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Gay & Lesbian Travel: World’s biggest display at ITB Berlin

Large LGBT Pavilion features newcomers – popular LGBT Media Networking Brunch – lectures and discussion round at ITB Berlin Convention on trips to established and emerging destinations in the Gay & Lesbian travel market – TomOnTour’s Gay ITB Party on 9 March 2016 and other local events Gay and lesbian travel is one of the fastest-growing markets in the international travel industry. ITB Berlin presents the world’s largest display of travel options and the latest trends and products at a single show. The LGBT Pavilion in Hall 3.1b is the place to head. The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) will be the centre of attention, along with Kenes Tours from Tel Aviv, and newcomers such as the organiser Moments from Mauritius and Club Holidays Adventures from India. Also appearing at the pavilion for the first time are Quiiky Gay Tours from Italy and mCruise, a new gay cruise operator. Exhibitors returning to the show include Ontario Tourism, Hotel Granvia Kyoto from Japan, Wien Tourismus, Diversity Consulting International from Madrid, and the island of Mykonos. Representing the USA again are the popular LGBT destinations Florida Keys & Key West, and the Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Exhibitors from South America include Brazil, which will be attracting attention with a photo wall for the 2016 Olympics, as well as Argentina with queer tango demonstrations. ITB’s LGBT partner Diversity Tourism/TomOnTour will be showing its wide range of products and services. On 9 March, the Wednesday of ITB, starting at 4 p.m., the Spartacus International Gay Guide will be inviting visitors to a reception on its stand. Partners are the IGLTA, Berliner Aidshilfe and airberlin. On the Saturday of ITB at 4 p.m., the well-known Mate Travel Award will be held for the first time in the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion. mCruise, Condor Flugdienst and Schauinsland Reisen will be organising for the first time the Gay Café in the pavilion. The LGBT Media Networking Brunch, which has established itself as an international networking event, will take place on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The hosts are ITB Berlin and Visit Florida & Partners: Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater CVB, Beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Florida Keys & Key West. Also taking part will be the Illinois Office of Tourism, the US Travel Association, Visit Britain, Ontario Tourism, Visit Brüssel, Visit Benidorm, Spartacus and TomOnTour/ITB Berlin. On Tuesday, 8 March, on the eve of ITB Berlin, the IGLTA and a new member of the organisation, the Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA), as well as the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will be inviting registered guests to a networking reception at Hotel Berlin. On Wednesday, 9 March, an event on the ITB Berlin calendar not to be missed is the TomOnTour’s Gay ITB Party, which this time will be taking place in the recently opened Hotel Amano Grand Central and is also sponsored by Visit Florida & Partners. A prize draw will offer the chance to win two Lufthansa tickets. Due to high demand, only invited guests will be admitted. On the Thursday of ITB from 5 to 6 p.m., Argentina will be organising a reception on the LGBT stand of Argentina in Hall 3.1. H.E. Gustavo Santos, the tourism minister of Argentina, will sign a strategic partnership agreement with ITB Berlin, which aims to jointly promote and develop the LGBT travel segment. On Friday, 11 March, from 9 to 11.30 p.m. at Axel Hotel, at the IGLTA & Axel Hotel Berlin ITB Party, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and meet people. On admission, guests are requested to give 10 euros to the prize draw, which together with the proceeds from the draw will be donated to the IGLTA Foundation. This foundation aims to obtain safety, dignity, and respect for LGBT travellers and travel agencies, particularly in regions where tourism is still developing. ITB Berlin supports the IGLTA Foundation. On the Saturday of ITB the ITB IGLTA partners visitBerlin and the pink pillow Berlin Collection Hotels will be inviting registered guests to the LGBT ITB breakfast in Hotel Sylter Hof Berlin. LGBT tourism at the ITB Berlin Convention On Friday, 11 March, at the ITB Berlin Convention, day three of the ITB Destination Days will be addressing the topic of gay and lesbian travel. Taking as its heading ’New challenges for established and emerging destinations in the Gay & Lesbian travel segment’, the focus will be on LGBT destinations which have already attained the limits of possible growth and are now embracing niche market products such as transgender marketing or trips rainbow families. On the other hand, there are many regions in the world where LGBT travellers are not yet welcome. Following introductions by Rika Jean-François, CSR commissioner, ITB Berlin, and a board member of IGLTA and the IGLTA Foundation, Peter Jordan, Senior Tourism Analyst, Toposophy, from Amsterdam; Thomas Roth, founder, Community Marketing & Insights, San Francisco; LGBT Research and partner of ITB Berlin; and Thomas Bachinger, Market Management USA, UK, India, from Wien Tourismus will be talking about their experiences and the challenges facing the various markets. Afterwards, a discussion round moderated by Thomas Bömkes, managing director, Diversity Tourism GmbH, LGBT Consultant ITB Berlin, will take place involving all the participants. ITB Berlin is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA): www.iglta.org . Additional information about the ITB LGBT travel segment can be found at http://www.itb-berlin.com/lgbt . To find out more, exhibitors can contact Rika Jean-François, CSR commissioner, ITB Berlin ( jeanfrancois@messe-berlin.de ), or Thomas Bömkes, LGBT consultant, ITB Berlin ( TB@diversitytourism.com ). 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 .

Gay & Lesbian Travel: World’s biggest display at ITB Berlin

Large LGBT Pavilion features newcomers – popular LGBT Media Networking Brunch – lectures and discussion round at ITB Berlin Convention on trips to established and emerging destinations in the Gay & Lesbian travel market – TomOnTour’s Gay ITB Party on 9 March 2016 and other local events Gay and lesbian travel is one of the fastest-growing markets in the international travel industry. ITB Berlin presents the world’s largest display of travel options and the latest trends and products at a single show. The LGBT Pavilion in Hall 3.1b is the place to head. The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) will be the centre of attention, along with Kenes Tours from Tel Aviv, and newcomers such as the organiser Moments from Mauritius and Club Holidays Adventures from India. Also appearing at the pavilion for the first time are Quiiky Gay Tours from Italy and mCruise, a new gay cruise operator. Exhibitors returning to the show include Ontario Tourism, Hotel Granvia Kyoto from Japan, Wien Tourismus, Diversity Consulting International from Madrid, and the island of Mykonos. Representing the USA again are the popular LGBT destinations Florida Keys & Key West, and the Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Exhibitors from South America include Brazil, which will be attracting attention with a photo wall for the 2016 Olympics, as well as Argentina with queer tango demonstrations. ITB’s LGBT partner Diversity Tourism/TomOnTour will be showing its wide range of products and services. On 9 March, the Wednesday of ITB, starting at 4 p.m., the Spartacus International Gay Guide will be inviting visitors to a reception on its stand. Partners are the IGLTA, Berliner Aidshilfe and airberlin. On the Saturday of ITB at 4 p.m., the well-known Mate Travel Award will be held for the first time in the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion. mCruise, Condor Flugdienst and Schauinsland Reisen will be organising for the first time the Gay Café in the pavilion. The LGBT Media Networking Brunch, which has established itself as an international networking event, will take place on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The hosts are ITB Berlin and Visit Florida & Partners: Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater CVB, Beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Florida Keys & Key West. Also taking part will be the Illinois Office of Tourism, the US Travel Association, Visit Britain, Ontario Tourism, Visit Brüssel, Visit Benidorm, Spartacus and TomOnTour/ITB Berlin. On Tuesday, 8 March, on the eve of ITB Berlin, the IGLTA and a new member of the organisation, the Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA), as well as the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will be inviting registered guests to a networking reception at Hotel Berlin. On Wednesday, 9 March, an event on the ITB Berlin calendar not to be missed is the TomOnTour’s Gay ITB Party, which this time will be taking place in the recently opened Hotel Amano Grand Central and is also sponsored by Visit Florida & Partners. A prize draw will offer the chance to win two Lufthansa tickets. Due to high demand, only invited guests will be admitted. On the Thursday of ITB from 5 to 6 p.m., Argentina will be organising a reception on the LGBT stand of Argentina in Hall 3.1. H.E. Gustavo Santos, the tourism minister of Argentina, will sign a strategic partnership agreement with ITB Berlin, which aims to jointly promote and develop the LGBT travel segment. On Friday, 11 March, from 9 to 11.30 p.m. at Axel Hotel, at the IGLTA & Axel Hotel Berlin ITB Party, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and meet people. On admission, guests are requested to give 10 euros to the prize draw, which together with the proceeds from the draw will be donated to the IGLTA Foundation. This foundation aims to obtain safety, dignity, and respect for LGBT travellers and travel agencies, particularly in regions where tourism is still developing. ITB Berlin supports the IGLTA Foundation. On the Saturday of ITB the ITB IGLTA partners visitBerlin and the pink pillow Berlin Collection Hotels will be inviting registered guests to the LGBT ITB breakfast in Hotel Sylter Hof Berlin. LGBT tourism at the ITB Berlin Convention On Friday, 11 March, at the ITB Berlin Convention, day three of the ITB Destination Days will be addressing the topic of gay and lesbian travel. Taking as its heading ’New challenges for established and emerging destinations in the Gay & Lesbian travel segment’, the focus will be on LGBT destinations which have already attained the limits of possible growth and are now embracing niche market products such as transgender marketing or trips rainbow families. On the other hand, there are many regions in the world where LGBT travellers are not yet welcome. Following introductions by Rika Jean-François, CSR commissioner, ITB Berlin, and a board member of IGLTA and the IGLTA Foundation, Peter Jordan, Senior Tourism Analyst, Toposophy, from Amsterdam; Thomas Roth, founder, Community Marketing & Insights, San Francisco; LGBT Research and partner of ITB Berlin; and Thomas Bachinger, Market Management USA, UK, India, from Wien Tourismus will be talking about their experiences and the challenges facing the various markets. Afterwards, a discussion round moderated by Thomas Bömkes, managing director, Diversity Tourism GmbH, LGBT Consultant ITB Berlin, will take place involving all the participants. ITB Berlin is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA): www.iglta.org . Additional information about the ITB LGBT travel segment can be found at http://www.itb-berlin.com/lgbt . To find out more, exhibitors can contact Rika Jean-François, CSR commissioner, ITB Berlin ( jeanfrancois@messe-berlin.de ), or Thomas Bömkes, LGBT consultant, ITB Berlin ( TB@diversitytourism.com ). 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 .

Gay & Lesbian Travel: World’s biggest display at ITB Berlin

Large LGBT Pavilion features newcomers – popular LGBT Media Networking Brunch – lectures and discussion round at ITB Berlin Convention on trips to established and emerging destinations in the Gay & Lesbian travel market – TomOnTour’s Gay ITB Party on 9 March 2016 and other local events Gay and lesbian travel is one of the fastest-growing markets in the international travel industry. ITB Berlin presents the world’s largest display of travel options and the latest trends and products at a single show. The LGBT Pavilion in Hall 3.1b is the place to head. The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) will be the centre of attention, along with Kenes Tours from Tel Aviv, and newcomers such as the organiser Moments from Mauritius and Club Holidays Adventures from India. Also appearing at the pavilion for the first time are Quiiky Gay Tours from Italy and mCruise, a new gay cruise operator. Exhibitors returning to the show include Ontario Tourism, Hotel Granvia Kyoto from Japan, Wien Tourismus, Diversity Consulting International from Madrid, and the island of Mykonos. Representing the USA again are the popular LGBT destinations Florida Keys & Key West, and the Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Exhibitors from South America include Brazil, which will be attracting attention with a photo wall for the 2016 Olympics, as well as Argentina with queer tango demonstrations. ITB’s LGBT partner Diversity Tourism/TomOnTour will be showing its wide range of products and services. On 9 March, the Wednesday of ITB, starting at 4 p.m., the Spartacus International Gay Guide will be inviting visitors to a reception on its stand. Partners are the IGLTA, Berliner Aidshilfe and airberlin. On the Saturday of ITB at 4 p.m., the well-known Mate Travel Award will be held for the first time in the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion. mCruise, Condor Flugdienst and Schauinsland Reisen will be organising for the first time the Gay Café in the pavilion. The LGBT Media Networking Brunch, which has established itself as an international networking event, will take place on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The hosts are ITB Berlin and Visit Florida & Partners: Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater CVB, Beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Florida Keys & Key West. Also taking part will be the Illinois Office of Tourism, the US Travel Association, Visit Britain, Ontario Tourism, Visit Brüssel, Visit Benidorm, Spartacus and TomOnTour/ITB Berlin. On Tuesday, 8 March, on the eve of ITB Berlin, the IGLTA and a new member of the organisation, the Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA), as well as the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will be inviting registered guests to a networking reception at Hotel Berlin. On Wednesday, 9 March, an event on the ITB Berlin calendar not to be missed is the TomOnTour’s Gay ITB Party, which this time will be taking place in the recently opened Hotel Amano Grand Central and is also sponsored by Visit Florida & Partners. A prize draw will offer the chance to win two Lufthansa tickets. Due to high demand, only invited guests will be admitted. On the Thursday of ITB from 5 to 6 p.m., Argentina will be organising a reception on the LGBT stand of Argentina in Hall 3.1. H.E. Gustavo Santos, the tourism minister of Argentina, will sign a strategic partnership agreement with ITB Berlin, which aims to jointly promote and develop the LGBT travel segment. On Friday, 11 March, from 9 to 11.30 p.m. at Axel Hotel, at the IGLTA & Axel Hotel Berlin ITB Party, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and meet people. On admission, guests are requested to give 10 euros to the prize draw, which together with the proceeds from the draw will be donated to the IGLTA Foundation. This foundation aims to obtain safety, dignity, and respect for LGBT travellers and travel agencies, particularly in regions where tourism is still developing. ITB Berlin supports the IGLTA Foundation. On the Saturday of ITB the ITB IGLTA partners visitBerlin and the pink pillow Berlin Collection Hotels will be inviting registered guests to the LGBT ITB breakfast in Hotel Sylter Hof Berlin. LGBT tourism at the ITB Berlin Convention On Friday, 11 March, at the ITB Berlin Convention, day three of the ITB Destination Days will be addressing the topic of gay and lesbian travel. Taking as its heading ’New challenges for established and emerging destinations in the Gay & Lesbian travel segment’, the focus will be on LGBT destinations which have already attained the limits of possible growth and are now embracing niche market products such as transgender marketing or trips rainbow families. On the other hand, there are many regions in the world where LGBT travellers are not yet welcome. Following introductions by Rika Jean-François, CSR commissioner, ITB Berlin, and a board member of IGLTA and the IGLTA Foundation, Peter Jordan, Senior Tourism Analyst, Toposophy, from Amsterdam; Thomas Roth, founder, Community Marketing & Insights, San Francisco; LGBT Research and partner of ITB Berlin; and Thomas Bachinger, Market Management USA, UK, India, from Wien Tourismus will be talking about their experiences and the challenges facing the various markets. Afterwards, a discussion round moderated by Thomas Bömkes, managing director, Diversity Tourism GmbH, LGBT Consultant ITB Berlin, will take place involving all the participants. ITB Berlin is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA): www.iglta.org . Additional information about the ITB LGBT travel segment can be found at http://www.itb-berlin.com/lgbt . To find out more, exhibitors can contact Rika Jean-François, CSR commissioner, ITB Berlin ( jeanfrancois@messe-berlin.de ), or Thomas Bömkes, LGBT consultant, ITB Berlin ( TB@diversitytourism.com ). 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 .

Gay & Lesbian Travel: World’s biggest display at ITB Berlin

Large LGBT Pavilion features newcomers – popular LGBT Media Networking Brunch – lectures and discussion round at ITB Berlin Convention on trips to established and emerging destinations in the Gay & Lesbian travel market – TomOnTour’s Gay ITB Party on 9 March 2016 and other local events Gay and lesbian travel is one of the fastest-growing markets in the international travel industry. ITB Berlin presents the world’s largest display of travel options and the latest trends and products at a single show. The LGBT Pavilion in Hall 3.1b is the place to head. The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) will be the centre of attention, along with Kenes Tours from Tel Aviv, and newcomers such as the organiser Moments from Mauritius and Club Holidays Adventures from India. Also appearing at the pavilion for the first time are Quiiky Gay Tours from Italy and mCruise, a new gay cruise operator. Exhibitors returning to the show include Ontario Tourism, Hotel Granvia Kyoto from Japan, Wien Tourismus, Diversity Consulting International from Madrid, and the island of Mykonos. Representing the USA again are the popular LGBT destinations Florida Keys & Key West, and the Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Exhibitors from South America include Brazil, which will be attracting attention with a photo wall for the 2016 Olympics, as well as Argentina with queer tango demonstrations. ITB’s LGBT partner Diversity Tourism/TomOnTour will be showing its wide range of products and services. On 9 March, the Wednesday of ITB, starting at 4 p.m., the Spartacus International Gay Guide will be inviting visitors to a reception on its stand. Partners are the IGLTA, Berliner Aidshilfe and airberlin. On the Saturday of ITB at 4 p.m., the well-known Mate Travel Award will be held for the first time in the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion. mCruise, Condor Flugdienst and Schauinsland Reisen will be organising for the first time the Gay Café in the pavilion. The LGBT Media Networking Brunch, which has established itself as an international networking event, will take place on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The hosts are ITB Berlin and Visit Florida & Partners: Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater CVB, Beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Florida Keys & Key West. Also taking part will be the Illinois Office of Tourism, the US Travel Association, Visit Britain, Ontario Tourism, Visit Brüssel, Visit Benidorm, Spartacus and TomOnTour/ITB Berlin. On Tuesday, 8 March, on the eve of ITB Berlin, the IGLTA and a new member of the organisation, the Pacific Asian Travel Association (PATA), as well as the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) will be inviting registered guests to a networking reception at Hotel Berlin. On Wednesday, 9 March, an event on the ITB Berlin calendar not to be missed is the TomOnTour’s Gay ITB Party, which this time will be taking place in the recently opened Hotel Amano Grand Central and is also sponsored by Visit Florida & Partners. A prize draw will offer the chance to win two Lufthansa tickets. Due to high demand, only invited guests will be admitted. On the Thursday of ITB from 5 to 6 p.m., Argentina will be organising a reception on the LGBT stand of Argentina in Hall 3.1. H.E. Gustavo Santos, the tourism minister of Argentina, will sign a strategic partnership agreement with ITB Berlin, which aims to jointly promote and develop the LGBT travel segment. On Friday, 11 March, from 9 to 11.30 p.m. at Axel Hotel, at the IGLTA & Axel Hotel Berlin ITB Party, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and meet people. On admission, guests are requested to give 10 euros to the prize draw, which together with the proceeds from the draw will be donated to the IGLTA Foundation. This foundation aims to obtain safety, dignity, and respect for LGBT travellers and travel agencies, particularly in regions where tourism is still developing. ITB Berlin supports the IGLTA Foundation. On the Saturday of ITB the ITB IGLTA partners visitBerlin and the pink pillow Berlin Collection Hotels will be inviting registered guests to the LGBT ITB breakfast in Hotel Sylter Hof Berlin. LGBT tourism at the ITB Berlin Convention On Friday, 11 March, at the ITB Berlin Convention, day three of the ITB Destination Days will be addressing the topic of gay and lesbian travel. Taking as its heading ’New challenges for established and emerging destinations in the Gay & Lesbian travel segment’, the focus will be on LGBT destinations which have already attained the limits of possible growth and are now embracing niche market products such as transgender marketing or trips rainbow families. On the other hand, there are many regions in the world where LGBT travellers are not yet welcome. Following introductions by Rika Jean-François, CSR commissioner, ITB Berlin, and a board member of IGLTA and the IGLTA Foundation, Peter Jordan, Senior Tourism Analyst, Toposophy, from Amsterdam; Thomas Roth, founder, Community Marketing & Insights, San Francisco; LGBT Research and partner of ITB Berlin; and Thomas Bachinger, Market Management USA, UK, India, from Wien Tourismus will be talking about their experiences and the challenges facing the various markets. Afterwards, a discussion round moderated by Thomas Bömkes, managing director, Diversity Tourism GmbH, LGBT Consultant ITB Berlin, will take place involving all the participants. ITB Berlin is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA): www.iglta.org . Additional information about the ITB LGBT travel segment can be found at http://www.itb-berlin.com/lgbt . To find out more, exhibitors can contact Rika Jean-François, CSR commissioner, ITB Berlin ( jeanfrancois@messe-berlin.de ), or Thomas Bömkes, LGBT consultant, ITB Berlin ( TB@diversitytourism.com ). 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 .

Exotic water worlds at the opening of ITB Berlin

Opening ceremony of the world’s largest travel trade show with celebrity guests from politics and tourism – a film featuring highlights from 50 years of ITB Berlin – a colourful show hosted by this year’s partner country, the Maldives The world’s leading travel trade show will begin with a breathtaking opening ceremony that will take its guests on a trip to the Maldives. This year’s partner country will perform a medley of lively folk dances, songs and music, and offer visitors an insight into the many aspects of its culture. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 8 March at 6 p.m. in the CityCube Berlin. Numerous celebrities representing politics and the tourism industry will address the audience. Sunshine, beaches and the sea – at the opening ceremony the guests can experience the unique atmosphere of the Maldives when over 60 artists performing in a musical will tell the story of ‘odi or dhoni’, a wooden boat or ship. The audience can follow the boat’s various stages: keel laying, building of the hull and finally the launch. The elaborate stage performances will provide an insight into the history, culture and way of life in the Maldives. Around 4,000 guests can follow 50 years of ITB Berlin in a film that tells the story of the tourism trade show along with landmark events in the history of the international travel industry. Among the well-wishers will be political figures such as Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller and Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, and Government Commissioner for the new Federal States, SMEs and Tourism. Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin, will greet the guests. ITB will also welcome members of the tourism industry, including Dr. Michael Frenzel, President of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW), and Taleb Rifai, General Secretary of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Tourism Minister H.E. Moosa Zameer, a high-ranking representative of the partner country, the Maldives, will also be present. Afterwards, culinary delights from this island nation in the Indian Ocean will await the guest at a reception and networking event. 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 .

Exotic water worlds at the opening of ITB Berlin

Opening ceremony of the world’s largest travel trade show with celebrity guests from politics and tourism – a film featuring highlights from 50 years of ITB Berlin – a colourful show hosted by this year’s partner country, the Maldives The world’s leading travel trade show will begin with a breathtaking opening ceremony that will take its guests on a trip to the Maldives. This year’s partner country will perform a medley of lively folk dances, songs and music, and offer visitors an insight into the many aspects of its culture. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 8 March at 6 p.m. in the CityCube Berlin. Numerous celebrities representing politics and the tourism industry will address the audience. Sunshine, beaches and the sea – at the opening ceremony the guests can experience the unique atmosphere of the Maldives when over 60 artists performing in a musical will tell the story of ‘odi or dhoni’, a wooden boat or ship. The audience can follow the boat’s various stages: keel laying, building of the hull and finally the launch. The elaborate stage performances will provide an insight into the history, culture and way of life in the Maldives. Around 4,000 guests can follow 50 years of ITB Berlin in a film that tells the story of the tourism trade show along with landmark events in the history of the international travel industry. Among the well-wishers will be political figures such as Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller and Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, and Government Commissioner for the new Federal States, SMEs and Tourism. Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin, will greet the guests. ITB will also welcome members of the tourism industry, including Dr. Michael Frenzel, President of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW), and Taleb Rifai, General Secretary of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Tourism Minister H.E. Moosa Zameer, a high-ranking representative of the partner country, the Maldives, will also be present. Afterwards, culinary delights from this island nation in the Indian Ocean will await the guest at a reception and networking event. 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 .

Exotic water worlds at the opening of ITB Berlin

Opening ceremony of the world’s largest travel trade show with celebrity guests from politics and tourism – a film featuring highlights from 50 years of ITB Berlin – a colourful show hosted by this year’s partner country, the Maldives The world’s leading travel trade show will begin with a breathtaking opening ceremony that will take its guests on a trip to the Maldives. This year’s partner country will perform a medley of lively folk dances, songs and music, and offer visitors an insight into the many aspects of its culture. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 8 March at 6 p.m. in the CityCube Berlin. Numerous celebrities representing politics and the tourism industry will address the audience. Sunshine, beaches and the sea – at the opening ceremony the guests can experience the unique atmosphere of the Maldives when over 60 artists performing in a musical will tell the story of ‘odi or dhoni’, a wooden boat or ship. The audience can follow the boat’s various stages: keel laying, building of the hull and finally the launch. The elaborate stage performances will provide an insight into the history, culture and way of life in the Maldives. Around 4,000 guests can follow 50 years of ITB Berlin in a film that tells the story of the tourism trade show along with landmark events in the history of the international travel industry. Among the well-wishers will be political figures such as Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller and Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, and Government Commissioner for the new Federal States, SMEs and Tourism. Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin, will greet the guests. ITB will also welcome members of the tourism industry, including Dr. Michael Frenzel, President of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW), and Taleb Rifai, General Secretary of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Tourism Minister H.E. Moosa Zameer, a high-ranking representative of the partner country, the Maldives, will also be present. Afterwards, culinary delights from this island nation in the Indian Ocean will await the guest at a reception and networking event. 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 .

Exotic water worlds at the opening of ITB Berlin

Opening ceremony of the world’s largest travel trade show with celebrity guests from politics and tourism – a film featuring highlights from 50 years of ITB Berlin – a colourful show hosted by this year’s partner country, the Maldives The world’s leading travel trade show will begin with a breathtaking opening ceremony that will take its guests on a trip to the Maldives. This year’s partner country will perform a medley of lively folk dances, songs and music, and offer visitors an insight into the many aspects of its culture. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 8 March at 6 p.m. in the CityCube Berlin. Numerous celebrities representing politics and the tourism industry will address the audience. Sunshine, beaches and the sea – at the opening ceremony the guests can experience the unique atmosphere of the Maldives when over 60 artists performing in a musical will tell the story of ‘odi or dhoni’, a wooden boat or ship. The audience can follow the boat’s various stages: keel laying, building of the hull and finally the launch. The elaborate stage performances will provide an insight into the history, culture and way of life in the Maldives. Around 4,000 guests can follow 50 years of ITB Berlin in a film that tells the story of the tourism trade show along with landmark events in the history of the international travel industry. Among the well-wishers will be political figures such as Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller and Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, and Government Commissioner for the new Federal States, SMEs and Tourism. Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin, will greet the guests. ITB will also welcome members of the tourism industry, including Dr. Michael Frenzel, President of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW), and Taleb Rifai, General Secretary of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Tourism Minister H.E. Moosa Zameer, a high-ranking representative of the partner country, the Maldives, will also be present. Afterwards, culinary delights from this island nation in the Indian Ocean will await the guest at a reception and networking event. 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 .

Five years of the ITB Buyers Circle: the successful meeting place for senior buyers

Exclusive service for senior buyers at the world’s largest travel trade show – 1,000 international members – business deals worth several million euros – New: the ITB Buyers Circle Hospitality Lounge in Hall 9 With membership now at around 1,000 the ITB Buyers Circle is entering its fifth year, a fact that underlines its all-round success. According to a recent survey, representatives from Europe, Asia, America, Africa and Australia are among the members of the international ITB Buyers Circle. Around 79 per cent are from EU countries. The second-largest group is from Asia and America. Some 50 per cent of senior buyers have been visiting ITB Berlin regularly for many years. Close to 85 per cent are expert decision-makers representing the business travel, MICE and leisure travel sectors, whose purchasing power currently ranges from 100,000 to more than 50 million euros. According to the survey, over 40 per cent of the buyers do business in the order of over 50 million euros. The services offered by the ITB Buyers’ Circle save time and significantly improve efficiency. The ITB Buyers Circle Hospitality Lounge in Hall 9 is a new feature, offering an attractive service for buyers focused on hotel procurements. Members have the option of reserving a room for a free 25-minute time slot per day. Among the many benefits of joining the ITB Buyers Circle are a free ticket to the show and fast lane admission at the entrances, from 8.30 a.m. if required. The ITB Buyers Circle Lounge allows the members of this exclusive circle to retreat to the Marshall Haus, where they can take advantage of free wi-fi and separate meeting rooms, and the opportunity to network at length in a relaxing atmosphere. Once again, the chance exists for buyers and exhibitors to establish new contacts at the ITB Speed Networking event on Thursday (European Day) and Friday (International Day). Pre-registration was required. Due to high demand, this year the events will be taking place on Level B in the CityCube from 9 to 10 a.m. respectively. Members of the Buyers Circle can also take advantage of a number of transportation arrangements, such as the Europcar shuttle service which is free of charge. For buyers, a return ticket to the event is also available from Deutsche Bahn. Benefits for the ITB Buyers Circle also include free admission to ITB Asia in October 2016 in Singapore. The ITB Buyers Circle targets product managers and buyers involved at operational level in small and medium-sized enterprises and larger companies in the global travel industry. Members are accepted following an application and the checking of documents submitted. More details and application forms are available online at www.itbbuyerscircle.com . Applications for the ITB Buyers Circle 2017 will be accepted as of November 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. 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