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ITB Berlin Convention: a big boost for one’s knowledge

The world’s leading tourism convention features leading international speakers – discussions and lectures on the latest topics, including digitisation, the refugee crisis and climate change – the ITB eTravel World examines digital nomads and influencer marketing – admission is free for trade visitors at ITB Berlin The programme of events at the forthcoming ITB Convention features a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from humanoid robots, migration and integration to career advice for the next generation of tourism professionals. From 9 to 12 March 2016, at discussion rounds and lectures, speakers will be offering their candid views on examples of best practices and thought-provoking suggestions and ideas. Anyone who is interested can obtain an initial overview of the programme by visiting www.itb-convention.com/program/ . The list of speakers will follow in early 2016. For trade visitors at ITB Berlin admission to the international travel industry’s leading think tank is free. On 9 March events will kick off with the ITB Future Day, which examines the mega trends and key topics of the global travel industry, including digitisation and sustainable tourism. In 2016, taking place for the second time, the World Legacy Awards will be presented by National Geographic and ITB Berlin. Costas Christ, chairman of the National Geographic World Legacy Awards and editor of National Geographic Traveler, will host the prize-giving ceremony which will be honouring winners in five categories. These include the implementation of eco-friendly business practices, the promotion of cultural authenticity and the preservation of nature. On Thursday, 10 March, the ITB Hospitality Day will be welcoming ’Mario’. Once again, hospitalityinside.com is the exclusive media partner of this event. Mario is the youngest employee at the Ghent Marriott Hotel in Belgium, speaks 19 languages and is the first humanoid robot to work in a hotel. His inventors and the hotel director will be explaining how he came into being, as well as his tasks at the hotel. On Friday, 11 March visitors to the ITB Marketing and Distribution Day will be able to witness a live demonstration of robots in action. AikoChihira, a humanoid robot, will be showing what tourism might look like in the future. The luxury travel market is currently undergoing a paradigm shift. Tourists are now in favour of authenticity, self-discovery and unforgettable experiences rather than excessive luxury and opulence. On Friday, 11 March, a discussion round will be examining this trend. Following a motivational speech by abbot emeritus Daniel Schönbächler of the Benedictine monastery of Disentis, a discussion will take place with Brett McDonald, managing director of Flame of Africa; Dr. Ute Dallmeier, managing director of Windrose Finest Travel, and Thomas P. Illes, a cruise analyst, university lecturer and journalist. Marc Aeberhard, proprietor of Luxury Hotel & Spa Management Ltd, will moderate the event. The EU’s new package travel directive will also be the subject of intense debate. The directive raises many as yet unanswered questions for conventional travel agencies and online portals. At what point does tour operator liability affect travel agencies? When does a “click- through booking“ become package travel and what regulations will there be to protect against bankruptcy? Prof. Dr. Ernst Führich, professor of Travel Law, formerly at Hochschule Kempten; Stephen Mason, senior partner in Travlaw LLP, and publisher of Travel Law Quarterly; Dr. Georg Koch; Prof. Dr. Klaus Tonner, emeritus professor of European Law at the University of Rostock; and Klaus Siebert, partner in Siebert Rechtsanwälte, will be discussing the status quo and the impact of the new directive. Nadine Kasszian, editor of fvw, will moderate the event. In his paper on 11 March at the ITB Marketing and Distribution Day, Prof. Dr. Martin Lohmann, managing director of New Insights for Tourism (NIT), Kiel, Forschungsgemeinschaft Urlaub und Reisen e.V., Kiel, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, will be talking about happiness levels and the latest findings of this new branch of research, which the travel industry would do well to exploit. Besides relaxing, more and more tourists want to experience happiness and well-being on their trips. The latest travel analysis findings illustrate how tourism products and marketing communications can be optimised to achieve this. From 9 to 11 March at the ITB Destination Days, topics will include refugees, migration and tourism. The influx of refugees across Europe also poses major challenges for tourism destinations such as Turkey, Greece, Italy and Austria. On 10 March, Prof. Dr. Harald Pechlaner, president of AIEST and Tourism Faculty chair at Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt; Prof Dr Jürgen Schmude, president of DGT and chair of the Faculty of Economic Geography and Tourism Research at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, as well as Dr. Dirk Glaesser, director of the UNWTO Sustainable Development Programme, will be presenting their international findings and shedding light on an up-to-the-minute topic. Climate change also poses a challenge for tourism around the world. On 11 March at the ITB CSR Day, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and one of the world’s most acknowledged researchers, will be among those talking about the tourism regions most at risk, and the developments and results of research in this field. Aziz Abu Sarah, founder of Mejdi Tours, tour operator, and a multi award-winning, highly regarded keynote speaker, will be explaining how tourism can help to prevent violent conflicts, and how promoting peace and achieving success in the tourism industry can go hand in hand. On 9 March, the ITB Young Professionals Day will be offering advice for the next generation of tourism professionals. Jasmine Taylor, CEO of JT Touristik, will hold the ITB CEO speech. She will be highlighting career paths in tourism and explaining how young people can achieve success in their new jobs, providing their general attitude is right. Jochen Mai, economics correspondent and author of career books, will be explaining correct business etiquette, i.e. the customs to observe and pitfalls to avoid at the workplace. In an interview, Michael Buller, chairman of Verband Internet Reisevertrieb, will have tips on how students taking tourism courses can improve their career chances by acquiring technological expertise. Once again, the ITB Berlin eTravel World in Hall 6.1 remains one step ahead. By offering lectures and workshops on travel technology, mobile solutions and social media in the travel industry this platform has already made a name for itself with established companies and up-and-coming startups. Next year, the topics for discussion in the eTravel Lab and on the eTravel Stage will include digital nomads, influencer marketing and responsive web design. Furthermore, experienced specialists will have information on the latest developments regarding big data and the sharing economy. To mark the 50th anniversary of ITB Berlin the story of travel technology will also be told, with a look ahead to the future. Sponsored by Traffics, the centrally located ITB eTravel Lounge in Hall 6.1 will once again offer a place to network in 2016. 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. Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors, and WTCF (World Tourism Cities Federation) is co-host of ITB Berlin Convention. 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 .

High-spending Arab tourists go on more diverse holidays

Middle East is world’s fastest-growing outbound travel market – Young well-off Arabian travellers go on long expensive trips, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin The Arabian outbound travel market is growing into a lucrative niche business as well-off travellers venture more beyond their home region and spend heavily on up-market accommodation, shopping and entertainment. The Middle East outbound travel market was actually the world’s fastest-growing market this year with a 9 per cent increase in outbound trips over the first eight months of this year, according to preliminary World Travel Monitor® results from IPK International. 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. Young well-off travellers go on long expensive trips Beside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the most attractive outbound market in the region and both are characterised by high spending and long trips. There is a very high proportion of high-earners going on international trips and a high (about 50 per cent) share of younger international travellers under the age of 34, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Furthermore, close to one third of trips are made with children. More than 30 per cent of outbound trips from the region were taken by immigrants with residence and work licences in the Middle East, mostly travelling abroad to visit friends and relatives. In 2014, about two thirds of outbound trips by Emiratis were for holiday purposes with a wide range of holiday types, ranging from tours and city trips to private events such as honeymoons and health-focused trips, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Emirates-based travellers like to escape the summer heat and mostly go on international trips in the summer months (almost 60 per cent) compared to about 40 per cent in the winter season. Moreover, they tend to go on long trips, with an average trip lasting 14 nights, and almost 30 per cent of them lasting 16 nights or more. UAE travellers are also good spenders, with the average spending per person per night at about 200 euros. The average cost of a trip per person therefore totalled about 2,800 euros, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Shopping, entertainment and health Many UAE residents have about 30-40 days a year available for holidays and often go on two or three trips a year, including one major international trip outside the region. “The outbound travel market is driven by factors as culture, entertainment, accessibility and the desire to visit cities,” explained Ramzi Maaytah, Partner of IPK International Middle East. With a high proportion of young couples, families and also more women travelling from the region, entertainment, shopping and other leisure activities are popular destination activities. Health-related travel is also a notable trend with well-off Arabs often going on long trips for medical purposes, accompanied by a large number of family members. In addition, Arabian tourists often book serviced apartments, for example, where a maid does the cooking and cleaning. “There is also an interesting trend for people to visit long-haul destinations offering Islamic hospitality, such as Malaysia and Indonesia,” Maaytah pointed out. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “The Middle East outbound market is developing into a lucrative niche market, especially for European destinations which can offer the right kind of products and services that high-spending Arabian travellers are seeking. There is plenty of growth potential for this market in the coming years.” 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 .

High-spending Arab tourists go on more diverse holidays

Middle East is world’s fastest-growing outbound travel market – Young well-off Arabian travellers go on long expensive trips, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin The Arabian outbound travel market is growing into a lucrative niche business as well-off travellers venture more beyond their home region and spend heavily on up-market accommodation, shopping and entertainment. The Middle East outbound travel market was actually the world’s fastest-growing market this year with a 9 per cent increase in outbound trips over the first eight months of this year, according to preliminary World Travel Monitor® results from IPK International. 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. Young well-off travellers go on long expensive trips Beside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the most attractive outbound market in the region and both are characterised by high spending and long trips. There is a very high proportion of high-earners going on international trips and a high (about 50 per cent) share of younger international travellers under the age of 34, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Furthermore, close to one third of trips are made with children. More than 30 per cent of outbound trips from the region were taken by immigrants with residence and work licences in the Middle East, mostly travelling abroad to visit friends and relatives. In 2014, about two thirds of outbound trips by Emiratis were for holiday purposes with a wide range of holiday types, ranging from tours and city trips to private events such as honeymoons and health-focused trips, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Emirates-based travellers like to escape the summer heat and mostly go on international trips in the summer months (almost 60 per cent) compared to about 40 per cent in the winter season. Moreover, they tend to go on long trips, with an average trip lasting 14 nights, and almost 30 per cent of them lasting 16 nights or more. UAE travellers are also good spenders, with the average spending per person per night at about 200 euros. The average cost of a trip per person therefore totalled about 2,800 euros, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Shopping, entertainment and health Many UAE residents have about 30-40 days a year available for holidays and often go on two or three trips a year, including one major international trip outside the region. “The outbound travel market is driven by factors as culture, entertainment, accessibility and the desire to visit cities,” explained Ramzi Maaytah, Partner of IPK International Middle East. With a high proportion of young couples, families and also more women travelling from the region, entertainment, shopping and other leisure activities are popular destination activities. Health-related travel is also a notable trend with well-off Arabs often going on long trips for medical purposes, accompanied by a large number of family members. In addition, Arabian tourists often book serviced apartments, for example, where a maid does the cooking and cleaning. “There is also an interesting trend for people to visit long-haul destinations offering Islamic hospitality, such as Malaysia and Indonesia,” Maaytah pointed out. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “The Middle East outbound market is developing into a lucrative niche market, especially for European destinations which can offer the right kind of products and services that high-spending Arabian travellers are seeking. There is plenty of growth potential for this market in the coming years.” 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 .

High-spending Arab tourists go on more diverse holidays

Middle East is world’s fastest-growing outbound travel market – Young well-off Arabian travellers go on long expensive trips, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin The Arabian outbound travel market is growing into a lucrative niche business as well-off travellers venture more beyond their home region and spend heavily on up-market accommodation, shopping and entertainment. The Middle East outbound travel market was actually the world’s fastest-growing market this year with a 9 per cent increase in outbound trips over the first eight months of this year, according to preliminary World Travel Monitor® results from IPK International. 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. Young well-off travellers go on long expensive trips Beside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the most attractive outbound market in the region and both are characterised by high spending and long trips. There is a very high proportion of high-earners going on international trips and a high (about 50 per cent) share of younger international travellers under the age of 34, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Furthermore, close to one third of trips are made with children. More than 30 per cent of outbound trips from the region were taken by immigrants with residence and work licences in the Middle East, mostly travelling abroad to visit friends and relatives. In 2014, about two thirds of outbound trips by Emiratis were for holiday purposes with a wide range of holiday types, ranging from tours and city trips to private events such as honeymoons and health-focused trips, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Emirates-based travellers like to escape the summer heat and mostly go on international trips in the summer months (almost 60 per cent) compared to about 40 per cent in the winter season. Moreover, they tend to go on long trips, with an average trip lasting 14 nights, and almost 30 per cent of them lasting 16 nights or more. UAE travellers are also good spenders, with the average spending per person per night at about 200 euros. The average cost of a trip per person therefore totalled about 2,800 euros, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Shopping, entertainment and health Many UAE residents have about 30-40 days a year available for holidays and often go on two or three trips a year, including one major international trip outside the region. “The outbound travel market is driven by factors as culture, entertainment, accessibility and the desire to visit cities,” explained Ramzi Maaytah, Partner of IPK International Middle East. With a high proportion of young couples, families and also more women travelling from the region, entertainment, shopping and other leisure activities are popular destination activities. Health-related travel is also a notable trend with well-off Arabs often going on long trips for medical purposes, accompanied by a large number of family members. In addition, Arabian tourists often book serviced apartments, for example, where a maid does the cooking and cleaning. “There is also an interesting trend for people to visit long-haul destinations offering Islamic hospitality, such as Malaysia and Indonesia,” Maaytah pointed out. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “The Middle East outbound market is developing into a lucrative niche market, especially for European destinations which can offer the right kind of products and services that high-spending Arabian travellers are seeking. There is plenty of growth potential for this market in the coming years.” 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 .

High-spending Arab tourists go on more diverse holidays

Middle East is world’s fastest-growing outbound travel market – Young well-off Arabian travellers go on long expensive trips, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin The Arabian outbound travel market is growing into a lucrative niche business as well-off travellers venture more beyond their home region and spend heavily on up-market accommodation, shopping and entertainment. The Middle East outbound travel market was actually the world’s fastest-growing market this year with a 9 per cent increase in outbound trips over the first eight months of this year, according to preliminary World Travel Monitor® results from IPK International. 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. Young well-off travellers go on long expensive trips Beside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the most attractive outbound market in the region and both are characterised by high spending and long trips. There is a very high proportion of high-earners going on international trips and a high (about 50 per cent) share of younger international travellers under the age of 34, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Furthermore, close to one third of trips are made with children. More than 30 per cent of outbound trips from the region were taken by immigrants with residence and work licences in the Middle East, mostly travelling abroad to visit friends and relatives. In 2014, about two thirds of outbound trips by Emiratis were for holiday purposes with a wide range of holiday types, ranging from tours and city trips to private events such as honeymoons and health-focused trips, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Emirates-based travellers like to escape the summer heat and mostly go on international trips in the summer months (almost 60 per cent) compared to about 40 per cent in the winter season. Moreover, they tend to go on long trips, with an average trip lasting 14 nights, and almost 30 per cent of them lasting 16 nights or more. UAE travellers are also good spenders, with the average spending per person per night at about 200 euros. The average cost of a trip per person therefore totalled about 2,800 euros, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Shopping, entertainment and health Many UAE residents have about 30-40 days a year available for holidays and often go on two or three trips a year, including one major international trip outside the region. “The outbound travel market is driven by factors as culture, entertainment, accessibility and the desire to visit cities,” explained Ramzi Maaytah, Partner of IPK International Middle East. With a high proportion of young couples, families and also more women travelling from the region, entertainment, shopping and other leisure activities are popular destination activities. Health-related travel is also a notable trend with well-off Arabs often going on long trips for medical purposes, accompanied by a large number of family members. In addition, Arabian tourists often book serviced apartments, for example, where a maid does the cooking and cleaning. “There is also an interesting trend for people to visit long-haul destinations offering Islamic hospitality, such as Malaysia and Indonesia,” Maaytah pointed out. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “The Middle East outbound market is developing into a lucrative niche market, especially for European destinations which can offer the right kind of products and services that high-spending Arabian travellers are seeking. There is plenty of growth potential for this market in the coming years.” 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: 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. 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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. 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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. 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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 .

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. 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