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50 years of ITB Berlin: a passion for cycle tours

Trips around the world to mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading travel trade show: Fredy Gareis and Bjørn Harvig, both adventurous cyclists, talk about their cycle tour experiences and Copenhagen, the cycling capital of the world 50 years old and still going strong: in 2016 the world’s leading travel trade show will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Taking as its slogan ’From Berlin with Love’, ITB Berlin has launched a major anniversary campaign in cooperation with the airline airberlin. 50 ambassadors of ITB Berlin travelled to 50 destinations around the world where they met 50 representatives and had fascinating encounters. These meetings produced interesting, fascinating and unusual stories which can be discovered on the website at www.itb50.com . All of these stories will be compiled in a book which is due for release at the next ITB Berlin. Fredy Gareis, a journalist from Berlin, and Bjørn Harvig, a travel writer, met up in Copenhagen. Both are passionate about cycling and have explored many parts of the world on their bikes. They first met each other in Ukraine in 2007 and have been friends ever since. It was Bjørn Harvig who gave Fredy Gareis the idea of cycling from Tel Aviv to Berlin, who has now written about his experiences in a book. Copenhagen was the ideal place to talk about cycle tours and tourism by bike, as the Danish capital has long since become a mecca for cyclists: around 55 per cent of the population cycle to school or work. What is the reason for you doing exceptionally long and adventurous cycling tours? Fredy Gareis: When you travel by bike it is easy to meet people, you have an instant connection. There is no need to build up trust like a journalist normally has to do. People think you are either harmless or an idiot for making such an effort: “They only use a bike because they don’t have a car”. So most of them are keen to talk to you. Bjørn Harvig: You pass roads that tourists normally don’t see. When I arrive at a village, the bike is generally an attraction. In many places people actually want to leave and so they are happy that you have come to visit. What is really surprising to me is how people offer you their friendship without you asking for it. I call them my “unknown friends”. What have you learnt about yourself during these long trips? BH: That it’s not about the distance you travel or the speed you go. It’s about trying to focus on being where you are at that moment. Most of the time the things you really want to experience turn out not to be the greatest. It’s at places where you least expect it that something always happens. You learn to give yourself time to stop and get lost. FG: The lesson I have learned is similar to the one a climber has to learn, too. You will get frustrated if you constantly look at the top. Step-by-step is the key. How do you transfer your experiences into books? FG: I keep a detailed written diary every day. The beauty is in the details and you have to make sure you don’t forget them. BH: Same here. The diary is a lifesaver, too. The writing gets you through bad days because it gives you a sense of: “I am doing this because I hope to gather some stories that people might want to read”. Also, the stories become more precious to me through the diary. We don’t talk to presidents or politicians but to normal people that have never told their story before. Would you say the number of bicycle travelers has increased in recent years? BH: Yes, I think so. Many people don’t want to buy a package tour; they want to plan their trips themselves. FG: I am not sure about this development. The number has increased but many plan their trip in a secure and technical way. GPS is getting bigger, but isn’t it about getting lost? I guess in the near future, with GPS so prevalent, there will be cycle trips that combine adventure and convenience. We never use GPS, we use paper maps. Technical progress is generally a good thing but overplanning can weaken the experience, it is no longer an adventure. Regarding cycling, do you think one can compare Copenhagen to Berlin? Does Copenhagen live up to its name of “bicycle capital”? FG: We don’t have enough bike lanes in Berlin and the behavior on the roads is quite aggressive. But it is still a good city compared to many others. Copenhagen is way better though. BH: In Copenhagen they try to make it easy for cyclists because everyone cycles. We have a superhighway through the city and at the red lights there are panels to rest your feet. Also, there are roofs above the traffic lights so you don’t get wet on rainy days. We also have rotating garbage cans so you can throw away your banana peel while riding. They do a lot. I guess we have earned the title “bicycle capital”. 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 .

50 years of ITB Berlin: a passion for cycle tours

Trips around the world to mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s leading travel trade show: Fredy Gareis and Bjørn Harvig, both adventurous cyclists, talk about their cycle tour experiences and Copenhagen, the cycling capital of the world 50 years old and still going strong: in 2016 the world’s leading travel trade show will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Taking as its slogan ’From Berlin with Love’, ITB Berlin has launched a major anniversary campaign in cooperation with the airline airberlin. 50 ambassadors of ITB Berlin travelled to 50 destinations around the world where they met 50 representatives and had fascinating encounters. These meetings produced interesting, fascinating and unusual stories which can be discovered on the website at www.itb50.com . All of these stories will be compiled in a book which is due for release at the next ITB Berlin. Fredy Gareis, a journalist from Berlin, and Bjørn Harvig, a travel writer, met up in Copenhagen. Both are passionate about cycling and have explored many parts of the world on their bikes. They first met each other in Ukraine in 2007 and have been friends ever since. It was Bjørn Harvig who gave Fredy Gareis the idea of cycling from Tel Aviv to Berlin, who has now written about his experiences in a book. Copenhagen was the ideal place to talk about cycle tours and tourism by bike, as the Danish capital has long since become a mecca for cyclists: around 55 per cent of the population cycle to school or work. What is the reason for you doing exceptionally long and adventurous cycling tours? Fredy Gareis: When you travel by bike it is easy to meet people, you have an instant connection. There is no need to build up trust like a journalist normally has to do. People think you are either harmless or an idiot for making such an effort: “They only use a bike because they don’t have a car”. So most of them are keen to talk to you. Bjørn Harvig: You pass roads that tourists normally don’t see. When I arrive at a village, the bike is generally an attraction. In many places people actually want to leave and so they are happy that you have come to visit. What is really surprising to me is how people offer you their friendship without you asking for it. I call them my “unknown friends”. What have you learnt about yourself during these long trips? BH: That it’s not about the distance you travel or the speed you go. It’s about trying to focus on being where you are at that moment. Most of the time the things you really want to experience turn out not to be the greatest. It’s at places where you least expect it that something always happens. You learn to give yourself time to stop and get lost. FG: The lesson I have learned is similar to the one a climber has to learn, too. You will get frustrated if you constantly look at the top. Step-by-step is the key. How do you transfer your experiences into books? FG: I keep a detailed written diary every day. The beauty is in the details and you have to make sure you don’t forget them. BH: Same here. The diary is a lifesaver, too. The writing gets you through bad days because it gives you a sense of: “I am doing this because I hope to gather some stories that people might want to read”. Also, the stories become more precious to me through the diary. We don’t talk to presidents or politicians but to normal people that have never told their story before. Would you say the number of bicycle travelers has increased in recent years? BH: Yes, I think so. Many people don’t want to buy a package tour; they want to plan their trips themselves. FG: I am not sure about this development. The number has increased but many plan their trip in a secure and technical way. GPS is getting bigger, but isn’t it about getting lost? I guess in the near future, with GPS so prevalent, there will be cycle trips that combine adventure and convenience. We never use GPS, we use paper maps. Technical progress is generally a good thing but overplanning can weaken the experience, it is no longer an adventure. Regarding cycling, do you think one can compare Copenhagen to Berlin? Does Copenhagen live up to its name of “bicycle capital”? FG: We don’t have enough bike lanes in Berlin and the behavior on the roads is quite aggressive. But it is still a good city compared to many others. Copenhagen is way better though. BH: In Copenhagen they try to make it easy for cyclists because everyone cycles. We have a superhighway through the city and at the red lights there are panels to rest your feet. Also, there are roofs above the traffic lights so you don’t get wet on rainy days. We also have rotating garbage cans so you can throw away your banana peel while riding. They do a lot. I guess we have earned the title “bicycle capital”. 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 .

North Americans head for foreign shores

ITB World Travel Trends Report predicts strong growth for North America outbound travel in 2016 – Low growth likely out of South America – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin North Americans are travelling in force this year thanks to the improving US economy and strong US dollar, and similarly strong growth is expected next year. Outbound trips are up by 5 percent this year, which is ahead of forecasts. South American outbound travel growth has remained robust despite weak economic conditions in the region but lower growth is expected next year. These are some of the key results and forecasts 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. North America outbound travel beats forecasts The number of outbound trips made by travellers from North America increased by about 5 percent between January and August this year, according to preliminary IPK World Travel Monitor® results. This is ahead of the expected 3 percent growth for 2015 and follows growth of 6 percent in 2014. While US outbound travel in general is particularly strong this year, Canadian outbound travel to the USA, the main destination, is on the other hand weaker in 2015. Some of the key factors behind these positive US market trends, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report, are good levels of consumer confidence, supported by GDP growth and falling unemployment. Moreover, the strong dollar is increasing the spending power of US consumers for international travel. In contrast, Canadian consumer confidence has declined due to weaker economic conditions in the country. This year’s outbound trends are also reflected in inbound data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as reported in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. According to UNWTO, international tourist arrivals in the Americas as a whole grew by 4 percent between January and August 2015, which consolidated last year’s strong 8 percent growth. The appreciation of the US dollar stimulated outbound travel from the United States while impacting on inbound travel to the country. The Caribbean and Central America (both up by 7 percent) saw the highest growth in international tourist arrivals in the region fuelled largely by the US and European markets, thus maintaining their good growth rates of 2014. International tourist numbers to North America recorded a 3 percent increase following a 10 percent growth last year. Inbound tourism to the United States was affected by a stronger currency but both Canada and Mexico enjoyed strong growth. North America outbound travel set for good growth in 2016 Looking ahead to next year, IPK predicts a 5 percent rise in North American outbound travel, based on its Travel Confidence Index which measures travel intentions in the region for the next year. Rolf Freitag, IPK International president, commented: “The US outbound market is performing very well this year and 2016 should be the best year that the North American outbound travel market has ever seen. But we must see if the recent terror attacks in Paris change the picture.” Weaker growth for South America lies ahead In South America, growth in outbound travel is slowing after several years of strong increases yet it has remained surprisingly robust so far this year. The number of outbound trips made by travellers from South America increased by about 4 percent between January and August this year, according to preliminary IPK World Travel Monitor® results. This is slightly ahead of the original 3 percent growth forecast for 2015. The outlook for next year is not so good, however, due to the recession in Brazil and weaker economic conditions in other major countries, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. There are several factors behind the solid growth figure for this year. “South Americans are still travelling, especially within the region. There is also a significant proportion of well-off travellers who are less affected by the economic slowdown and they are still spending,” explained Rolf Freitag, IPK International president. According to UNTWO, international tourism to South America grew 4 percent over the first eight months of 2015, following a 7 percent increase in 2014. Weak outlook for 2016 The outlook for South America next year, however, is not so rosy. IPK’s Latin American Travel Confidence Index for 2016 expects a moderate growth of just 1.9 percent for outbound travel from the region next year. Nevertheless, 43 percent of South American international travellers want to travel next year as much as in 2015 and 27 percent might travel even more, according to the index. One wild card for 2016 is whether the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next summer might have the same positive impact on international travel to Brazil as the football World Cup in 2014 which generated about half a million additional Brazil visitors both from South America and further afield. The Olympics will certainly attract a large number of sports fans but it is unclear what kind of publicity Brazil will generate before and during the event, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President Director Travel and Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “Overall, international travel from the Americas is performing well. There’s a minor boom in US outbound travel thanks to the strong dollar while the Brazilian market is doing surprisingly well considering the country’s economic challenges.” 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 appear at the beginning of December 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 .

North Americans head for foreign shores

ITB World Travel Trends Report predicts strong growth for North America outbound travel in 2016 – Low growth likely out of South America – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin North Americans are travelling in force this year thanks to the improving US economy and strong US dollar, and similarly strong growth is expected next year. Outbound trips are up by 5 percent this year, which is ahead of forecasts. South American outbound travel growth has remained robust despite weak economic conditions in the region but lower growth is expected next year. These are some of the key results and forecasts 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. North America outbound travel beats forecasts The number of outbound trips made by travellers from North America increased by about 5 percent between January and August this year, according to preliminary IPK World Travel Monitor® results. This is ahead of the expected 3 percent growth for 2015 and follows growth of 6 percent in 2014. While US outbound travel in general is particularly strong this year, Canadian outbound travel to the USA, the main destination, is on the other hand weaker in 2015. Some of the key factors behind these positive US market trends, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report, are good levels of consumer confidence, supported by GDP growth and falling unemployment. Moreover, the strong dollar is increasing the spending power of US consumers for international travel. In contrast, Canadian consumer confidence has declined due to weaker economic conditions in the country. This year’s outbound trends are also reflected in inbound data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as reported in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. According to UNWTO, international tourist arrivals in the Americas as a whole grew by 4 percent between January and August 2015, which consolidated last year’s strong 8 percent growth. The appreciation of the US dollar stimulated outbound travel from the United States while impacting on inbound travel to the country. The Caribbean and Central America (both up by 7 percent) saw the highest growth in international tourist arrivals in the region fuelled largely by the US and European markets, thus maintaining their good growth rates of 2014. International tourist numbers to North America recorded a 3 percent increase following a 10 percent growth last year. Inbound tourism to the United States was affected by a stronger currency but both Canada and Mexico enjoyed strong growth. North America outbound travel set for good growth in 2016 Looking ahead to next year, IPK predicts a 5 percent rise in North American outbound travel, based on its Travel Confidence Index which measures travel intentions in the region for the next year. Rolf Freitag, IPK International president, commented: “The US outbound market is performing very well this year and 2016 should be the best year that the North American outbound travel market has ever seen. But we must see if the recent terror attacks in Paris change the picture.” Weaker growth for South America lies ahead In South America, growth in outbound travel is slowing after several years of strong increases yet it has remained surprisingly robust so far this year. The number of outbound trips made by travellers from South America increased by about 4 percent between January and August this year, according to preliminary IPK World Travel Monitor® results. This is slightly ahead of the original 3 percent growth forecast for 2015. The outlook for next year is not so good, however, due to the recession in Brazil and weaker economic conditions in other major countries, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. There are several factors behind the solid growth figure for this year. “South Americans are still travelling, especially within the region. There is also a significant proportion of well-off travellers who are less affected by the economic slowdown and they are still spending,” explained Rolf Freitag, IPK International president. According to UNTWO, international tourism to South America grew 4 percent over the first eight months of 2015, following a 7 percent increase in 2014. Weak outlook for 2016 The outlook for South America next year, however, is not so rosy. IPK’s Latin American Travel Confidence Index for 2016 expects a moderate growth of just 1.9 percent for outbound travel from the region next year. Nevertheless, 43 percent of South American international travellers want to travel next year as much as in 2015 and 27 percent might travel even more, according to the index. One wild card for 2016 is whether the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next summer might have the same positive impact on international travel to Brazil as the football World Cup in 2014 which generated about half a million additional Brazil visitors both from South America and further afield. The Olympics will certainly attract a large number of sports fans but it is unclear what kind of publicity Brazil will generate before and during the event, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President Director Travel and Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “Overall, international travel from the Americas is performing well. There’s a minor boom in US outbound travel thanks to the strong dollar while the Brazilian market is doing surprisingly well considering the country’s economic challenges.” 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 appear at the beginning of December 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 .

North Americans head for foreign shores

ITB World Travel Trends Report predicts strong growth for North America outbound travel in 2016 – Low growth likely out of South America – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin North Americans are travelling in force this year thanks to the improving US economy and strong US dollar, and similarly strong growth is expected next year. Outbound trips are up by 5 percent this year, which is ahead of forecasts. South American outbound travel growth has remained robust despite weak economic conditions in the region but lower growth is expected next year. These are some of the key results and forecasts 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. North America outbound travel beats forecasts The number of outbound trips made by travellers from North America increased by about 5 percent between January and August this year, according to preliminary IPK World Travel Monitor® results. This is ahead of the expected 3 percent growth for 2015 and follows growth of 6 percent in 2014. While US outbound travel in general is particularly strong this year, Canadian outbound travel to the USA, the main destination, is on the other hand weaker in 2015. Some of the key factors behind these positive US market trends, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report, are good levels of consumer confidence, supported by GDP growth and falling unemployment. Moreover, the strong dollar is increasing the spending power of US consumers for international travel. In contrast, Canadian consumer confidence has declined due to weaker economic conditions in the country. This year’s outbound trends are also reflected in inbound data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as reported in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. According to UNWTO, international tourist arrivals in the Americas as a whole grew by 4 percent between January and August 2015, which consolidated last year’s strong 8 percent growth. The appreciation of the US dollar stimulated outbound travel from the United States while impacting on inbound travel to the country. The Caribbean and Central America (both up by 7 percent) saw the highest growth in international tourist arrivals in the region fuelled largely by the US and European markets, thus maintaining their good growth rates of 2014. International tourist numbers to North America recorded a 3 percent increase following a 10 percent growth last year. Inbound tourism to the United States was affected by a stronger currency but both Canada and Mexico enjoyed strong growth. North America outbound travel set for good growth in 2016 Looking ahead to next year, IPK predicts a 5 percent rise in North American outbound travel, based on its Travel Confidence Index which measures travel intentions in the region for the next year. Rolf Freitag, IPK International president, commented: “The US outbound market is performing very well this year and 2016 should be the best year that the North American outbound travel market has ever seen. But we must see if the recent terror attacks in Paris change the picture.” Weaker growth for South America lies ahead In South America, growth in outbound travel is slowing after several years of strong increases yet it has remained surprisingly robust so far this year. The number of outbound trips made by travellers from South America increased by about 4 percent between January and August this year, according to preliminary IPK World Travel Monitor® results. This is slightly ahead of the original 3 percent growth forecast for 2015. The outlook for next year is not so good, however, due to the recession in Brazil and weaker economic conditions in other major countries, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. There are several factors behind the solid growth figure for this year. “South Americans are still travelling, especially within the region. There is also a significant proportion of well-off travellers who are less affected by the economic slowdown and they are still spending,” explained Rolf Freitag, IPK International president. According to UNTWO, international tourism to South America grew 4 percent over the first eight months of 2015, following a 7 percent increase in 2014. Weak outlook for 2016 The outlook for South America next year, however, is not so rosy. IPK’s Latin American Travel Confidence Index for 2016 expects a moderate growth of just 1.9 percent for outbound travel from the region next year. Nevertheless, 43 percent of South American international travellers want to travel next year as much as in 2015 and 27 percent might travel even more, according to the index. One wild card for 2016 is whether the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next summer might have the same positive impact on international travel to Brazil as the football World Cup in 2014 which generated about half a million additional Brazil visitors both from South America and further afield. The Olympics will certainly attract a large number of sports fans but it is unclear what kind of publicity Brazil will generate before and during the event, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President Director Travel and Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “Overall, international travel from the Americas is performing well. There’s a minor boom in US outbound travel thanks to the strong dollar while the Brazilian market is doing surprisingly well considering the country’s economic challenges.” 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 appear at the beginning of December 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 .

Asia Pacific outbound travel maintains strong growth

ITB World Travel Trends Report predicts 6.1 percent growth in 2016 – High travel confidence in China despite economic slowdown – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin Asia Pacific remains a leading growth market for world travel with a 5 percent rise in outbound trips so far this year despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy. Even stronger growth of 6.1 percent can be expected next year, according to 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. This means that the region will once again outpace world travel growth in 2016 and continue to gain market share. The number of outbound trips made by travellers from Asia Pacific increased by about 5 percent between January and August this year, according to preliminary World Travel Monitor® figures. This followed growth of 6.5 percent in 2014. In comparison, the number of outbound trips worldwide increased by 4.5 percent in the first eight months of 2015, the World Travel Monitor® found. Rolf Freitag, IPK International president, commented: “These are very robust figures and show that Asia Pacific has grown slightly faster than the overall worldwide outbound travel market this year, although somewhat more slowly than in 2014.” Inbound travel to and within Asia Pacific has also remained on the growth path this year. International tourist arrivals to the region rose 4.3% over the first eight months of this year, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). At a sub-regional level, Oceania (+6.6%) led growth, followed by South-East Asia (+5.6%), where Thailand showed a strong rebound after weaker results last year. Arrivals grew by 4.2% in South Asia and by 3.2% in North-East Asia, where Japan continues to show extraordinary growth. The latest figures confirm Asia Pacific’s importance as a growth driver for world travel. Since 2007, the total number of outbound trips by travellers from the region (excluding Chinese travel to Hong Kong and Macau) increased by 65 percent to a total of 170 million trips, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. This growth was more than twice as much as overall world growth between 2007 and 2014. Key trends in the Asia Pacific outbound market over this period include rises in short trips, beach holidays and city trips, along with a move to up-market hotels and higher average spending. Looking ahead to next year, IPK predicts a 6.1 percent rise in Asia Pacific outbound travel, based on its Travel Confidence Index which measures travel intentions in the region for the next year. According to the index, 70 percent of travellers in Asia Pacific want to travel at least as much in 2016 as this year, including a high 27 percent who want to travel more. Significantly, confidence remains high in China and double-digit growth is expected in 2016. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “These very positive figures show that Asia Pacific remains the top growth market for world tourism. It is especially encouraging to see the high levels of confidence for outbound travel from China next year. We can look forward to another strong year for Asia Pacific outbound travel.” 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 appear at the beginning of December 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 .

Asia Pacific outbound travel maintains strong growth

ITB World Travel Trends Report predicts 6.1 percent growth in 2016 – High travel confidence in China despite economic slowdown – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin Asia Pacific remains a leading growth market for world travel with a 5 percent rise in outbound trips so far this year despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy. Even stronger growth of 6.1 percent can be expected next year, according to 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. This means that the region will once again outpace world travel growth in 2016 and continue to gain market share. The number of outbound trips made by travellers from Asia Pacific increased by about 5 percent between January and August this year, according to preliminary World Travel Monitor® figures. This followed growth of 6.5 percent in 2014. In comparison, the number of outbound trips worldwide increased by 4.5 percent in the first eight months of 2015, the World Travel Monitor® found. Rolf Freitag, IPK International president, commented: “These are very robust figures and show that Asia Pacific has grown slightly faster than the overall worldwide outbound travel market this year, although somewhat more slowly than in 2014.” Inbound travel to and within Asia Pacific has also remained on the growth path this year. International tourist arrivals to the region rose 4.3% over the first eight months of this year, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). At a sub-regional level, Oceania (+6.6%) led growth, followed by South-East Asia (+5.6%), where Thailand showed a strong rebound after weaker results last year. Arrivals grew by 4.2% in South Asia and by 3.2% in North-East Asia, where Japan continues to show extraordinary growth. The latest figures confirm Asia Pacific’s importance as a growth driver for world travel. Since 2007, the total number of outbound trips by travellers from the region (excluding Chinese travel to Hong Kong and Macau) increased by 65 percent to a total of 170 million trips, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. This growth was more than twice as much as overall world growth between 2007 and 2014. Key trends in the Asia Pacific outbound market over this period include rises in short trips, beach holidays and city trips, along with a move to up-market hotels and higher average spending. Looking ahead to next year, IPK predicts a 6.1 percent rise in Asia Pacific outbound travel, based on its Travel Confidence Index which measures travel intentions in the region for the next year. According to the index, 70 percent of travellers in Asia Pacific want to travel at least as much in 2016 as this year, including a high 27 percent who want to travel more. Significantly, confidence remains high in China and double-digit growth is expected in 2016. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “These very positive figures show that Asia Pacific remains the top growth market for world tourism. It is especially encouraging to see the high levels of confidence for outbound travel from China next year. We can look forward to another strong year for Asia Pacific outbound travel.” 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 appear at the beginning of December 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 .

Asia Pacific outbound travel maintains strong growth

ITB World Travel Trends Report predicts 6.1 percent growth in 2016 – High travel confidence in China despite economic slowdown – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin Asia Pacific remains a leading growth market for world travel with a 5 percent rise in outbound trips so far this year despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy. Even stronger growth of 6.1 percent can be expected next year, according to 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. This means that the region will once again outpace world travel growth in 2016 and continue to gain market share. The number of outbound trips made by travellers from Asia Pacific increased by about 5 percent between January and August this year, according to preliminary World Travel Monitor® figures. This followed growth of 6.5 percent in 2014. In comparison, the number of outbound trips worldwide increased by 4.5 percent in the first eight months of 2015, the World Travel Monitor® found. Rolf Freitag, IPK International president, commented: “These are very robust figures and show that Asia Pacific has grown slightly faster than the overall worldwide outbound travel market this year, although somewhat more slowly than in 2014.” Inbound travel to and within Asia Pacific has also remained on the growth path this year. International tourist arrivals to the region rose 4.3% over the first eight months of this year, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). At a sub-regional level, Oceania (+6.6%) led growth, followed by South-East Asia (+5.6%), where Thailand showed a strong rebound after weaker results last year. Arrivals grew by 4.2% in South Asia and by 3.2% in North-East Asia, where Japan continues to show extraordinary growth. The latest figures confirm Asia Pacific’s importance as a growth driver for world travel. Since 2007, the total number of outbound trips by travellers from the region (excluding Chinese travel to Hong Kong and Macau) increased by 65 percent to a total of 170 million trips, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. This growth was more than twice as much as overall world growth between 2007 and 2014. Key trends in the Asia Pacific outbound market over this period include rises in short trips, beach holidays and city trips, along with a move to up-market hotels and higher average spending. Looking ahead to next year, IPK predicts a 6.1 percent rise in Asia Pacific outbound travel, based on its Travel Confidence Index which measures travel intentions in the region for the next year. According to the index, 70 percent of travellers in Asia Pacific want to travel at least as much in 2016 as this year, including a high 27 percent who want to travel more. Significantly, confidence remains high in China and double-digit growth is expected in 2016. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “These very positive figures show that Asia Pacific remains the top growth market for world tourism. It is especially encouraging to see the high levels of confidence for outbound travel from China next year. We can look forward to another strong year for Asia Pacific outbound travel.” 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 appear at the beginning of December 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 .

Asia Pacific outbound travel maintains strong growth

ITB World Travel Trends Report predicts 6.1 percent growth in 2016 – High travel confidence in China despite economic slowdown – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin Asia Pacific remains a leading growth market for world travel with a 5 percent rise in outbound trips so far this year despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy. Even stronger growth of 6.1 percent can be expected next year, according to 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. This means that the region will once again outpace world travel growth in 2016 and continue to gain market share. The number of outbound trips made by travellers from Asia Pacific increased by about 5 percent between January and August this year, according to preliminary World Travel Monitor® figures. This followed growth of 6.5 percent in 2014. In comparison, the number of outbound trips worldwide increased by 4.5 percent in the first eight months of 2015, the World Travel Monitor® found. Rolf Freitag, IPK International president, commented: “These are very robust figures and show that Asia Pacific has grown slightly faster than the overall worldwide outbound travel market this year, although somewhat more slowly than in 2014.” Inbound travel to and within Asia Pacific has also remained on the growth path this year. International tourist arrivals to the region rose 4.3% over the first eight months of this year, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). At a sub-regional level, Oceania (+6.6%) led growth, followed by South-East Asia (+5.6%), where Thailand showed a strong rebound after weaker results last year. Arrivals grew by 4.2% in South Asia and by 3.2% in North-East Asia, where Japan continues to show extraordinary growth. The latest figures confirm Asia Pacific’s importance as a growth driver for world travel. Since 2007, the total number of outbound trips by travellers from the region (excluding Chinese travel to Hong Kong and Macau) increased by 65 percent to a total of 170 million trips, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. This growth was more than twice as much as overall world growth between 2007 and 2014. Key trends in the Asia Pacific outbound market over this period include rises in short trips, beach holidays and city trips, along with a move to up-market hotels and higher average spending. Looking ahead to next year, IPK predicts a 6.1 percent rise in Asia Pacific outbound travel, based on its Travel Confidence Index which measures travel intentions in the region for the next year. According to the index, 70 percent of travellers in Asia Pacific want to travel at least as much in 2016 as this year, including a high 27 percent who want to travel more. Significantly, confidence remains high in China and double-digit growth is expected in 2016. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “These very positive figures show that Asia Pacific remains the top growth market for world tourism. It is especially encouraging to see the high levels of confidence for outbound travel from China next year. We can look forward to another strong year for Asia Pacific outbound travel.” 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 appear at the beginning of December 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 .

50 years of ITB Berlin: how it all began

The world’s leading travel trade show is celebrating its anniversary with 50 trips around the world – the current head David Ruetz meets Dr. Manfred Busche, who started ITB Berlin It is now 50 years since the world’s leading travel trade show was launched and celebrations are under way with a major anniversary campaign. Its slogan is “From Berlin with Love“. In cooperation with airberlin 50 ambassadors of ITB Berlin are travelling to 50 destinations around the world where they are meeting 50 representatives, all of whom have interesting, fascinating and unusual stories to tell. The individual visits to places around the world can be followed by visiting www.itb50.com , where each week new stories will be published. All of these encounters will be recorded in a book, to be presented at ITB Berlin 2016. In order to meet the fair’s visionary founder, without whom ITB Berlin would not exist today, there was no need for the fair’s current head David Ruetz to travel halfway around the globe. He stayed at home instead. Dr. Manfred Busche former CEO of Messe Berlin (1987-1999) now lives in Ketzin near Berlin. In 1966, with the introduction of the first international tourism exchange, Dr. Busche paved the way for a success story, one that was “made in Berlin“ and has now spanned 50 years. When it was first launched it hosted nine exhibitors from five countries and was attended by only 250 trade visitors. It quickly became the world’s leading travel trade show. The statistics speak for themselves: in 2015 more than 10,000 exhibitors from 186 countries displayed their products and services to around 175,000 visitors. An interview with the people who made ITB Berlin what it is today: How did you come up with the idea of launching ITB? Dr. Manfred Busche: “We thought about the expansion of the exhibition program in Berlin because we felt something was missing. At first we thought about a hunting exhibition but we eliminated that thought quickly due to the fact that it had to do with shooting. Regarding the four-power status in Berlin this seemed illusory. Afterwards, we came up with the idea of the travel trade show – which made sense.” Who was critical of the idea of ITB in the beginning? Dr. Manfred Busche: “In the beginning, ITB was a difficult subject because it threatened the interests of many. Powerful travel agencies believed that ITB would harm their business because it would mean a shift of the business. Additionally, the hoteliers’ opinions were divided; they took a critical stance towards ITB, as they were against the expansion of the hotel capacity in Berlin. On the other hand, the hoteliers also appreciated the idea of meeting others from the industry to discuss business.” What was the biggest success of ITB in the past? Dr. Manfred Busche: “Talking to the exhibitors about the next ITB meant the greatest success. “Don’t you want an additional square meter next year? Do you want to be in this or that exhibition hall?” This is how we knew that the current trade fair was good but that the next one would be even better.” Mr. Ruetz, what was the biggest success during your career at ITB? David Ruetz: “The establishment of the ITB Convention was a major milestone. This tourism congress, which is attended by experts from almost all tourism sectors worldwide, is running parallel to the trade fair. Increasing visitor numbers speak for themselves; the convention can be seen as a “think tank” discussing relevant future topics of the tourism industry and discovering trends.” Mr. Ruetz, how do you see the development of ITB in the upcoming years? David Ruetz: “In times of the Internet and in the digital age, the longing for personal encounter is increasing. An annual family reunion such as ITB, where you look one another in the eye and shake hands, is an absolute must. Additionally, I believe that ITB can grow in other markets due to the strength of the brand, just take a look at ITB Asia. Finally, I think that ITB can offer and develop additional services, such as consulting and training. I also have the vision of extending the collective think tank, consisting of the congress and studies. Ideally, we will be important to the world all year around, not just five days a year.” More information and interviews can be found online at www.itb50.com . In order to request an interview with ambassadors of ITB Berlin please contact Astrid Zand, zand@messe-berlin.de . Über die ITB Berlin und den ITB Berlin Kongress Die ITB Berlin 2016 findet von Mittwoch bis Sonntag, 9. bis 13. März, statt. Von Mittwoch bis Freitag ist die ITB Berlin für Fachbesucher geöffnet. Parallel zur Messe läuft der ITB Berlin Kongress von Mittwoch bis Samstag, 9. bis 12. März 2016. Er ist weltweit der größte Fachkongress der Branche. Mehr Informationen sind zu finden unter www.itb-kongress.de . Die ITB Berlin ist die führende Messe der weltweiten Reiseindustrie. 2015 stellten 10.096 Aussteller aus 186 Ländern ihre Produkte und Dienstleistungen rund 175.000 Besuchern, darunter 115.000 Fachbesuchern vor. Treten Sie dem ITB Pressenetz auf www.xing.com bei. Werden Sie Fan der ITB Berlin auf www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Folgen Sie der ITB Berlin auf www.twitter.com . Sie finden aktuelle Informationen im Social Media Newsroom auf http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de Pressemeldungen im Internet finden Sie unter www.itb-berlin.de im Bereich Presse/Pressemitteilungen. Nutzen Sie auch unseren Service und abonnieren Sie dort die RSS-Feeds . 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