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Speed networking at ITB Berlin

Exhibitors meet buyers and bloggers at the ITB Speed Networking and ITB Blogger Speed Dating events – an opportunity to network and quickly establish new business leads – following prior registration, exhibitors can take part in free events at ITB Berlin 2016 ITB Berlin 2016 is organising two Speed Dating events that will give participants an opportunity to efficiently exchange information and quickly establish numerous new leads. Whereas the ITB Speed Networking event gathers buyers and exhibitors from around the world, the ITB Blogger Speed Dating is the place where bloggers from Germany and abroad can meet representatives of the global travel industry. Both events are free of charge. In order to take part prior registration is required. Following its outstanding success at this year’s ITB Berlin the ITB Speed Networking event is going into another round. In 2016, due to high demand, there will be two one-hour networking events. Exhibitors who are looking for buyers interested in products and services available in Europe will be able to meet their target group on Thursday, 10 March. On 11 March, at the ITB Speed Networking event, exhibitors can meet with buyers operating in non-European international markets. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 9 to 10 a.m. During five-minute sessions registered exhibitors will be able to present their products and exchange contact information with buyers. Then, if desired, they can meet up later on the stand or make appointments to arrange further business for another day. As of 10 February exhibitors can register for the ITB Speed Networking event at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/ITBSpeedNetworking/ . Attendance is limited and registrations will no longer be accepted after the maximum of 500 exhibitors per event has been reached. For tour operators the real-life stories and product reviews published by bloggers from all over the globe make them vitally important opinion-formers. Due to high demand from exhibitors and bloggers, in 2016 at the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event bloggers from Germany and abroad whose main topics include adventure trips, cuisine, luxury travel, travel for the over-65s and family trips will be meeting with members of the travel industry representing, among other sectors, destinations, hotels and PR agencies. At brief, pre-planned meetings lasting eight minutes each, both sides will be able to exchange information and outline their goals. This will allow them to establish initial contact, facilitating future cooperation or trips. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 4.30 to 6 p.m. on 10 and 11 March 2016. Exhibitors can register in advance at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/BloggerSpeedDating/ .For bloggers the website address is www.itb-berlin.com/blogger . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

Speed networking at ITB Berlin

Exhibitors meet buyers and bloggers at the ITB Speed Networking and ITB Blogger Speed Dating events – an opportunity to network and quickly establish new business leads – following prior registration, exhibitors can take part in free events at ITB Berlin 2016 ITB Berlin 2016 is organising two Speed Dating events that will give participants an opportunity to efficiently exchange information and quickly establish numerous new leads. Whereas the ITB Speed Networking event gathers buyers and exhibitors from around the world, the ITB Blogger Speed Dating is the place where bloggers from Germany and abroad can meet representatives of the global travel industry. Both events are free of charge. In order to take part prior registration is required. Following its outstanding success at this year’s ITB Berlin the ITB Speed Networking event is going into another round. In 2016, due to high demand, there will be two one-hour networking events. Exhibitors who are looking for buyers interested in products and services available in Europe will be able to meet their target group on Thursday, 10 March. On 11 March, at the ITB Speed Networking event, exhibitors can meet with buyers operating in non-European international markets. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 9 to 10 a.m. During five-minute sessions registered exhibitors will be able to present their products and exchange contact information with buyers. Then, if desired, they can meet up later on the stand or make appointments to arrange further business for another day. As of 10 February exhibitors can register for the ITB Speed Networking event at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/ITBSpeedNetworking/ . Attendance is limited and registrations will no longer be accepted after the maximum of 500 exhibitors per event has been reached. For tour operators the real-life stories and product reviews published by bloggers from all over the globe make them vitally important opinion-formers. Due to high demand from exhibitors and bloggers, in 2016 at the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event bloggers from Germany and abroad whose main topics include adventure trips, cuisine, luxury travel, travel for the over-65s and family trips will be meeting with members of the travel industry representing, among other sectors, destinations, hotels and PR agencies. At brief, pre-planned meetings lasting eight minutes each, both sides will be able to exchange information and outline their goals. This will allow them to establish initial contact, facilitating future cooperation or trips. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 4.30 to 6 p.m. on 10 and 11 March 2016. Exhibitors can register in advance at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/BloggerSpeedDating/ .For bloggers the website address is www.itb-berlin.com/blogger . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

Speed networking at ITB Berlin

Exhibitors meet buyers and bloggers at the ITB Speed Networking and ITB Blogger Speed Dating events – an opportunity to network and quickly establish new business leads – following prior registration, exhibitors can take part in free events at ITB Berlin 2016 ITB Berlin 2016 is organising two Speed Dating events that will give participants an opportunity to efficiently exchange information and quickly establish numerous new leads. Whereas the ITB Speed Networking event gathers buyers and exhibitors from around the world, the ITB Blogger Speed Dating is the place where bloggers from Germany and abroad can meet representatives of the global travel industry. Both events are free of charge. In order to take part prior registration is required. Following its outstanding success at this year’s ITB Berlin the ITB Speed Networking event is going into another round. In 2016, due to high demand, there will be two one-hour networking events. Exhibitors who are looking for buyers interested in products and services available in Europe will be able to meet their target group on Thursday, 10 March. On 11 March, at the ITB Speed Networking event, exhibitors can meet with buyers operating in non-European international markets. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 9 to 10 a.m. During five-minute sessions registered exhibitors will be able to present their products and exchange contact information with buyers. Then, if desired, they can meet up later on the stand or make appointments to arrange further business for another day. As of 10 February exhibitors can register for the ITB Speed Networking event at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/ITBSpeedNetworking/ . Attendance is limited and registrations will no longer be accepted after the maximum of 500 exhibitors per event has been reached. For tour operators the real-life stories and product reviews published by bloggers from all over the globe make them vitally important opinion-formers. Due to high demand from exhibitors and bloggers, in 2016 at the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event bloggers from Germany and abroad whose main topics include adventure trips, cuisine, luxury travel, travel for the over-65s and family trips will be meeting with members of the travel industry representing, among other sectors, destinations, hotels and PR agencies. At brief, pre-planned meetings lasting eight minutes each, both sides will be able to exchange information and outline their goals. This will allow them to establish initial contact, facilitating future cooperation or trips. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 4.30 to 6 p.m. on 10 and 11 March 2016. Exhibitors can register in advance at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/BloggerSpeedDating/ .For bloggers the website address is www.itb-berlin.com/blogger . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

Speed networking at ITB Berlin

Exhibitors meet buyers and bloggers at the ITB Speed Networking and ITB Blogger Speed Dating events – an opportunity to network and quickly establish new business leads – following prior registration, exhibitors can take part in free events at ITB Berlin 2016 ITB Berlin 2016 is organising two Speed Dating events that will give participants an opportunity to efficiently exchange information and quickly establish numerous new leads. Whereas the ITB Speed Networking event gathers buyers and exhibitors from around the world, the ITB Blogger Speed Dating is the place where bloggers from Germany and abroad can meet representatives of the global travel industry. Both events are free of charge. In order to take part prior registration is required. Following its outstanding success at this year’s ITB Berlin the ITB Speed Networking event is going into another round. In 2016, due to high demand, there will be two one-hour networking events. Exhibitors who are looking for buyers interested in products and services available in Europe will be able to meet their target group on Thursday, 10 March. On 11 March, at the ITB Speed Networking event, exhibitors can meet with buyers operating in non-European international markets. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 9 to 10 a.m. During five-minute sessions registered exhibitors will be able to present their products and exchange contact information with buyers. Then, if desired, they can meet up later on the stand or make appointments to arrange further business for another day. As of 10 February exhibitors can register for the ITB Speed Networking event at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/ITBSpeedNetworking/ . Attendance is limited and registrations will no longer be accepted after the maximum of 500 exhibitors per event has been reached. For tour operators the real-life stories and product reviews published by bloggers from all over the globe make them vitally important opinion-formers. Due to high demand from exhibitors and bloggers, in 2016 at the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event bloggers from Germany and abroad whose main topics include adventure trips, cuisine, luxury travel, travel for the over-65s and family trips will be meeting with members of the travel industry representing, among other sectors, destinations, hotels and PR agencies. At brief, pre-planned meetings lasting eight minutes each, both sides will be able to exchange information and outline their goals. This will allow them to establish initial contact, facilitating future cooperation or trips. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 4.30 to 6 p.m. on 10 and 11 March 2016. Exhibitors can register in advance at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/BloggerSpeedDating/ .For bloggers the website address is www.itb-berlin.com/blogger . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

City trips set for continued growth despite terror attacks

City trips are world’s top growth segment – Positive outlook despite Paris attacks, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin City trips are the fastest-growing part of the international leisure travel market as Europeans, Asians, North and South Americans head for attractive destinations in nearby countries and also overseas. The outlook for the market segment remains positive despite the short-term impact of the terror attacks in Paris, according to experts. However, concerns are increasing about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations. These are among the findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report, which is produced by tourism consultancy IPK International on behalf of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. Strong outbound growth in all regions City trips soared by 82 percent between 2007 and 2014 to reach a 22 percent share of all outbound holiday trips worldwide, according to IPK’s World Travel Monitor®. “This was the really dynamic segment that has driven market growth over the last seven years,” IPK president Rolf Freitag commented. This strong increase has been driven by cheap flights and low-cost accommodation as well as new attractions and activities. Growth was led by Asia Pacific where city trips increased from about 15 percent of all outbound holiday trips in 2007 to about 25 percent last year. This strong growth reflects in particular the dramatic increase in the number of Chinese people going on international trips, many of them on short trips to cities in Asia. South Americans are also going on more international city trips, mostly within the continent. City trips increased their share of outbound holiday trips by nine percentage points to more than one fifth last year, boosted by travel to Brazilian cities for the football World Cup championship. In Europe, city trips grew to about 20 percent of all outbound holiday trips last year from about 15 percent in 2007, World Travel Monitor® figures show. In North America, city trips had a share of less than one fifth of the outbound holiday market in 2014. This slightly lower figure compared to other regions is largely due to geography as many major outbound city destinations are long-haul trips from a North American perspective. European cities, for example, are especially popular with US and Canadian tourists. Hong Kong, Paris and New York are top three ‘metropolitan’ destinations Hong Kong, Paris and New York were the world’s top three ‘metropolitan’ travel destinations (city plus its surroundings) in 2014, according to the World Travel Monitor®. Hong Kong remained number one, when cross-border overnight trips by Chinese residents to the territory are included. The other top ten destinations were London, Macau, Bangkok, Barcelona, Singapore, Istanbul and Munich. Limits to growth? Meanwhile, tourism experts are increasingly concerned about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. Venice, for example, is worried about the impact of high numbers of cruise passengers arriving simultaneously and then flooding through the city’s narrow streets to see the main sights all at the same time. In Barcelona, there has been well-publicised criticism by residents of the historic city centre and other districts about the number of tourists crowding through their neighbourhoods. IPK president Rolf Freitag confirmed: “This is becoming a problem in some cities. In particular, cruise ships are causing problems with their large passenger numbers.” He predicted that some cities might consider limits on the number of visitors in the next few years. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “City trips have clearly been a key growth driver for worldwide travel and tourism in recent years. International research shows that terror attacks often have only a relatively short-term impact and that the tourism industry remains very robust in the face of crises around the world.” The results and findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report are based on presentations and discussions at the annual World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa, which is supported by ITB Berlin. Initiated at the invitation of consultancy IPK International, more than 50 tourism experts and academics from around the world present the latest figures and current trends in international tourism. Additional results of IPK International’s trend surveys from January to August 2015 together with the estimates of 50 tourism experts from more than 20 countries and the key data from the World Travel Monitor® are published exclusively by ITB Berlin. The detailed results will appeared in the ITB World Travel Trends Report under www.itb-berlin.com. The World Travel Monitor® final results for the year, including the latest outlook for 2016, will be presented at the ITB Convention by Rolf Freitag, President of IPK International. The World Travel Monitor® is based on representative interviews with more than 500,000 people a year 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. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

City trips set for continued growth despite terror attacks

City trips are world’s top growth segment – Positive outlook despite Paris attacks, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin City trips are the fastest-growing part of the international leisure travel market as Europeans, Asians, North and South Americans head for attractive destinations in nearby countries and also overseas. The outlook for the market segment remains positive despite the short-term impact of the terror attacks in Paris, according to experts. However, concerns are increasing about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations. These are among the findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report, which is produced by tourism consultancy IPK International on behalf of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. Strong outbound growth in all regions City trips soared by 82 percent between 2007 and 2014 to reach a 22 percent share of all outbound holiday trips worldwide, according to IPK’s World Travel Monitor®. “This was the really dynamic segment that has driven market growth over the last seven years,” IPK president Rolf Freitag commented. This strong increase has been driven by cheap flights and low-cost accommodation as well as new attractions and activities. Growth was led by Asia Pacific where city trips increased from about 15 percent of all outbound holiday trips in 2007 to about 25 percent last year. This strong growth reflects in particular the dramatic increase in the number of Chinese people going on international trips, many of them on short trips to cities in Asia. South Americans are also going on more international city trips, mostly within the continent. City trips increased their share of outbound holiday trips by nine percentage points to more than one fifth last year, boosted by travel to Brazilian cities for the football World Cup championship. In Europe, city trips grew to about 20 percent of all outbound holiday trips last year from about 15 percent in 2007, World Travel Monitor® figures show. In North America, city trips had a share of less than one fifth of the outbound holiday market in 2014. This slightly lower figure compared to other regions is largely due to geography as many major outbound city destinations are long-haul trips from a North American perspective. European cities, for example, are especially popular with US and Canadian tourists. Hong Kong, Paris and New York are top three ‘metropolitan’ destinations Hong Kong, Paris and New York were the world’s top three ‘metropolitan’ travel destinations (city plus its surroundings) in 2014, according to the World Travel Monitor®. Hong Kong remained number one, when cross-border overnight trips by Chinese residents to the territory are included. The other top ten destinations were London, Macau, Bangkok, Barcelona, Singapore, Istanbul and Munich. Limits to growth? Meanwhile, tourism experts are increasingly concerned about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. Venice, for example, is worried about the impact of high numbers of cruise passengers arriving simultaneously and then flooding through the city’s narrow streets to see the main sights all at the same time. In Barcelona, there has been well-publicised criticism by residents of the historic city centre and other districts about the number of tourists crowding through their neighbourhoods. IPK president Rolf Freitag confirmed: “This is becoming a problem in some cities. In particular, cruise ships are causing problems with their large passenger numbers.” He predicted that some cities might consider limits on the number of visitors in the next few years. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “City trips have clearly been a key growth driver for worldwide travel and tourism in recent years. International research shows that terror attacks often have only a relatively short-term impact and that the tourism industry remains very robust in the face of crises around the world.” The results and findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report are based on presentations and discussions at the annual World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa, which is supported by ITB Berlin. Initiated at the invitation of consultancy IPK International, more than 50 tourism experts and academics from around the world present the latest figures and current trends in international tourism. Additional results of IPK International’s trend surveys from January to August 2015 together with the estimates of 50 tourism experts from more than 20 countries and the key data from the World Travel Monitor® are published exclusively by ITB Berlin. The detailed results will appeared in the ITB World Travel Trends Report under www.itb-berlin.com. The World Travel Monitor® final results for the year, including the latest outlook for 2016, will be presented at the ITB Convention by Rolf Freitag, President of IPK International. The World Travel Monitor® is based on representative interviews with more than 500,000 people a year 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. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

City trips set for continued growth despite terror attacks

City trips are world’s top growth segment – Positive outlook despite Paris attacks, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin City trips are the fastest-growing part of the international leisure travel market as Europeans, Asians, North and South Americans head for attractive destinations in nearby countries and also overseas. The outlook for the market segment remains positive despite the short-term impact of the terror attacks in Paris, according to experts. However, concerns are increasing about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations. These are among the findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report, which is produced by tourism consultancy IPK International on behalf of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. Strong outbound growth in all regions City trips soared by 82 percent between 2007 and 2014 to reach a 22 percent share of all outbound holiday trips worldwide, according to IPK’s World Travel Monitor®. “This was the really dynamic segment that has driven market growth over the last seven years,” IPK president Rolf Freitag commented. This strong increase has been driven by cheap flights and low-cost accommodation as well as new attractions and activities. Growth was led by Asia Pacific where city trips increased from about 15 percent of all outbound holiday trips in 2007 to about 25 percent last year. This strong growth reflects in particular the dramatic increase in the number of Chinese people going on international trips, many of them on short trips to cities in Asia. South Americans are also going on more international city trips, mostly within the continent. City trips increased their share of outbound holiday trips by nine percentage points to more than one fifth last year, boosted by travel to Brazilian cities for the football World Cup championship. In Europe, city trips grew to about 20 percent of all outbound holiday trips last year from about 15 percent in 2007, World Travel Monitor® figures show. In North America, city trips had a share of less than one fifth of the outbound holiday market in 2014. This slightly lower figure compared to other regions is largely due to geography as many major outbound city destinations are long-haul trips from a North American perspective. European cities, for example, are especially popular with US and Canadian tourists. Hong Kong, Paris and New York are top three ‘metropolitan’ destinations Hong Kong, Paris and New York were the world’s top three ‘metropolitan’ travel destinations (city plus its surroundings) in 2014, according to the World Travel Monitor®. Hong Kong remained number one, when cross-border overnight trips by Chinese residents to the territory are included. The other top ten destinations were London, Macau, Bangkok, Barcelona, Singapore, Istanbul and Munich. Limits to growth? Meanwhile, tourism experts are increasingly concerned about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. Venice, for example, is worried about the impact of high numbers of cruise passengers arriving simultaneously and then flooding through the city’s narrow streets to see the main sights all at the same time. In Barcelona, there has been well-publicised criticism by residents of the historic city centre and other districts about the number of tourists crowding through their neighbourhoods. IPK president Rolf Freitag confirmed: “This is becoming a problem in some cities. In particular, cruise ships are causing problems with their large passenger numbers.” He predicted that some cities might consider limits on the number of visitors in the next few years. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “City trips have clearly been a key growth driver for worldwide travel and tourism in recent years. International research shows that terror attacks often have only a relatively short-term impact and that the tourism industry remains very robust in the face of crises around the world.” The results and findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report are based on presentations and discussions at the annual World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa, which is supported by ITB Berlin. Initiated at the invitation of consultancy IPK International, more than 50 tourism experts and academics from around the world present the latest figures and current trends in international tourism. Additional results of IPK International’s trend surveys from January to August 2015 together with the estimates of 50 tourism experts from more than 20 countries and the key data from the World Travel Monitor® are published exclusively by ITB Berlin. The detailed results will appeared in the ITB World Travel Trends Report under www.itb-berlin.com. The World Travel Monitor® final results for the year, including the latest outlook for 2016, will be presented at the ITB Convention by Rolf Freitag, President of IPK International. The World Travel Monitor® is based on representative interviews with more than 500,000 people a year 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. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

City trips set for continued growth despite terror attacks

City trips are world’s top growth segment – Positive outlook despite Paris attacks, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin City trips are the fastest-growing part of the international leisure travel market as Europeans, Asians, North and South Americans head for attractive destinations in nearby countries and also overseas. The outlook for the market segment remains positive despite the short-term impact of the terror attacks in Paris, according to experts. However, concerns are increasing about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations. These are among the findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report, which is produced by tourism consultancy IPK International on behalf of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. Strong outbound growth in all regions City trips soared by 82 percent between 2007 and 2014 to reach a 22 percent share of all outbound holiday trips worldwide, according to IPK’s World Travel Monitor®. “This was the really dynamic segment that has driven market growth over the last seven years,” IPK president Rolf Freitag commented. This strong increase has been driven by cheap flights and low-cost accommodation as well as new attractions and activities. Growth was led by Asia Pacific where city trips increased from about 15 percent of all outbound holiday trips in 2007 to about 25 percent last year. This strong growth reflects in particular the dramatic increase in the number of Chinese people going on international trips, many of them on short trips to cities in Asia. South Americans are also going on more international city trips, mostly within the continent. City trips increased their share of outbound holiday trips by nine percentage points to more than one fifth last year, boosted by travel to Brazilian cities for the football World Cup championship. In Europe, city trips grew to about 20 percent of all outbound holiday trips last year from about 15 percent in 2007, World Travel Monitor® figures show. In North America, city trips had a share of less than one fifth of the outbound holiday market in 2014. This slightly lower figure compared to other regions is largely due to geography as many major outbound city destinations are long-haul trips from a North American perspective. European cities, for example, are especially popular with US and Canadian tourists. Hong Kong, Paris and New York are top three ‘metropolitan’ destinations Hong Kong, Paris and New York were the world’s top three ‘metropolitan’ travel destinations (city plus its surroundings) in 2014, according to the World Travel Monitor®. Hong Kong remained number one, when cross-border overnight trips by Chinese residents to the territory are included. The other top ten destinations were London, Macau, Bangkok, Barcelona, Singapore, Istanbul and Munich. Limits to growth? Meanwhile, tourism experts are increasingly concerned about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. Venice, for example, is worried about the impact of high numbers of cruise passengers arriving simultaneously and then flooding through the city’s narrow streets to see the main sights all at the same time. In Barcelona, there has been well-publicised criticism by residents of the historic city centre and other districts about the number of tourists crowding through their neighbourhoods. IPK president Rolf Freitag confirmed: “This is becoming a problem in some cities. In particular, cruise ships are causing problems with their large passenger numbers.” He predicted that some cities might consider limits on the number of visitors in the next few years. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “City trips have clearly been a key growth driver for worldwide travel and tourism in recent years. International research shows that terror attacks often have only a relatively short-term impact and that the tourism industry remains very robust in the face of crises around the world.” The results and findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report are based on presentations and discussions at the annual World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa, which is supported by ITB Berlin. Initiated at the invitation of consultancy IPK International, more than 50 tourism experts and academics from around the world present the latest figures and current trends in international tourism. Additional results of IPK International’s trend surveys from January to August 2015 together with the estimates of 50 tourism experts from more than 20 countries and the key data from the World Travel Monitor® are published exclusively by ITB Berlin. The detailed results will appeared in the ITB World Travel Trends Report under www.itb-berlin.com. The World Travel Monitor® final results for the year, including the latest outlook for 2016, will be presented at the ITB Convention by Rolf Freitag, President of IPK International. The World Travel Monitor® is based on representative interviews with more than 500,000 people a year 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. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB Business Travel Days: up-to-the-minute knowledge and an interactive exchange with industry experts

Seminars for business travel managers and everyone in business travel – opportunities for establishing important leads – Home of Business Travel by ITB & VDR is the place to meet – visitors receive attendance certificates – special travel package for travel and event managers Business trips are an important economic factor in the travel industry. From 9 to 11 March 2016 the ITB Business Travel Days will offer everyone working in the business travel market an ideal platform for networking. At ITB Berlin 2016, at this three-day event for industry professionals, practical workshops with up-to-the-minute information on methods and strategies will provide both career newcomers and experienced travel managers with first-hand knowledge and updates. Attendance certificates will be issued on request. ITB trade visitor and exhibitor passes grant automatic admission to all lectures and workshops. On 10 March, at the Business Travel Corporate Day, lectures will focus on ’Digitisation in mobility management – a worthwhile connection?’ Among the key headings will be ’Adapt or die – what does digitisation actually mean for travel and event management?’ and power apps that are an integral part of corporate software. The participants will examine whether the path of innovation really is a success factor at the workplace or whether the lure of technology is a dead end. Another discussion round will look at the following topic: ’Cutting business trip and meeting costs to the max – is there still potential or are we at the limit?’ Experts will highlight the available opportunities, realistic targets and at what stage cost-cutting becomes counterproductive. A debate will also take place on whether scaling back strategic travel and event management makes it still viable. In his paper under the heading of ’Mobility strategy 2020’ Michael Müller, senior director and head of Mobility & Facilities, Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH and TIC Travel Manager 2015, will highlight an example of best practices. His global pharmaceutical company has put together a mobility concept that gives employees free choice of transportation and rewards transport that is eco-friendly and promotes health. If, following vehicle use, or any transport alternatives, there are funds left over, then these can be spent on a list of compensation and benefits services or for selected private purposes. Another question being asked is whether business trips produce calculable returns. Initial studies in collaboration with leading companies have revealed promising results. At a workshop, Anne-Katrin Schulz, head of Corporate Communications and Marketing of Bund der Auslands-Erwerbstätigen (BDAE) will talk about ’Sending workers abroad – how to properly organise business trips’. She will examine the legal aspects of social insurance and highlight how strict guidelines not only provide a framework for handling trips abroad but can also avoid conflicts. The MICE workshops on 11 March will be looking at how to use gamification tools to influence the online booking behaviour of business travellers, as well as examining organisational guidelines and MICE booking portals. The ’Home of Business Travel by ITB & VDR’ provides visitors with a relaxing atmosphere where they can meet and exchange knowledge. This exclusive meeting place offers travel and event managers, young employees, buyers and office professionals from around the world an opportunity to find out about available professional management services during and after their business trip. It is also an opportunity to cultivate existing business relations and establish new contacts. The ’Home of Business Travel’ also makes it easy for visitors to update their knowledge, as this dedicated exhibition is organised directly with the lectures and discussion rounds of the ITB Business Travel Days. Special ITB business travel package ITB Berlin has put together a special travel package for travel managers and event planners that features a number of exclusive services. This package includes an overnight in the Estrel Hotel Berlin, a ticket for Stars in Concert, a first-class rail fare and participation in the seminars at the ITB Business Travel Days. The special offer is limited to two employees per company, and can be booked on the website at www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/Topics/BusinessTravelMICE/ . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show the ITB Berlin Convention, the world’s largest tourism convention, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. The WTCF (World Tourism Cities Federation) is Co-Host of the ITB Berlin Convention and Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB Business Travel Days: up-to-the-minute knowledge and an interactive exchange with industry experts

Seminars for business travel managers and everyone in business travel – opportunities for establishing important leads – Home of Business Travel by ITB & VDR is the place to meet – visitors receive attendance certificates – special travel package for travel and event managers Business trips are an important economic factor in the travel industry. From 9 to 11 March 2016 the ITB Business Travel Days will offer everyone working in the business travel market an ideal platform for networking. At ITB Berlin 2016, at this three-day event for industry professionals, practical workshops with up-to-the-minute information on methods and strategies will provide both career newcomers and experienced travel managers with first-hand knowledge and updates. Attendance certificates will be issued on request. ITB trade visitor and exhibitor passes grant automatic admission to all lectures and workshops. On 10 March, at the Business Travel Corporate Day, lectures will focus on ’Digitisation in mobility management – a worthwhile connection?’ Among the key headings will be ’Adapt or die – what does digitisation actually mean for travel and event management?’ and power apps that are an integral part of corporate software. The participants will examine whether the path of innovation really is a success factor at the workplace or whether the lure of technology is a dead end. Another discussion round will look at the following topic: ’Cutting business trip and meeting costs to the max – is there still potential or are we at the limit?’ Experts will highlight the available opportunities, realistic targets and at what stage cost-cutting becomes counterproductive. A debate will also take place on whether scaling back strategic travel and event management makes it still viable. In his paper under the heading of ’Mobility strategy 2020’ Michael Müller, senior director and head of Mobility & Facilities, Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH and TIC Travel Manager 2015, will highlight an example of best practices. His global pharmaceutical company has put together a mobility concept that gives employees free choice of transportation and rewards transport that is eco-friendly and promotes health. If, following vehicle use, or any transport alternatives, there are funds left over, then these can be spent on a list of compensation and benefits services or for selected private purposes. Another question being asked is whether business trips produce calculable returns. Initial studies in collaboration with leading companies have revealed promising results. At a workshop, Anne-Katrin Schulz, head of Corporate Communications and Marketing of Bund der Auslands-Erwerbstätigen (BDAE) will talk about ’Sending workers abroad – how to properly organise business trips’. She will examine the legal aspects of social insurance and highlight how strict guidelines not only provide a framework for handling trips abroad but can also avoid conflicts. The MICE workshops on 11 March will be looking at how to use gamification tools to influence the online booking behaviour of business travellers, as well as examining organisational guidelines and MICE booking portals. The ’Home of Business Travel by ITB & VDR’ provides visitors with a relaxing atmosphere where they can meet and exchange knowledge. This exclusive meeting place offers travel and event managers, young employees, buyers and office professionals from around the world an opportunity to find out about available professional management services during and after their business trip. It is also an opportunity to cultivate existing business relations and establish new contacts. The ’Home of Business Travel’ also makes it easy for visitors to update their knowledge, as this dedicated exhibition is organised directly with the lectures and discussion rounds of the ITB Business Travel Days. Special ITB business travel package ITB Berlin has put together a special travel package for travel managers and event planners that features a number of exclusive services. This package includes an overnight in the Estrel Hotel Berlin, a ticket for Stars in Concert, a first-class rail fare and participation in the seminars at the ITB Business Travel Days. The special offer is limited to two employees per company, and can be booked on the website at www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/Topics/BusinessTravelMICE/ . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show the ITB Berlin Convention, the world’s largest tourism convention, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. The WTCF (World Tourism Cities Federation) is Co-Host of the ITB Berlin Convention and Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .