly. As a member of the China National Travel Service, I felt honored to attend this year's show. I believe that this will surely lay a solid foundation for our future communication and cooperation with domestic and foreign counterparts, which we expect will come very soon".Ms. Lin Yan, Senior Vice President, Utour Group Co., Ltd: "As one of the largest travel operators in China we have gained a lot from ITB China. We expect and believe that ITB China will become the world's largest and most successful tourism exhibition. The reason why ITB Berlin is the largest travel show to date is that Germany was the largest source market back then, with 70 million German travelers going abroad every year given its population of 80 million. Since 2016, China has become the world's largest source country, so ITB China implies exceptional potential. ITB China expanded 50 percent over the last year and the event has developed rapidly. Both exhibitors and buyers are highly dedicated, especially buyers, which shows that the organizers of ITB China boasts in-depth knowledge on the Chinese market. Exhibitors presented highly differentiated products."ITB China focuses exclusively on the Chinese tourism industry with International companies and Chinese companies meeting with Chinese trade visitors. The exhibitors were coming from 80 countries as far as Argentina, Brazil, Chile or the Middle East, such as UAE as well as partner destination Finland. Director, Head of Global Sales Promotion, Visit Finland said: "Finland was the partner destination of this year's show. We expect this co-operation with ITB China to further strengthen our position in China. This year Finland was represented at ITB China by 28 companies around Finland with a delegation of 45 Finnish travel industry professionals. Our goal at ITB China is to promote Finland as year round destination and to introduce for example Finnish Lakeland Region to Chinese travelers. Travel from China to Finland has been growing too rapidly. We expect this growth to continue also during the coming years."The year 2018 is a significant year for both China and Europe, ITB China has been an official partner event of the EU China Tourism Year, a major initiative launched jointly by the European and the Chinese governments. The exhibition featured a high number of individual national pavilions from all over Europe. In addition, the European Travel Commission had a strong exhibition presence on the show floor showcasing a multitude of European destinations. Eduardo Santander, Executive Director, European Travel Commission: "Unity is strength. Europe needs to remain competitive in China. Only through deeper cooperation with Chinese authorities and an increased commitment of the European tourism sector supporting targeted joint public-private marketing initiatives, Europe will succeed in fostering more travelers from China. The strong cooperation with ITB China will help us reaching these goals." Further key partnerships as part of ITB China included China Tourism Association, the largest industry association for China's travel and tourism industry with 4,000 members, the China Tourism Academy, a research institution directly under the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) with a focus on studies in the tourism industry and Wyndham Hotel Group as the official hotel partner. The Wyndham Hotel Group is one of the leading international hospitality companies in the world and operates an extensive collection of 8,100 hotels across 20 hotel brands in 78 countries. By the end of 2017, the Wyndham Hotel Group was operating 1400 hotels in China, with the number of guest rooms reaching 138,787. The group has been steadily expanding brands that are already on many preferred lists, such as the award-winning Wyndham Grand, Wyndham, and Ramada.For the ITB China Conference, China's recognized travel think tank, which hosted around 70 sessions featuring 120 high-level speakers informing about the latest trends and developments in China, the event was also a success. With a total of around 4,000 (2017: 2,700) attendees the conference registered high levels of participation and an increase of almost 50 percent. The keynotes, lectures and workshops proved to be major visitor attractions again. The Conference featured sessions on Customised travel, which has become an important and fast-growing segment for Chinese travellers, with dedicated sessions devoted to sports tourism, Revenue Management for hotels or animal friendly tourism.The new Business Travel Day and the Education & Job Day were also very well accepted by the visitors. On 17 May 2018 the ITB China Conference offered everyone working in the business travel market an ideal platform for training and networking at the Business Travel Day. Practical workshops with up-to-date information on methods and strategies provided both career newcomers and corporate travel managers with first-hand knowledge and updates. This year's exclusive partners were CITS American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel China and BCD Travel.For the first time ITB China constituted the last day of the ITB China Conference, 18 May 2018, to a dedicated 'Education & Job Day' in partnership with Fudan University & Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Tourism management students and jobseekers attended the morning sessions of the Education Day, checked the job wall and were able to make immediate contact with personnel managers in the fully booked Job Area with more than 40 companies, institutions and universities, such as Ctrip, JinJiang, Sabre, Carlson Wagonlit Travel China or Wyndham Hotel Group, exhibiting.Another highlight of the conference was the ITB China Startup Award taking place for the second time this year. It acknowledges outstanding new products and services that were introduced less than two years ago and which anticipate major market potential. For the first time there were two equal winners: Timekettle, a Shenzhen based company, convinced the jury with their WT2 translator, a smart and wearable real-time translating earphone. The Hong Kong-based travel platform TravelFlan won over the jury by providing travelers with a personalized and hassle-free travel experience with the use of AI Technology. For the first time Qyer and ITB China co-organized the It's my world Travel Awards honoring Chinese key opinion leaders (KOL) as well as global destinations across all sectors of Chinese outbound travel at this year's show. Among the winners, was famous Chinese actress Ms. Huang Lu, who won in the category "Travelers of the year" or Chinese actor Mr. Xia Yu winning in the category "Pioneers of Travel & Tourism". The award honors companies for their innovations in order to help everyone involved in the industry meeting the needs of the Chinese travelers. The ceremony was followed by an exclusive Gala Dinner. Exhibitors to ITB China could talk and meet with China's most influential KOL's, in order to promote their destination.The ITB China Market Introduction Program made its debut this year, too. The newly launched program was designed for international travel industry professionals who had no or little experience with the Chinese travel market. Companies or institutions who aimed to gather first experiences with the Chinese travel industry, could easily establish first contacts and got useful information about this dynamic industry and market. Inaugural partner, VIR (Verband Internet Reisevertrieb, Germany's leading association for the online travel industry) sent a delegation to China for the first time.There was raising attention shown by the media at this year's show with 260 (2017: 150) registered Chinese and international journalists reporting from ITB China. The event offered numerous opportunities for networking and making new valuable industry contacts during many networking events, such the Opening Dinner on the eve of the show, the ITB China Cruise Night 2.0 sponsored by Ctrip, the Party Like a Finn, held by the partner destination Finland, the ITB China European Night powered by the EU- China Tourism Year as well as numerous late functions.The date for ITB China 2019 is already set: Wednesday to Friday, 15 to 17 May 2019 at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre. Early committed exhibitors who register before 31 May will benefit from an Early Bird discount of 15 per cent on their stand rental fees.

ITB Asia sees record number of new exhibitors for its 11th show in Singapore

Messe Berlin GmbH ·31 May 2018
ITB Asia, 'Asia's Leading Travel Trade Show' is already exceeding expectations on exhibitor numbers, recording a 20.8% increase in new exhibitors signing up for the show, versus the same period last year. This comes after the enormous success of last year's 10thanniversary show which saw record-breaking numbers with 113 countries exhibiting at the event.ITB Asia 2018 has seen a surge in exhibitor demand from National Tourism Organisations (NTO), Regional Tourism Organisations (RTO), hotels and travel and technology sectors. Such impressive growth has called for the necessary expansion of the show space to cater for these new exhibitors. The show welcomes new NTO exhibitors from Abu Dhabi, Botswana, Croatia, Mauritius and Papua New Guinea and as well as new RTO exhibitors such as Fukuoka, Kansai, Lviv, Marianas and Rovaniemi. In a bid to strengthen the show's focus on travel technology, key travel and technology exhibitors including the likes of Klook, Sabre and TripCreator are set to feature during ITB Asia 2018 as well.Asia continues to be a major growth region for the travel and tourism industry worldwide. Whilst worldwide outbound trips grew by 3.9% in 2017, Asia is leading this growth figure by a staggering 11%.[1] Outbound visitor growth is expected to increase by 4 - 5% over the next year, led primarily by US and Asian travellers.[2]In addition to Asian dominance for the show floor this year, Europe will continue to feature heavily during ITB Asia 2018 as well, with participation from Austria, Bulgaria, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Spain. The surge in European presence, which has increased by 13.8% versus the same period last year, is attributable to ITB Asia's pole position as a key platform for the travel and tourism industry in Asia, during which European exhibitors can best capture the growing Asia outbound travel and tourism market."We are hugely grateful for the ongoing support and commitment from our many exhibitors, who are crucial in driving the growth and success of ITB Asia. Each year we work hard to strengthen our leadership in the travel trade show industry and focus on growing ITB Asia's success in the coming years" said Katrina Leung, Managing Director, Messe Berlin (Singapore), organiser of ITB Asia.The remarkable success of previous years has resulted in the continued partnerships between ITB Asia and Marina Bay Sands as the Official Partner Hotel, as well as Singapore Airlines as the Official Partner Airline.The tenth instalment of ITB Asia was a hugely successful milestone event last year, having reported record-breaking numbers with over 11,000 delegates in attendance, the largest exhibitor showcases from 113 countries as well as over 22,000 business appointments recorded during the show.For more information on ITB Asia 2018, visit http://www.itb-asia.com/.About ITB Asia 2018ITB Asia 2018 will take place at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, from 17 - 19 October 2018. It is organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. The annual three-day B2B trade show and convention will feature hundreds of exhibiting companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, covering not only the leisure market, but also corporate and MICE travel. Exhibitors from every sector of the industry, including destinations, airlines and airports, hotels and resorts, theme parks and attractions, inbound tour operators, inbound DMCs, cruise lines, spas, venues, other meeting facilities and travel technology companies are all expected to attend.Now in its eleventh year, ITB Asia is the premier meeting place for the travel trade industry for forging new partnerships and strengthening existing business relationships with the most important players in the region. Whilst celebrating a decade of ITB Asia, last year, its huge success saw 940 exhibitors, 951 quality buyers, 6,140 minutes of conference, more than 11,000 attendees and 22,000 business appointments.

Key industry brands connect at Secutech India and showcase latest innovations in security and fire & safety sectors

Messe Berlin GmbH ·13 April 2018
The 7th edition of Secutech India closed following a successful three days of trading, networking and sourcing between key players in India's security and fire & safety sectors. The event was held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 5 - 7 April 2018, and was jointly organised by Asian Business Exhibition and Conferences Ltd (ABEC) and Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd.This year's show saw a comprehensive range of products on display from some of the world's leading brands. Over 250 local and international players showcased their very latest products and solutions to the market in over 9,000 sqm of exhibition space. The presence of these leading brands attracted over 18,000 visitors from across India and abroad, highlighting the strong demand for security and fire & safety products across the region and internationally.Commenting on the outcome of the show, Ms Regina Tsai, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd said: "The favourable impression we have received from show participants tells us that we are fulfilling a substantial need in the market. The potential for growth here continues to look extremely promising. As urban population across India expands, demand for products and solutions in the field of smart and safe city, to safeguard public and private security, continues to rise. The level of technological advancements required to solve these complex security challenges have been extremely high, which has been reflected in the innovations showcased at Secutech India. Messe Frankfurt is delighted to have co-organised the show with ABEC here in Mumbai, bringing buyers closer to these key brands and products that can solve their various security and fire & safety related challenges."In addition to smart and safe city, banking, finance, oil and gas, transportation, and building management are among the areas that experience high demand for innovative security solutions. This demand combined with Secutech India's reputation as India's leading exhibition for security and fire & safety products, attracted big name brands from across India and abroad to this year's show. These included Axis Video Systems, Boon Edam Entrance Technology, CP Plus, Dahua Technology, Genius Vision Digital, Honeywell, Prama Hikvision, Seagate Technology HDD, Tyco Fire & Security, Uniview, Videonetics and many more.Each of these brands benefited from being able to reach out and do business with customers across a range of vertical markets under one roof. Mr Aditya Khmeka, Managing Director of CP Plus, an exhibitor of advanced security and surveillance solutions, explained: "Secutech India is one of the largest exhibitions in India and one of the best platforms to showcase our solutions and products to the corporate world. Moreover, Mumbai being the hub of business, it just adds to the significance and relevance of the show. It has been a great platform to reach out to diverse groups of customers from different verticals like real estate, gems and jewellery, transportation, hospitality, education, and government."Prama Hikvision Pvt Ltd, a long-term supporter of Secutech India and one of the market leaders in security and video surveillance technology was again present at this year's show. Mr Ashish Dhakan, MD and CEO of the company, was highly impressed with the outcome of the show and its track record of achievements in previous years: "Secutech India is amazing. We have been associated with the show since the beginning, for more than seven years now. I think Secutech India is maturing day by day, we can see good foot fall and quality customers, both B2B and B2C. I am happy that the relevant stake holders are also coming and increasing in numbers, the show is going in the right direction."Comprehensive networking and sourcing hub receives positive feedback from visitors In addition to exhibitors, buyers representing a diverse range of vertical markets were also left with favourable impressions of the show. With the convenience of a one-stop business and sourcing platform that allows buyers to come face to face with a complete product range from industry leading brands, buyers representing diverse market segments left positive feedback of their experience. Mr Govind Jha, Safety and Security Manager of Conserve Infratech commented: "Secutech India is well known in the security industry and is more popular every year. I come to every edition, as it is a platform to find new products and gain awareness of what is in the market."The platform provided an excellent opportunity for buyers to get up to date information on the latest industry products and solutions that can be utilised to solve their security challenges. Mr Sanjoy Varghese, Senior Manager of Security Technology Solutions for Reliance Group Support Services Ltd, commented: "My purpose of visiting is to get information on new products, and check the feasibility of using them for our requirements. It's also a good platform for networking between various people and companies."Fringe programme facilitates discussions on key development challengesTwo concurrent fringe programme events - the Safety and Security Conclave and the Fire and Safety Conclave brought both buyers and exhibitors together to encourage networking and facilitate discussion of the key issues facing India's security and fire & safety industries. Both events were well attended and allowed for panellists and the audience to exchange ideas and converse on a range of relevant industry topics.Subjects discussed during these events included: 'Smart cities and infrastructure, moving beyond the smart city paradigm', 'Critical infrastructure - risk mitigation strategies and integrated operations center', 'Banking and information security: preparing for the unexpected', 'New age technologies in the banking sector, convergence of cyber security and physical security' and 'Intelligent IoT - the role of artificial intelligence'.Commenting on Secutech India's ability to facilitate connections between industry brands and their related buyers, Mr Rahul Walia, Managing Director of Genius Vision Digital PVT Ltd said: "Secutech India has become a medium for voicing out technological availability and innovation to the customers. We always look forward to an event like this for more awareness and to understand the voice of the customer."Secutech India is organised by Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd and Asian Business Exhibitions and Conferences (ABEC) Ltd. For more details, please visit www.secutechIndia.co.in. Alternatively, please call Mr Israel Gogol at +886 2 8729 1099 ext 531, or email israel.gogol@newera.messefrankfurt.com.With 10 events, Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading organisers of fairs and congresses for the expanding international field of civil security. These platforms provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in dynamic growth markets all over the world. Presently Messe Frankfurt organises events in Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East.

ITB Berlin recognises industry pioneers

Messe Berlin GmbH ·12 March 2018
Setting standards in nature preservation is the theme at the Sustainable Destination Top 100 Awards - The TO DO! Awards recognise social responsibility - Empowering women is the theme at the Celebrating Her Awards - Support for the LGBT segment honoured by the ITB LGBT + Pioneer Awards.This year, at the World's Largest Travel Trade Show, honours were once again bestowed for dedication and support in a number of different areas. In addition to sustainability and social responsibility, the outstanding role of women and support for the LGBT community were also recognised.With the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 Awards ITB Berlin and Green Destinations honoured destinations which provide an outstanding service to sustainable tourism. Prizes were awarded in several categories. A jury comprising 12 experts including Albert Salman from Green Destinations and Valere Tjolle from TravelMole picked the winners in each category.In the Best of Nature category Botswana was the winner with Chobe, Makgadikgadi, Okavango and Selinda. In the Best of Cities, Communities & Culture category, QualityCoast in western Portugal claimed first prize. The Best of Seaside title went to Dutch QualityCoast Delta. The jury presented the Earth Award to the Kingdom of Bhutan. Further prizes were awarded in the Best of Africa, Best of the Americas, Best of Asia-Pacific, Best of Europe, Best of the Atlantic and Best of the Mediterranean categories.Social responsibility was the main theme at the TO DO! Awards. These have been taking place since 1995 and honour tourism projects that safeguard local residents' interests during the project's planning and implementation phases. The TO DO! Award for Human Rights in Tourism was presented for the second time under the patronage of the German UNESCO Commission. Tren Ecuador (the national railway network) and Maquipucuna (a biodiversity conservation project), two projects from Ecuador, were honoured for their socially responsible approach to tourism. IKhwa ttu from South Africa was recognised for its dedication to preserving the San culture. In the opinion of the jury and the Study Group for Tourism and Development all three projects fulfilled the main criterion of the TO DO! Awards, namely involving local residents in planning and realising tourism projects. The projects provided alternative sources of income and improved the self-esteem of the local population. The study group presented the TO DO! Award for Human Rights in Tourism to Herman Kumara. The internationally renowned human rights lawyer and head of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement Sri Lanka defends the rights of local fishermen whose fishing grounds are threatened by tourism projects.The role of women was the focus of the Celebrating Her Awards for Empowered Women. The International Institute for Peace Through India (IIPT) awards the prize every year. This year the presentation took place for the third time at ITB Berlin. "We are delighted to be partnering with IIPT India for the presentation of these exceptional awards", said Rika Jean-Francois, the CSR officer at ITB Berlin. "Since they first took place here in 2016 the Celebrating Her Awards have become firmly established at the show. Women play a crucial role in tourism - that is something that has to be honoured." The awards went to five women whose commitment to tourism has been particularly inspiring. They were Sandra Howard Taylor, Colombian Deputy Minister of Tourism; Isabel Hill, Director of the National Travel & Tourism Office, US Department of Commerce; Caroline Bremner, Head of Travel, Euromonitor International; Daniela Wagner, Director, International Partnerships and Jacobs Media Group EMEA, PATA; and Jyotsna Suri of CMD Lalit Hotels, India.This year witnessed the first presentation of the ITB LGBT + Pioneer Awards at the World's Largest Travel Trade Show. By holding these awards ITB wishes to honour the support provided by destinations, tourism providers and outstanding personalities for the expanding LGBT travel segment. The lucky winners were Gustavo Nuguera and Pablo de Luca, who represented Gnetwork CCGLAR.

ITB Berlin 2018: Business is booming in the global travel industry

Messe Berlin GmbH ·12 March 2018
An economic boost from Berlin - All signs point to growth and a record year - ITB Berlin reaffirms its standing as the World's Leading Travel Trade ShowWith a five per cent increase in business volume at ITB Berlin 2018 compared to last year, and excellent business being forecast for the coming months, the international travel industry is well on course for a record year. As ITB Berlin concluded, the global travel industry presented itself in good health and in an optimistic mood, more so than for a long time. The results of the five-day exhibition on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds mirrored the good atmosphere. The show, which had been booked to near capacity for months, impressively confirmed its role as a reliable economic indicator and forward-looking trendsetter. With around 110,000 trade visitors from Germany and abroad, ITB Berlin was able to reaffirm its standing as the World's Leading Travel Trade Show. Despite the warm spring weather around 60,000 members of the general public flocked to the display halls on the weekend to find out about the wide range of information available from exhibitors. The ITB Berlin Convention, which examined current issues such as overtourism and digitalisation, also underlined its role as the global travel industry's leading think tank.The main reason for the industry's positive mood is the positive economic climate in the eurozone which according to leading economic institutes is better than at any time since the turn of the millennium. Dr. Christian Goke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH: "The consistent forecasts of sustained global economic growth for the next two years decisively contributed to the positive mood among exhibitors and visitors these past few days. Against the backdrop of a booming economy, record low employment and good wage settlements, more and more consumers are willing to spend money. Furthermore, because of the strong euro and correspondingly weak dollar holidaying in numerous countries outside the eurozone is becoming noticeably cheaper."Dr. Christian Goke continued: "The extremely positive economic trend in the travel industry should not blind us to the fact that the industry faces great challenges around the world. The digital transformation of an entire industry continues to move forward apace and affects every company and provider, regardless. On the other hand, issues such as the need for greater security on one's travels, the increasingly important and controversial phenomenon of overtourism, and the globally changing face of travel brought about by companies such as Airbnb are decisively influencing the social discourse on the future of tourism. This year, ITB Berlin again presented itself as a platform that without exception debated all the important trends and the current issues in accordance with the industry's future needs."From 7 to 11 March 2018, over a period of five days, more than 10,000 companies and organisations from 186 countries and regions exhibited their products to visitors in 26 halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Once again, there was a high percentage of buyers in a decision-making capacity: two-thirds of trade visitors said they were directly authorised to make buying decisions for travel products. Around 74 per cent of the ITB Buyers Circle attended in a decision-making capacity, with budgets that exceeded one million euros. More than one-third of the buyers present even had ten million euros and more at their disposal.At this year's ITB Berlin attention focused on the partner region Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It organised the opening ceremony, which for the first time left a zero-carbon footprint. Over the five days of the show the German federal state exhibited its wide range of tourism products in two halls. With its Baltic coastline and well-known Lakeland region, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is one of Germany's most attractive federal states. Ever since 1991 the state has been an important exhibitor at ITB Berlin. In Berlin the aim of the federal state in Germany's northeast was to attract greater international attention and at the same time to increase awareness for tourism in Germany. Harry Glawe, Economics Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: "Mecklenburg-Vorpommern overall successfully attracted the attention of visitors with its diversity and wide range of tourism attractions. The opening gala, the state's participation as a whole and its involvement with activities and events were well received at the show. This was clear from the many conversations and reactions from visitors. The show again demonstrated how important it is to draw attention to oneself. We would like to thank everyone involved who helped make the state's appearance an unforgettable event. We look forward to being back next year."The huge prospects that medical tourism has to offer the global tourism industry were highlighted at ITB Berlin. Due to high demand this segment, which was introduced only last year at the World's Largest Travel Trade Show, was relocated to a larger hall (21b). This year again, Travel Technology was one of the segments which displayed strong growth. Exhibitors including eNett, Traso,Triptease and Paymentwall, which increased their display areas, returning exhibitors, among them Travelport, as well as the Hospitality Industry Club, a newcomer, highlighted the excellent prospects of this fast-growing segment. The large increase in Chinese exhibitors there was particularly noticeable. The online portal Ctrip displayed its products in Berlin for the first time.Two new formats celebrated their debut in Berlin, reflecting strong growth in the Luxury Travel segment. With the new Loop Lounge @ ITB (www.bit.ly/2p6eZLi) organised in collaboration with Loop, the trade show for luxury products, ITB Berlin had created a new platform for networking in an exclusive atmosphere with a select group of exhibitors, and with the first ITB Luxury Late Night the show provided an opportunity for visitors to cultivate contacts. Currently, luxury travel accounts for seven per cent of the market and annual growth is in double-digit figures. David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin: "Luxury travel is booming and with our innovative formats we are responding to this welcome development. With this initiative we are also establishing ourselves in a role that devotes even more attention to this growth market and are showcasing this trend on the exhibition grounds."For the third year running ITB Berlin organised the ITB Chinese Night, where visitors were able to find out more about the Chinese travel market, exchange views and establish new contacts. The event was held in collaboration with Jin Jiang International and Ctrip for around 300 representatives of the travel industry. Potential exhibitors also received information about ITB China 2018, which from 16 to 18 May will be taking place for the second time in the major city of Shanghai.For the ITB Berlin Convention, the global travel industry's leading think tank, which hosted around 150 sessions featuring over 300 outstanding speakers, the event was also a success. Messe Berlin had been able to secure Zambia as the Convention & Culture Partner. Situated in the middle of southern Africa, this country is still largely untouched by tourism. However, it is gradually establishing itself as a popular travel destination. Other partners of the ITB Berlin Convention included the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) in the role of co-host, Ctrip.com International, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the Ministry for Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey.Malaysia will be the official partner country of ITB Berlin 2019. "We want to increase tourism and establish Malaysia as a tourism destination", said Dato'Sri Abdul Khani Daud from Tourism Malaysia at ITB Berlin.Wolfgang Waldmuller, president of the Regional Tourism Association of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: "In its role as the partner region of ITB Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was able to focus international attention on the diversity of the state that is Germany's most popular tourism destination. By showcasing the best of everything that Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has to offer between the Baltic and Lakeland region, particularly its nature attractions, we were able to attract the attention of international buyers, opinion-formers and potential visitors on an unprecedented scale and drew a huge response from the media. Whether it was the spectacular opening gala to which more than 3,000 guests from 110 countries had been invited, our participation in the first Berlin Travel Festival, or the ITB Grand Finale, Germany's northeast left a lasting impression. We will continue where we left off and ensure that this tourism destination profits from the contacts we established."Norbert Fiebig, president of the German Travel Association (DRV): "The desire of German citizens to travel could be felt in every hall at ITB Berlin and the foundation has been laid for 2018 to be a great success. ITB Berlin is not only a place for marketing destinations, but also an early indicator of how tourism bookings will develop for the summer travel season. In that respect the basic mood within the industry was very positive. This year, overtourism was a key topic at the show. Growth and responsibility go hand in hand and the travel industry is keenly aware of its responsibility. Once again, ITB Berlin picked up on the current trends and formulated new ones."Dr. Michael Frenzel, president of the Federal Association of the German Tourism industry (BTW): "At ITB Berlin 2018 we witnessed everything: impressive figures, dominant themes and innumerable outstanding tourism products from Germany and around the world. Over the past few days reports of record figures, positive survey results and inspiring tourism products for upcoming holidays have made us optimistic that providers and visitors can look forward to 2018 being an outstanding year for tourism. ITB Berlin again proved that in our industry nations and people working together to understand each other goes without saying, and not just on the exhibition grounds. Hospitality, a cosmopolitan outlook and bringing people and cultures together - that is what we and our tourism products stand for."The next ITB Berlin will take place from Wednesday, 6 to Sunday, 10 March 2019.

The three top stories at ITB Berlin on Thursday, 8 March 2018

Messe Berlin GmbH · 9 March 2018
ITB Berlin Daily: A look ahead to the next ITB China in Shanghai +++ Zambia emphasises the importance of developing sustainable tourism +++ Luxury lifestyle attitudes are changingThe Social Media Newsroom of ITB Berlin has online news from the world's leading travel trade show at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en.A look ahead to ITB China:China is the tourism market of the future. It is probable that by 2020 the Far East will account for the majority of tourists visiting Europe. At the event previewing ITB China 2018 David Axiotis, the project manager of ITB China, provided a foretaste of what the second edition of ITB China in Shanghai had to offer next May. According to the latest figures the show will host more than 700 exhibitors from over 70 countries as well as some 2,700 conference participants. More than one-third of exhibitors will probably be from Europe. Speaking at ITB Berlin, Eduardo Santander, executive director of the European Travel Commission, accordingly emphasised the importance of China. "In China, Europe is regarded as a single destination." Thus, it was all the more important that European tourism professionals learned to network better. "Neither the US or Australia is the biggest competitor of the EU, but we ourselves", said Santander.Find out more at: http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/de/news/vorschau-auf-itb-china-2018Zambia focuses on sustainable tourism:The Central African country Zambia has until now survived mainly on agriculture and mining. Now, however, it wants to diversify its economy, and tourism plays a central role. The development of the tourism sector was part of the strategy to diversify the economy, explained Charles R. Banda, the country's tourism minister, at ITB Berlin. "If we don't preserve our nature then we will lose everything and have nothing left that we can show." And the country really does have quite a bit to show: the legendary Victoria Falls are mainly located in Zambia, the famous Big 5 - every safari-goer's dream - can all be found in Zambia, and its most famous wildlife reserve, the South Luangwa National Park, was even recently declared the world's first sustainably managed wildlife reserve by the UNWTO.Find out more at: : http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en/news/tourism-development-strategy-zambia-focuses-sustainable-game-reservesLuxury lifestyle attitudes are changing:The members of the Luxury Travel panel discussion at the Marketing and Distribution Day at the ITB Berlin Convention debated changing attitudes towards a luxury lifestyle. A luxury lifestyle was now less defined by an ostentatious show of material wealth, but instead by seclusion and a high level of personalised service. The panel members included Al Merschen, principal of Myriad Marketing/MMGY Global, Arnaud Girodon, general manager of The Datai Langkawi, Pierre Gugenheim, responsible for advising royal family members at the Middle East International Group as well as Marcus Krall, the recently appointed managing director of Ocean Independence.Find out more at: : http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en/news/itb-berlin-convention-hardware-out-luxury-hotels-need-gain-softwareJournalists and interested readers can find news on the main topics at the World's Leading Travel Trade Show posted daily at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en. The Social Media Newsroom has news in German and English on every travel destination represented at ITB Berlin, plus trends and innovations in aviation, cruises, the hotel industry and travel technology. This news website also has the latest from the ITB Berlin Convention, the leading think tank of the global travel industry.

The three top stories at ITB Berlin on Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Messe Berlin GmbH · 8 March 2018
The Social Media Newsroom of ITB Berlin has online news from the World's Leading Travel Trade Show at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en.Mecklenburg-Vorpommern presents new tourism attractions and regional costumes:At the World's Largest Tourism Travel Trade Show Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the partner country of this year's ITB Berlin, presented a new range of tourism attractions. Wolfgang Waldmuller, spokesman for the Tourism Association, presented the join-in festival SeaBorn in Kuhlungsborn, the Rostock Cruise Festival, a new cycle route featuring the romantic aspects of Vorpommern and a new, sustainable form of accommodation by the name of sleeperoo. The federal state also unveiled plans for new regional costumes, to be created by none other than the fashion designer Jette Joop.Find out more at: http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en/news/peaceful-and-romantic-new-regional-costume-mecklenburg-vorpommern-increases-its-internationalMalaysia to offer direct flights from Germany:In the future, travellers to Malaysia can look forward to a much improved flight service. Starting on 5 November 2018 Condor Airlines will be offering direct flights three times a week from Frankfurt/Main to the capital Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia will be the partner country of ITB Berlin 2019 and is working hard to implement the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan 2020. The country has set itself the target of boosting visitor numbers to 36 million by 2020 Supporting this effort is the global campaign Visit Malaysia Year 2020.Find out more at: http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en/news/new-malaysia-direct-flights-condor-partner-country-itb-2019-visit-malaysia-year-2020Strong growth in the Medical Tourism segment:According to Jean-Francois, the CSR officer at Messe Berlin GmbH in charge of Medical Tourism, interest in this segment has risen sharply in just one year. According to a new study, the industry is forecast to grow annually by 25 per cent over the next ten years, she added. The driving force was low-cost flights and the medical services on offer at holiday destinations which made it possible to combine leisure time and treatment. Due to this year's vastly increased demand for medical tourism the segment has relocated to Hall 21. An ITB Medical Night is also taking place for the first time on Friday, 9 March, providing destination managers and organisers with an opportunity to network.Find out more at: http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en/news/medical-tourism-offers-business-prospects-tune-50-billion-dollarsJournalists and interested readers can find news on the main topics at the World's Leading Travel Trade Show posted daily at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de. The Social Media Newsroom has news in German and English on every travel destination represented at ITB Berlin, plus trends and innovations in aviation, cruises, the hotel industry and travel technology. This news website also has the latest from the ITB Berlin Convention, the leading think tank of the global travel industry.

International travel with one of the highest growth rates in the last twenty years

Messe Berlin GmbH · 7 March 2018
IPK International's Presentation at ITB Berlin 20182017 has been an exceptionally strong year for international travel, with Europe being the main growth driver as both a source market as well as a destination region. Worldwide, the number of outbound trips has increased by 6.5 per cent, reaching nearly 1.2 billion international trips in 2017. Also positively, for the first time since IPK surveys the impact of terrorism on international travel, terror sensitivity has decreased and destinations are perceived as "safer" than before. These findings are based on latest results of IPK's World Travel Monitor, an annual survey analyzing the outbound travel behavior in more than 60 countries worldwide, covering over 90 per cent of the global outbound demand. Trends for the first eight months of 2017 can be found in the ITB World Travel Trends Report (https://www.itb-kongress.de/en/ELIBRARY/Publications/Studies/), which is published yearly by ITB Berlin.Europe drives global outbound growth while Spain remains top destinationIn 2017, Europe was the strongest source region for international travel with an overall increase of 7 per cent compared to last year, followed by North and Latin America with both 6 per cent and Asia with 5 per cent. Also as a destination region, Europe could profit most with 8 per cent more trips in 2017. Looking at destinations on a country level, Spain takes the lead, with the USA and Germany ranking second and third. France and Italy are the fourth and fifth most successful destinations. When it comes to holiday types, city trips have been the main growth driver last year with an increase of 18 per cent. Sun & beach holidays, which represent the largest holiday market share, grew by 9 per cent. On the other hand, tour holidays worldwide decreased by 1 per cent.One in ten international travelers affected by overtourismOvertourism has made headlines worldwide recently due to record visitor numbers at many destinations, prompting well-publicized protests by residents and diverse measures by local authorities. As this topic not only impacts destinations, tourist attractions, local infrastructure and residents, but also travelers themselves, IPK International conducted a special survey among international travelers in February 2018. The results show that 24 per cent of all international tourists had the feeling that the destination they visited was overcrowded. However, only 9 per cent said that this overcrowding actually affected the quality of their outbound trip. Most affected cities were Mexico City (23 per cent), Shanghai (22 per cent), Venice (20 per cent), Beijing (19 per cent), Hong Kong (18 per cent), Istanbul, Amsterdam and Florence (17 per cent each) and Barcelona (16 per cent).Travel behavior still influenced by terror fear yet to a lesser extentFor the fifth time, IPK International conducted a special survey on the influence of terror threats on international travel behavior in main source markets worldwide in February 2018. The study revealed that for 37 per cent of international travelers the recent instability and terror warnings will have an influence on their travel plans for 2018, compared to 41 per cent in October 2017. Regarding the question what kind of influence the current situation could have on the travel behavior, 24 per cent stated that they will still be travelling abroad, however only to destinations they percei!ve as "safe". For some destinations, the safety image has improved and they are rated slightly more safe compared to October 2017. This applies e.g. to some of the biggest destinations such as Spain, USA, Germany and Great Britain.Outlook 2018Although different travel risks do exist, IPK International anticipates global outbound trips to in!crease by a robust 5 per cent in 2018. According to IPK International's Outbound Travel Forecast for 2018, Latin America is expected to be one of the high performers with an increase of 7 per cent, closely followed by Asia (+6 per cent). International travel from Europe as well as North America is forecasted to grow by 4 per cent each.Source: IPK International, World Travel Monitor

ITB Berlin 2018: Strong economic boost from the World's Leading Travel Trade Show

Messe Berlin GmbH · 6 March 2018
High demand by exhibitors again - Around 10,000 exhibiting companies from 186 countries and regions - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the first German federal state to be the official partner region of the World's Leading Travel Trade Show - Revolutionary forms of travel, overtourism and digitalization are key topics at the ITBBerlin Convention - Focus on luxury travel - The Medical Tourism segment expands - Travel Technology is booming - ITB: a new international umbrella brand.ITB Berlin reflects worldwide dynamic developments and growth in the travel industry. From 7 to 11 March 2018, the World's Leading Travel Trade Show will again be the industry's meeting place and must-see event, devoting itself to innovative and forward-looking trends in the travel industry, politics and business. In the future, ITB will present itself as an international umbrella brand and focus not only on promoting the annual event in Berlin. This re-orientation on a global scale means a concentration of three formats, the trade shows in Germany (ITB Berlin), Singapore (ITB Asia) and China (ITB China), under one label. At the 52nd edition of ITB Berlin around 10,000 tourism companies from 186 countries and regions will be represented on an area covering 160,000 square metres at the Messe Berlin fairgrounds. Over 80 percent of the exhibitors are from abroad. Once again the organisers expect more than 100,000 international trade visitors seeking prosperous business opportunities as well as many thousand members of the public on the weekend, who will be able to find inspiration for their next trip."In 2018 ITB Berlin remains strongly in touch with the industry's trends. We provide a forum for pressing issues such as overtourism, revolutionary forms of travel and digitalization as well as topical themes such as luxury travel, technology and sustainability. ITB Berlin has firmly established itself as an international brand and above all stands for acquiring industry contacts from around the world and industry knowledge that is first-hand. It is the logical consequence of positioning ourselves as the leading market force and opinion-former of the global travel industry", said Dr. Christian Goke, CEO of Messe Berlin.The focus is on this year's partner region Mecklenburg-Vorpommernwhich, taking as its slogan 'The Spirit of Nature', will have information on its wide range of products in a number of locations, including Hall 6.2. and 4.1. The German federal state will also be organising the big opening ceremony on the eve of ITB Berlin at the CityCube Berlin. For the first time since ITBBerlin began the event will leave a zero carbon footprint. Manuela Schwesig, Minister President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: "The World's Leading Travel Trade Show gives us a unique opportunity to showcase the attractions of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to the world. The state will present itself as a modern, successful and extremely diverse holiday region. In particular, we would like to welcome more international guests to our state".ITB Berlin Convention 2018: Top-Notch knowledge from industry expertsFrom 7 to 10 March 2018, at several sessions, the leading think tank of the global travel industry ITB Berlin Convention will be devoting itself to a number of topics, including overtourism, revolutionary forms of transport for business and private travel, plus the challenges of and future prospects for artificial intelligence in the travel sector. Together with Zambia, the Convention & Culture Partner, and the WTCF, the co-host ofITB Berlin Convention, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the partner region of ITBBerlin, will officially open this years convention program in the morning of 7 March. Afterwards, in a keynote speech Jane Jie Sun, CEO of Ctrip.com International Ltd., will examine the topical subject of 'Tourism: the Gateway to Global Peace and Prosperity'.On Thursday, 8 March, at the ITB Marketing & Distribution Day, high-ranked representatives of the international tourism industry will discuss future trends such as sharing economy and big data. In his keynote speech on 'The Evolution of Airbnb and how Global Travel is Changing', Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Airbnb and chairman of Airbnb China, will provide an update on the latest developments at Airbnb and an insight into the changing travel market. Afterwards, in an ITB CEO interview with Philip C. Wolf, founder of Phocuswright and serial board director, Mark Okerstrom, the new CEO of Expedia, will respond to a number of questions: What are the global growth strategies of this travel industry giant and what new technologies and market challenges does Expedia face?On Wednesday, 7 March, ITB Destination Day 1 will look at 'Overtourism', currently a much-discussed topic. Mato Frankovic, mayor of Dubrovnik, a representative of the city of Barcelona and Frans van der Avert, CEO of Amsterdam Marketing, will reveal their recipes for success and the lessons learned for managing tourism destinations. On Wednesday afternoon, attention will focus on an up-to-the-minute topic, namely the 'The Revolution of Travel'. Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. (HTT) and founder and CEO of JumpStarter Inc., will talk about tomorrow's transport system and the future role of Elon Musk's hyperloop technology. At a further session the 'Revolution of Travel' will become reality. Technology pioneers including Dirk Ahlborn and Alexander Zosel, co-founder of Volocopter GmbH, will provide an update on their revolutionary projects and discuss commercial prospects and business models. The latest findings of the market survey conducted by ITB Berlin in collaboration with Travelzoo will be eagerly awaited. In this survey for ITB Berlin the international publisher of exclusive travel deals researched the opinions of travellers from Europe, America, Asia and Australia on new forms of transport and the approval ratings they gave.Focus on luxury travel at ITB Berlin 2018Luxury travel is booming, and at the same time the general attitude towards the market is changing. Affluence is no longer defined by glitter and an exhibition of wealth. Both the challenges and the opportunities that this change can bring concern the industry, and from 7 to 11 March 2018 will thus be key topics at ITB Berlin and ITB Berlin Convention. The Loop Lounge @ ITB will be celebrating its debut in Hall 9. In cooperation with Lobster Event, ITB Berlin has created a new platform for networking exclusively with a selected group of exhibitors. On Thursday of the show the first ITB Luxury Late Night will provide an opportunity to cultivate the contacts made. At this new outstanding networking event at Orania.Berlin, a new Boutique Hotel, exhibitors will be able to meet leading buyers from the global luxury travel market. The event will be opened by Dietmar Muller-Elmau, the managing director of Schloss Elmau. Participation is by special invitation only.Networking at the MICE Hub and the new ITB MICE Night eventCreating a festive atmosphere at events, evaluating events and managingdiverse audiences - these are just some of the topics which the ITB MICE Forum will be examining at this year's ITB Berlin Convention. The forum targets visitors representing the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Event industry and will take place on 8 March 2018 in the Convention Hall 7.1a (Room New York 2) from 10.45 a.m. to 2.45 p.m. The Association of Event Organisers (VDVO) is the official partner of the MICE event. This year the MICE Night, an exclusive event, will be celebrating its debut. In cooperation with ITB Berlin, the VDVO will extend an invitation to join the event at the International Club Berlin, which is within easy walking distance from the fairgrounds. At this event, representatives of the industry have the chance to meet fellow industry members in an informal atmosphere and discuss the day's topics. The MICE Hub will also offer opportunities for networking. Taking as its slogan 'Meet the MICE Minds', the VDVO will be presenting industry experts and exhibitors at the MICE Hub, a special display area on stand 200 in Hall 7.1a.Medical Tourism segment expandsFollowing last year's successful launch of the important and fast-growing Medical Tourism segment, growing demand means it has had to relocated to a larger hall (21b). In addition to a wide-ranging program of presentations and lectures at the Medical Hub at the Medical Pavilion, the Medical Media Lunch will take place for the first time at the Medical Tourism Pavilion on Wednesday, 7 March from 1 to 2.30 p.m. Afterwards, the Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA) will present the world's ten best clinics catering for medical tourists. On Friday, 9 March, taking place at the Capital Club on Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, the exclusive ITB Medical Night will also provide an opportunity to network. With its project entitled 'Healthy MV' as well as four exhibitors, the partner region Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will also be promoting the benefits of medical tourism.High growth in exhibitors from ChinaAt ITB Berlin 2018 the number of exhibitors from China is growing especially fast. The online portal Ctrip will be exhibiting its products at ITB Berlin for the first time. Other newcomers from China will include Flightroutes, Ucloudlink, Letsfly, Qyer and Qup. For the third year running ITB Berlin will be organising the ITB Chinese Night, where invited participants can find out more about the Chinese travel market, exchange views and establish new contacts. This year's event on Wednesday, 7 March is being co-organised by Jin Jiang International and Ctrip and will welcome around 300 representatives of the travel industry (http://www.itb-china.com/itb-berlin-chinese-night/). At the ITB China 2018 Preview on Thursday, 8 March, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the CityCube Berlin (http://www.itb-china.com/itb-preview-event/), visitors can also find out about the fast-growing travel market and major attractions at ITB China, which from 16 to 18 May will be taking place for the second time in Shanghai.Travel Technology continues to boomThis year, growth and dynamic expansion will again be the hallmarks of the Travel Technology halls and the eTravel World. Exhibitors including eNett, Traso,Triptease and Paymentwall, which have increased their display areas, returning exhibitors, among them Travelport, as well as the Hospitality Industry Club, a newcomer, will highlight the excellent prospects for this fast-growing segment. At the eTravel World in Halls 6.1 and 7.1c, visitors to the eTravel Stage and eTravel Lab can once again find out about the innovations of the future and their potential impact on the travel industry. The focus will be on future-oriented topics such as blockchains, social media and voice recognition. On 7 March at 10.30 a.m. on the stage in Hall 6.1 David Ruetz, Head of ITB Berlin, and the humanoid robot Pepper will jointly open the eTravel World.New events this year include the Hospitality Tech Forum, featuring hospitality industry topics, and the Start-up Day in cooperation with Verband Internet Reisevertrieb (VIR), Germany's leading association for the online travel industry. On the same day start-ups from Europe, America and Asia will come together on the eTravel Stage in Hall 6.1. At a start-up competition and a number of sessions the new digital community will present its travel technology innovations.ITB Career Center: an even bigger international attractionThis year, the ITB Career Center is again offering students, graduates and those in search of a new career all kinds of opportunities to find out about their job chances in the tourism industry. Hall 11.1, where over 50 exhibitors from Germany and abroad will be represented, is the place to head. This year, international participation in the hall will be even higher than in past years. Universities from Hong Kong and Latvia will be represented for the first time. As in 2017 The German Federal Employment Agency is the exclusive partner of the ITB Career Center. On Friday, 9 March from 5 to 5.45 p.m., ITB Berlin will be celebrating a debut with the Company Slam, a new format at the show which gives company representatives 90 seconds to pitch their companies in an original and creative manner.Growth in two popular segments: LGBT and Adventure TravelAdventure tourism and sustainable travel seem particularly important for the younger generation. This trend is reflected by the fact that Hall 4.1 is fully booked. This year it will be the fifteenth time that the focus in Hall 4.1 will be on Adventure Travel & Responsible Tourism. Visitors to the 13th Pow-Wow for Tourism Professionals will find out more about the trending topics in the sustainable and responsible tourism segment from lectures and discussions at two stages. The key topic this year will focus on coastal protection. At ITBBerlin 2018 the Gay and Lesbian Travel (LGBT) segment will be even bigger and even more diverse. This year, this fast-growing segment will feature a number of new exhibitors at the LGBT Travel Pavilion (Hall 21.b). At the LGBT Presentation Corner, now a firmly established event, there will be lectures on the latest topics, workshops, product presentations and numerous networking events. On Friday, 9 March at 12 midday at the Palais am Funkturm, the presentation of the LGBT+ Pioneer Award will take place for the first time.This award is made annually to outstanding destinations, tourism companies and personalities representing the LGBT travel market.High exhibitor demand sets the toneThis year, demand for places at ITB Berlin is particularly high from Arab countries, Asia and South America. As an emerging travel destination the United Arab Emirates (Hall 2.2) are now expanding into the market. Abu Dhabi has almost doubled the size of its stand, and the displays of Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah are much larger than last year. In Hall 26, Vietnam and Laos will be occupying more than twice the floor size of 2017. Japan has also significantly increased its representation. A number of exhibitors including Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Taiwan will be welcoming visitors on two-tier stands. All the regions from the Caribbean are exhibiting in Hall 22a, a clear sign that after the devastating hurricanes tourism is more important than ever to these islands. Martinique and Jamaica have even increased their stand size.Egypt (Hall 4.2) will be making an emphatic return with a larger stand. Equally, as the largest exhibitor at ITB Berlin, Turkey will again be demonstrating that this colourful destination has lost none of its fascination. In Hall 3.1 bookings by the US and Russia have reached last year's levels, while waiting lists exist for Ukraine and Tajikistan. The same applies to Nepal and Sri Lanka in Hall 5.2, where demand for individual stands is particularly high. In Hall 5.2b, where India is featured and which once again is fully booked, it was not possible to meet all the open requests. Rajasthan with its picturesque palaces will be represented again in 2018, along with numerous co-exhibitors. The state of Jharkhand is a newcomer to the show, as are Earth Routes and many smaller tour operators in this hall, where ayurveda and yoga will be major attractions again.At ITB Berlin 2018 European destinations will also be attracting more attention with larger stands. Accordingly, the Czech Republic (Hall 7.2b), the UK (Hall 18) and Sardinia (Hall 1.2, featuring Italy) will be occupying larger stands. In Hall 1.1 Portugal will be exhibiting its products on an area that has grown by one-third. This year, in addition to Hall 15, Polish regions and hotels can also be found in Hall 14.1. Demand by Romania and Slovakia is high in Hall 7.2b, where there is a waiting list. The same applies to Hall 1.1 which features Greece. After a long absence Belize, Guayana, French Guiana and the Turks and Caicos Islands will be returning in 2018.

ITB Buyers Circle: The meeting place for senior buyers from around the world

Messe Berlin GmbH · 5 March 2018
Hand-picked circle of international buyers with high spending power - ITB Speed Networking and evening events provide an opportunity to meet - Mecklenburg Vorpommern, the official partner of the ITB Buyers Circle and at the forefront of activities, to offer tours after the convention, starting on FridayThe meeting place for senior buyers from the travel industry: this year marks the seventh occasion that the ITB Buyers Circle will be welcoming 1,000 senior buyers from around the world who have been hand-picked based on a qualitative application procedure. Buyers from SMEs, start-ups and global players will all be taking part. Members of the ITB Buyers Circle will benefit from numerous additional services that make it easier for them to do business at the World's Largest Travel Trade Show. This includes early access to the exhibition grounds as of 8.30 a.m., use of fast lanes at the entrances and an exclusive shuttle service on the grounds. Separate rooms for appointments and workplaces with free Wi-Fi are also available at the Marshall Haus."With the ITB Buyers Circle we have established an institution at ITB Berlin", said David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin. "This year numerous senior buyers have applied. Many of them are regular visitors whom we are welcoming again. This is proof that our exclusive circle is very popular with buyers."74 per cent of the buyers have budgets exceeding one million euros, and close to 70 per cent consider economic developments in their market to be positive. More than half of the participants work for companies with over 100 employees. One in three are visiting ITB Berlin for the tenth time. Buyers belonging to the ITB Buyers Circle work in the leisure, luxury, business and MICE travel sectors.After the convention Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, this year's partner of the ITB Buyers Circle and the official partner region of ITB Berlin, will be offering buyers free tours of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for the first time. The three tours will take visitors to Hanseatic cities on the Baltic, the islands of Rugen and Usedom and to the federal state's palaces, lakes and national parks. During ITB Berlin the official partner region will be at the forefront of activities. The federal state will be represented with two stands at the Marshall Haus. On the Wednesday of ITB it will be organising a networking breakfast and also taking visitors on a guided tour of its display hall."The ITB Buyers Circle offers buyers a whole range of privileges that make working at the World's Largest Travel Trade Show a lot easier", said Matthias Machinek, a hotel buyer for DER Touristik Frankfurt GmbH. "Being a member puts us in an ideal position to achieve good results at ITB Berlin. The activities of this year's partner country are impressive too. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's offer of tours after the convention and a networking event is very attractive."At the ITB Speed Networking event on the Thursday of ITB members of the ITB Buyers Circle will be able to establish important contacts with national and international exhibitors. In order to do so exhibitors and buyers will have previously made appointments with the ITB Matchmaking Tool. Other opportunities for networking will include the ITB Chinese Night, the ITB Luxury Late Night, the ITB Mice Night and the ITB Medical Night, for which buyers will receive priority invitations.

ITB Berlin expands the Medical Tourism segment

Messe Berlin GmbH · 1 March 2018
Even greater demand for places in the Medical Tourism segment, now in its second year - New location in Hall 21.b - Presentations and lectures on new trends and developments at the Medical Tourism Pavilion - The Health Tourism Industry Conference is the official partnerMedical tourism is one of the markets of the future: following last year's successful launch of the important and fast-growing Medical Tourism segment, growing demand means it has had to relocate to a larger hall (21b). Lectures and presentations will take place there, and visitors will be able to get detailed information on clinics, destinations and medical health insurances. The Health Tourism Industry Conference (HTI) is this year's official partner of the Medical Tourism Pavilion. HTI, which this year is organising conferences in Zagreb and Brussels, specialises in medical congresses all over Europe. Taking place for the first time, the Medical Media Lunch will be held on Wednesday, 7 March, followed by the ITB Medical Night on Friday, 9 March.Medical tourism offers huge prospects for the global tourism industry. According to the latest report by VISA and Oxford Economics, current turnover in the world's medical tourism industry is around 50 billion dollars. Over the next ten years growth is forecast to reach up to 25 per cent per annum. The international rise in demand for Medical Tourism places at the World's Largest Travel Trade Show reflects this trend.This year, for the first time, the Medical Media Lunch will take place on Wednesday, 7 March from 1 to 2.30 p.m. at the Medical Tourism Pavilion. Following this event, the Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA) will present the world's ten best clinics catering for medical tourists. In her lecture on 'The forest and its health potential - a green pharmacy', Dr. Karin Lehrmann, of Kaiserbader Insel Usedom, will illustrate the health benefits of trees. In their lectures, Berlin Health Excellence and Deutscher Heilbaderverband will highlight Germany's role as one of the world's leading medical tourism destinations.On Thursday, 8 March, the HTI Conference will present its latest news. Other international exhibitors will include the Dunyagoz Eye Clinic, the Esnaf Hospital from Turkey and the Conseil National of the Etablissement Thermaux from France. The Institute for Research and Development of Medical Tourism from Gdansk will update visitors on the latest developments in medical tourism in Poland. Also providing information on their health services will be Europaischer Heilbaderverband, Kvarner Health, the International Medical Group from the Dominican Republic and the Energy Clinic from Croatia. Other exhibitors will include Visit Jordan with the King Hussein Cancer Center, the largest of its kind in the Middle East.As in every travel market, digitalisation is a hot topic in the Medical Tourism segment. On Friday, 9 March, Dr. Andreas Keck will talk about 'The Digital Challenges in Global Medical Tourism'. Topics addressed by other lectures will include the changes and developments taking place in medical tourism, and the resultant challenges facing hotels and destinations. Over the course of 30-minute sessions Toscana Promozione Turistica (www.visittuscany.com/en/) will provide information on Tuscany's many spas. Every day from 4 p.m. onwards, exhibitors and visitors can get together at a Networking Reception, where they exchange in-depth knowledge and establish new contacts.On Friday, 9 March, taking place at the Capital Club on Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, the exclusive ITB Medical Night will also provide an opportunity to network. The event is sponsored by Toscana Promozione Turistica and participation is by special invitation only. To register please email ITB@diversitytourism.com.

Gay and Lesbian Travel: The world's biggest display at ITB Berlin

Messe Berlin GmbH ·26 February 2018
Record number of exhibitors at the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion - Launch of the LGBT+ Pioneer Award - Show highlights on the weekend for the publicEven bigger and even more diverse: From 7 to 11 March 2018 ITB Berlin will present the world's largest display of holiday products and services and the latest LGBT travel trends at a single show. This year, this fast-growing segment will feature a number of new exhibitors at the LGBT Travel Pavilion (Hall 21.b). At the LGBT Presentation Corner, now a firmly established event, there will be lectures on the latest topics, workshops, product presentations and numerous networking events.It is also thanks to ITB's engagement in recent years, that LGBT travel has developed from a niche product to an internationally recognised segment in the travel world. With the legalisation of civil partnerships, LGBT travel is now booming in many countries. This has opened up new markets and created new travel experiences, such as honeymoon tourism and rainbow family cruises", said Rika Jean-Francois, CSR officer at ITB Berlin.The interest shown by new exhibitors clearly reflects the dynamic situation in this market. Taking part for the first time this year will be Thailand, New York State, Bilbao Tourism, Costa Rica, Colombia and Christopher Street Day Berlin who will be celebrating their debut with an individual stand at the World's Largest Travel Trade Show. Numerous exhibitors have announced their return, among them Aspen/Snowmass, the region of Valencia, Fort Lauderdale, Enjoy Illinois, Ontario Tourism, Argentina, as well as numerous partners from Japan, including the Gran Via Hotel in Kyoto, Ella Travel, TomOnTour and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). This year's official 'Presenting Partner' is the Tourism Authority of Thailand. New York State, Enjoy Illinois and Choose Chicago are also partners of the LGBT segment at ITB Berlin.LGBT session at the ITB Convention, networking events and partiesAs diverse as the exhibitors in the Gay and Lesbian Travel Segment will be the accompanying program: On Friday, 9 March, taking place for the first time at the Palais am Funkturm, the LGBT session at the ITB Convention will be an important event. Starting at 12 midday, experts will talk about the 'The corporate and external impact of LGBT networks' and highlight how tourism professionals can make better use of diversity networks, something that tourism companies often underestimate. Afterwards, the presentation of the ITB LGBT+ Pioneer Award will take place for the first time. The winner will be announced on the spot. In the future, this award will be handed over annually at ITB Berlin to outstanding destinations, tourism companies and personalities who have made an important impact in creating worldwide acceptance for LGBT travel.On Wednesday, 7 March, at the CityCube Berlin, the LGBT Media Networking Brunch will take place for the 5th time. At this international networking event members of the media can gather in a relaxed atmosphere and mingle with representatives of destinations and product providers, in order to discuss their LGBT special travel trends and news. In addition to ITB's 'Presenting Partner', the Tourism Authority of Thailand, official 'Supporting Partners' will also be present: Enjoy Illinois & Choose Chicago as well as TomOnTour, New York State. The press can also meet representatives of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater, the US Travel Association, Team Japan, Vienna Tourism, Visit Berlin/Pink Pillow Collection Berlin and Visit Stockholm.Also taking place on Wednesday, 7 March, will be the Visit Berlin Pink Pillow Reception at the LGBT Pavilion in hall 21b and the popular Gay ITB Party by TomOnTour at The Reed Club. This party, which is by special invitation only, has already acquired cult status. The Ontario Tourism Reception on Thursday, 8 March at the LGBT Pavilion will provide another great opportunity to meet up and network.On the evening of Friday, 9 March, the IGLTA & Axel Hotel will be inviting visitors to a party at the Axel Hotel where donations can be made to the IGLTA Foundation, which is supported by ITB Berlin. And on Saturday, 10 March, trade visitors, members of the media and the community will come together to enjoy the Pink Pillow Breakfast at the Mercure Hotel Berlin City.For members of the public, a visit to ITB on the weekend (10 and 11 March) will definitely be worth their while. The Florida Keys and Key West will be inviting visitors to be surprised by a live promotion act at the LGBT Pavilion. Another highlight will be the performances by the 'Querplattler' group. This gay folk dance group, the first of its kind in Berlin, performs in traditional Bavarian outfit from the Chiemgau reFilligion. A number of shows will take place on Saturday starting at 2.45 p.m., and on Sunday from 1.30 p.m. As a contrast Argentina will fascinate tango enthusiasts with its popular Queer Tango Show, which will take place on Saturday at 1.30 p.m. and on Sundayat 3.30 p.m., at the LGBT Argentina booth next to the Pavilion and will also spoil gourmets with culinary delights and a wine-tasting event.

ITB Berlin 2018: High exhibitor demand sets the tone

Messe Berlin GmbH ·20 February 2018
The show is almost fully booked - Large increase in exhibitors from South America, the Arab countries and Asia - Travel Technology is booming - Focus on Luxury TravelThe countdown to the 52nd ITB Berlin from 7 to 11 March 2018 has begun: many of the halls at the World's Largest Travel Trade Show are already fully booked. Altogether, the show's management expects around 10,000 exhibitors and organisations from over 180 countries and some 110,000 trade visitors to attend the 26 halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. The focus is on Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the partner region of the show. It is organising the opening event which for the first time will leave a zero carbon footprint, setting an important trend. Over the five days of the show the German federal state will be exhibiting its wide range of tourism products in Halls 6.2a and 4.1."The outstanding number of bookings this year once again underlines ITB Berlin's role as a driving force and the event mirroring the global tourism industry. Particularly in an age of political unrest, overtourism and the ongoing digital transformation, the industry faces new challenges. Against this backdrop the World's Leading Travel Trade Show has become important for exhibitors and trade visitors as a networking platform and reliable indicator of the economy", said David Ruetz, Head of ITB Berlin.Growth, waiting lists and returning exhibitors reflect the dynamic development of the travel sectorDemand for places at ITB Berlin is particularly high from Arab countries, Asia and South America. In Peru especially, tourism has become an increasingly important economic factor. As an emerging travel destination the United Arab Emirates (Hall 2.2) are now expanding into the market. Abu Dhabi has almost doubled the size of its stand, and the displays of Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah are much larger than last year.In Hall 26 Vietnam and Laos will be occupying more than twice the floor size of 2017. Japan has also significantly increased its representation. A number of exhibitors including Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Taiwan will be welcoming visitors on two-tier stands. "Demand for two-tier stands has never been so high", said David Ruetz. All the regions from the Caribbean are exhibiting in Hall 22a, a clear sign that even after the hurricanes they are still worth a visit. Martinique and Jamaica have even increased their stand size.Egypt (Hall 4.2) will be making an emphatic return with a larger stand. Equally, as the largest exhibitor at ITB, Turkey will again be demonstrating that this colourful destination has lost none of its fascination. In Hall 3.1 bookings by the US and Russia have reached last year's levels, while waiting lists exist for Ukraine and Tajikistan. The same applies to Nepal and Sri Lanka in Hall 5.2, where demand for individual stands is particularly high.Hall 5.2b, where India is featured and which once again is fully booked, it was not possible to fulfil all the requests, so that there are now waiting lists. Rajasthan with its picturesque palaces will be represented again in 2018, along with numerous co-exhibitors. The state of Jharkhand is a newcomer to the show, as are Earth Routes and many smaller tour operators in this hall, where ayurveda and yoga will be major attractions again.European destinations will also be attracting more attention with larger stands at ITB Berlin. Thus, the Czech Republic (Hall 7.2b), the UK (Hall 18) and Sardinia (Hall 1.2, featuring Italy) will be occupying larger stands. In Hall 1.1 Portugal will be exhibiting its products on an area that has grown by one-third. This year, in addition to Hall 15, Polish regions and hotels can also be found in Hall 14.1. Demand by Romania and Slovakia is high in Hall 7.2b, where there is a waiting list, as there is for Hall 1.1, which features Greece.After long absences Belize, Guayana, French Guiana and the Turks and Caicos Islands will be returning in 2018.Growth in topical segmentsAdventure tourism and sustainable travel are important for the younger generation. This trend is reflected by the fact that Hall 4.1 is now fully booked. In the Luxury Travel segment the Loop Lounge @ ITB will be celebrating its debut in Hall 9. In cooperation with Loop, the trade fair for luxury products, ITB Berlin has created a new platform for networking exclusively with a select group of exhibitors. On the Thursday of the show the first ITB Luxury Late Night will provide an opportunity to cultivate the contacts previously made. At this new outstanding networking event at Orania.Berlin, a new Boutique Hotel, exhibitors will be able to meet leading buyers from the global luxury travel market. The event will be opened by Dietmar Muller-Elmau, the managing director of Schloss Elmau. Participation is by special invitation only.The huge prospects that medical tourism has to offer the global tourism industry will be highlighted at ITB Berlin. Due to high demand this segment, which was introduced only last year at the World's Largest Travel show, is moving to a larger hall (21b). A growing number of international exhibitors will be represented here, including from Poland, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, as well as two Turkish hospitals and Visit Jordan. Newcomers from Germany will include VisitBerlin and Berlin Health Excellence, as well Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which as the partner region of ITB Berlin 2018 will occupy a large stand. As in 2017, visitors to the presentation area can find out about developments and trends in medical tourism, for instance at a presentation on Tuscany's many spas, or at a lecture by HTI Conference Zagreb on Thursday, 8 March. The Health Tourism Industry Conference, the number one event in Europe, is also the official partner of the Medical Tourism segment. Taking place on Gendarmenmarkt on Friday, 9 March, the ITB Medical Night sponsored by Tuscany will provide an exclusive networking opportunity. Participation is by special invitation only.ITB Berlin currently features the widest-ranging Gay & Lesbian Travel (LGBT) segment at any trade fair, and it is continuing to expand. Newcomers in Hall 21b will include Colombia, New York, Bilbao, Costa Rica and Thailand, which for the first time will be the official 'presenting partner' of the LGBT Pavilion. Interesting presentations on LGBT travel are scheduled on the Pavilion's own stage. Events will also include a reception by the Berliner Pink Pillow Initiative.Huge boom in Travel TechnologyThe Travel Technology segment is booming and the waiting list is long. "Unfortunately, for capacity reasons we have been unable to meet every request for floor space", said David Ruetz. Exhibitors including eNett, Traso, Triptease and Paymentwall, which have increased their display areas, returning exhibitors, among them Travelport, as well as the Hospitality Industry Club, a newcomer, will be highlighting the excellent prospects of this fast-growing segment. Chinese exhibitor numbers are growing especially fast. The online portal Ctrip will be exhibiting its products at ITB Berlin for the first time. Other newcomers from China will include Flightroutes, Ucloudlink, Letsfly, Qyer and Qup.For the third year running ITB Berlin will be organising the ITB Chinese Night, where visitors can find out more about the Chinese travel market, exchange views and establish new contacts. This year's event on Wednesday, 7 March is being co-organised by Jin Jiang International and Ctrip and will welcome around 300 representatives of the travel industry (www.itb-china.com/itb-berlin-chinese-night/). At the ITB China 2018 Preview on Thursday, 8 March, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the CityCube Berlin, visitors can also find out about the fast-growing travel market and major attractions at ITB China, which from 16 to 18 May will be taking place for the second time.Trade visitors who would like to find out more in detail about this year's events at ITB China and ITB Asia can do so on the two ITB Global standsin Hall 3.2 (Stand 625) and Hall 20 (Stand 110).

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