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YIG at ITB Berlin: the classic event for school trips and youth travel

Latest youth travel topics at ITB Berlin – first Social Media Travel Youth Award – launch of the Speed Dating event with youth travel buyers – fascinating projects for families and pupils on the weekend in Hall 4.1 At the German youth travel pavilion of Youth Incoming Germany (YIG) teachers can find out more at the world’s largest travel trade show about holiday camps, school trips and project excursions, and over the weekend parents and pupils can get first-hand information about school trips and holiday travel in Hall 4.1. Two events will be celebrating their debut on Thursday, 10 March 2016. Taking place on the big stage in Hall 4.1, this is the first time the Social Media Travel Youth Award will be presented to youth tour operators who are successfully using Facebook, Instagram and similar platforms. Furthermore, the first YIG Speed Dating event will give selected youth travel buyers an opportunity to meet with exhibitors in the YIG Lounge. ITB Youth Travel Summit and teacher training workshops On the trade visitor days the agenda will feature youth travel topics, with leading speakers taking part. In addition to lectures on ’health in youth travel’ and ’creating sustainable youth travel’, marketing experts will be giving their accounts of this segment from their point of view. On Thursday Elke Urbansky, from Lower Saxony’s regional forestry administration, and Jens Wiesehöfer, managing director of KB&B The Kids Group, will have information on how to target the rural accommodation market. On Friday, 11 March 2016, together with other industry insiders, Phillip Winter of A&O Hotels and Hostels will be taking a look at ’careers in tourism’. Together with the Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk, Jugendpresse Deutschland will be addressing the topical theme of ’flight and migration’. The Wyse Travel Confederation is due to organise over ten workshops at international level. Youth and student travel experts will be presenting the latest trends, research findings, case studies and examples of best practices. The programme of this year’s Youth Travel Summit, the fifth edition, is now even more extensive. International experts will be presenting youth and student travel surveys: how are the new travel habits of young people affecting the tourism market? How are successful European cities taking advantage of their universities in order to maximise the tourism market’s potential? How are destinations and tour operators benefiting economically and socially from school trips? Samuel Vetrák, CEO of the consultancy StudentMarketing, will be outlining the latest trends in the youth travel market and explaining student mobility. Class trips on the weekend for the public with pupils and parents On the weekend of 12 and 13 March visitors to the German pavilion of YIG in Hall 4.1 will be able to get first-hand information on school trips and holiday travel. For the first time Germany’s large youth travel organisations will be jointly represented. At ITB Berlin, supervised by Reisenetz e.V., the German specialist youth travel association and, under the heading of ’youth travel organisations’, six leading organisations will be represented on one stand and giving advice to teachers, parents and pupils at the fair. At the same time Reisenetz e.V. will present its first youth travel guide with information drawn from every organisation. This is where parents and interested readers can find out everything they need to know about suitable trips for pupils and young people as well as qualified and trustworthy tour operators. On Saturday, 12 March 2016, together with a female cartoonist, the organisation Naturfreundejugend will present an exciting project, and the Merian-Oberschule will have information on a tourism management course. This project is the only one of its kind to be offered by a Berlin school and is being realised in cooperation with Welcome Berlin Tours. Taking as their slogan ’teaching in a different place’‚ pupils accompany other pupils on guided city tours which they organise themselves. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB CSR Day: Practical advice for greater social responsibility in tourism

On Friday the ITB Berlin Convention will focus on the refugee situation, human rights and how tourism can further peace – presentation of the first guide to sustainable tourism destinations – admission is free for trade visitors to ITB Berlin This year’s ITB CSR Day at the ITB Berlin Convention will be addressing topical issues in connection with sustainable tourism, the refugee situation, climate change and how tourism can further peace. On Friday, 11 March in the New York 3 Room in Hall 7.1a, lectures and discussions will be providing trade visitors with new ideas and suggestions for greater social and ecological responsibility in tourism. Trade visitors can attend the international travel industry’s leading think tank free of charge. Rika Jean-Francois, in charge of CSR at ITB Berlin, will open the ITB CSR Day 2016 with a keynote panel on ’Climate change: the challenges facing the world’s tourism industry’. Around the world, tourism contributes to climate change and suffers from its effects. The panel will deal with questions regarding the further development of transport systems and energy efficiency in the hotel industry. Following a successful launch last year, National Geographic and ITB Berlin will be presenting the World Legacy Awards again in 2016, which will take place on 9 March at the ITB Future Day, part of the ITB Berlin Convention. Afterwards, at the CSR Day moderated by Costas Christ, chairman of the National Geographic World Legacy Awards and editor of National Geographic Traveler, both the award winners and judges will discuss how the winners have managed to become pioneers of sustainable tourism. This year’s Studiosus discussion will focus on human rights in tourism. The key topic is how the federal government’s national action plan on business and human rights affects the tourism industry, and the new challenges facing this sector. Among those taking part in the discussion will be Christoph Strässer, member of German parliament and the federal government’s commissioner for human rights policy and humanitarian aid, Dr. Nicole Häussler, advisor on sustainable tourism, Myanmar, and Peter-Mario Kubsch, managing director of Studiosus Reisen. They will also be examining the responsibilities of tour operators. The journalist Tanja Samrotzki will moderate the event. The panel discussion on ’Sustainable tourism destinations: sustainability standards and systems, practical recommendations and implementation’ will be celebrating a first. With the support of the Federal Ministry of the Environment the German Tourism Association (DTV) has put together a practical list of criteria for German tourism destinations. At the ITB CSR Day this manual will be presented to members of the German and international tourism industry for the first time. Martin Balaš, a consultant at BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung, Dirk Dunkelberg, deputy general manager of Deutscher Tourismusverband, Dr. Stefanie Pfahl, divisional head at the Federal Ministry of the Environment, and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein, managing director of BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung, will be explaining how tourism regions can make use of this opportunity to successfully compete in the sustainable tourism market. The shortage of specialists which the tourism industry has been suffering for some time has been positively influenced by the refugee situation. Under the heading of ’Specialists needed – the refugees are coming. What does this mean for the tourism industry?’, Matthias Beyer, managing director of mascontour GmbH, will be talking to Norbert Fiebig, president of DRV, and Christian Wiesenhütter, deputy managing director of IHK Berlin, among others, about how to integrate refugees in the German employment market, the opportunities and challenges, and about cases that have set an example in the hotel industry. A hotel director who has employed a refugee will recount his experiences. Women are not only important tourism industry customers, they also occupy a central role. The presentation of the first ’Celebrating Her – Global Awards’ is proof of this. After an introduction by Ajay Prakash, president of IIPT India & Chief Executive Nomad Travels India, and keynote speeches by tourism ministers, including the Hon. Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Seychelles, IIPT India will provide impressive examples of best practices managed by women. The winners will have suggestions on how to successfully develop tourism services. The ITB CSR Day 2016 will conclude with a look towards the future and the topic of ’Travelling for peace’. Aziz Abu Sarah, founder of Mejdi Tours and a multiple award-winning keynote speaker, will examine how tourism can help to prevent violent conflicts and illustrate how peace initiatives and business success can be combined in the travel industry. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show the ITB Berlin Convention, the world’s largest tourism convention, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. The WTCF (World Tourism Cities Federation) is Co-Host of the ITB Berlin Convention and Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB CSR Day: Practical advice for greater social responsibility in tourism

On Friday the ITB Berlin Convention will focus on the refugee situation, human rights and how tourism can further peace – presentation of the first guide to sustainable tourism destinations – admission is free for trade visitors to ITB Berlin This year’s ITB CSR Day at the ITB Berlin Convention will be addressing topical issues in connection with sustainable tourism, the refugee situation, climate change and how tourism can further peace. On Friday, 11 March in the New York 3 Room in Hall 7.1a, lectures and discussions will be providing trade visitors with new ideas and suggestions for greater social and ecological responsibility in tourism. Trade visitors can attend the international travel industry’s leading think tank free of charge. Rika Jean-Francois, in charge of CSR at ITB Berlin, will open the ITB CSR Day 2016 with a keynote panel on ’Climate change: the challenges facing the world’s tourism industry’. Around the world, tourism contributes to climate change and suffers from its effects. The panel will deal with questions regarding the further development of transport systems and energy efficiency in the hotel industry. Following a successful launch last year, National Geographic and ITB Berlin will be presenting the World Legacy Awards again in 2016, which will take place on 9 March at the ITB Future Day, part of the ITB Berlin Convention. Afterwards, at the CSR Day moderated by Costas Christ, chairman of the National Geographic World Legacy Awards and editor of National Geographic Traveler, both the award winners and judges will discuss how the winners have managed to become pioneers of sustainable tourism. This year’s Studiosus discussion will focus on human rights in tourism. The key topic is how the federal government’s national action plan on business and human rights affects the tourism industry, and the new challenges facing this sector. Among those taking part in the discussion will be Christoph Strässer, member of German parliament and the federal government’s commissioner for human rights policy and humanitarian aid, Dr. Nicole Häussler, advisor on sustainable tourism, Myanmar, and Peter-Mario Kubsch, managing director of Studiosus Reisen. They will also be examining the responsibilities of tour operators. The journalist Tanja Samrotzki will moderate the event. The panel discussion on ’Sustainable tourism destinations: sustainability standards and systems, practical recommendations and implementation’ will be celebrating a first. With the support of the Federal Ministry of the Environment the German Tourism Association (DTV) has put together a practical list of criteria for German tourism destinations. At the ITB CSR Day this manual will be presented to members of the German and international tourism industry for the first time. Martin Balaš, a consultant at BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung, Dirk Dunkelberg, deputy general manager of Deutscher Tourismusverband, Dr. Stefanie Pfahl, divisional head at the Federal Ministry of the Environment, and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein, managing director of BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung, will be explaining how tourism regions can make use of this opportunity to successfully compete in the sustainable tourism market. The shortage of specialists which the tourism industry has been suffering for some time has been positively influenced by the refugee situation. Under the heading of ’Specialists needed – the refugees are coming. What does this mean for the tourism industry?’, Matthias Beyer, managing director of mascontour GmbH, will be talking to Norbert Fiebig, president of DRV, and Christian Wiesenhütter, deputy managing director of IHK Berlin, among others, about how to integrate refugees in the German employment market, the opportunities and challenges, and about cases that have set an example in the hotel industry. A hotel director who has employed a refugee will recount his experiences. Women are not only important tourism industry customers, they also occupy a central role. The presentation of the first ’Celebrating Her – Global Awards’ is proof of this. After an introduction by Ajay Prakash, president of IIPT India & Chief Executive Nomad Travels India, and keynote speeches by tourism ministers, including the Hon. Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Seychelles, IIPT India will provide impressive examples of best practices managed by women. The winners will have suggestions on how to successfully develop tourism services. The ITB CSR Day 2016 will conclude with a look towards the future and the topic of ’Travelling for peace’. Aziz Abu Sarah, founder of Mejdi Tours and a multiple award-winning keynote speaker, will examine how tourism can help to prevent violent conflicts and illustrate how peace initiatives and business success can be combined in the travel industry. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show the ITB Berlin Convention, the world’s largest tourism convention, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. The WTCF (World Tourism Cities Federation) is Co-Host of the ITB Berlin Convention and Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB CSR Day: Practical advice for greater social responsibility in tourism

On Friday the ITB Berlin Convention will focus on the refugee situation, human rights and how tourism can further peace – presentation of the first guide to sustainable tourism destinations – admission is free for trade visitors to ITB Berlin This year’s ITB CSR Day at the ITB Berlin Convention will be addressing topical issues in connection with sustainable tourism, the refugee situation, climate change and how tourism can further peace. On Friday, 11 March in the New York 3 Room in Hall 7.1a, lectures and discussions will be providing trade visitors with new ideas and suggestions for greater social and ecological responsibility in tourism. Trade visitors can attend the international travel industry’s leading think tank free of charge. Rika Jean-Francois, in charge of CSR at ITB Berlin, will open the ITB CSR Day 2016 with a keynote panel on ’Climate change: the challenges facing the world’s tourism industry’. Around the world, tourism contributes to climate change and suffers from its effects. The panel will deal with questions regarding the further development of transport systems and energy efficiency in the hotel industry. Following a successful launch last year, National Geographic and ITB Berlin will be presenting the World Legacy Awards again in 2016, which will take place on 9 March at the ITB Future Day, part of the ITB Berlin Convention. Afterwards, at the CSR Day moderated by Costas Christ, chairman of the National Geographic World Legacy Awards and editor of National Geographic Traveler, both the award winners and judges will discuss how the winners have managed to become pioneers of sustainable tourism. This year’s Studiosus discussion will focus on human rights in tourism. The key topic is how the federal government’s national action plan on business and human rights affects the tourism industry, and the new challenges facing this sector. Among those taking part in the discussion will be Christoph Strässer, member of German parliament and the federal government’s commissioner for human rights policy and humanitarian aid, Dr. Nicole Häussler, advisor on sustainable tourism, Myanmar, and Peter-Mario Kubsch, managing director of Studiosus Reisen. They will also be examining the responsibilities of tour operators. The journalist Tanja Samrotzki will moderate the event. The panel discussion on ’Sustainable tourism destinations: sustainability standards and systems, practical recommendations and implementation’ will be celebrating a first. With the support of the Federal Ministry of the Environment the German Tourism Association (DTV) has put together a practical list of criteria for German tourism destinations. At the ITB CSR Day this manual will be presented to members of the German and international tourism industry for the first time. Martin Balaš, a consultant at BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung, Dirk Dunkelberg, deputy general manager of Deutscher Tourismusverband, Dr. Stefanie Pfahl, divisional head at the Federal Ministry of the Environment, and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein, managing director of BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung, will be explaining how tourism regions can make use of this opportunity to successfully compete in the sustainable tourism market. The shortage of specialists which the tourism industry has been suffering for some time has been positively influenced by the refugee situation. Under the heading of ’Specialists needed – the refugees are coming. What does this mean for the tourism industry?’, Matthias Beyer, managing director of mascontour GmbH, will be talking to Norbert Fiebig, president of DRV, and Christian Wiesenhütter, deputy managing director of IHK Berlin, among others, about how to integrate refugees in the German employment market, the opportunities and challenges, and about cases that have set an example in the hotel industry. A hotel director who has employed a refugee will recount his experiences. Women are not only important tourism industry customers, they also occupy a central role. The presentation of the first ’Celebrating Her – Global Awards’ is proof of this. After an introduction by Ajay Prakash, president of IIPT India & Chief Executive Nomad Travels India, and keynote speeches by tourism ministers, including the Hon. Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Seychelles, IIPT India will provide impressive examples of best practices managed by women. The winners will have suggestions on how to successfully develop tourism services. The ITB CSR Day 2016 will conclude with a look towards the future and the topic of ’Travelling for peace’. Aziz Abu Sarah, founder of Mejdi Tours and a multiple award-winning keynote speaker, will examine how tourism can help to prevent violent conflicts and illustrate how peace initiatives and business success can be combined in the travel industry. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show the ITB Berlin Convention, the world’s largest tourism convention, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. The WTCF (World Tourism Cities Federation) is Co-Host of the ITB Berlin Convention and Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB CSR Day: Practical advice for greater social responsibility in tourism

On Friday the ITB Berlin Convention will focus on the refugee situation, human rights and how tourism can further peace – presentation of the first guide to sustainable tourism destinations – admission is free for trade visitors to ITB Berlin This year’s ITB CSR Day at the ITB Berlin Convention will be addressing topical issues in connection with sustainable tourism, the refugee situation, climate change and how tourism can further peace. On Friday, 11 March in the New York 3 Room in Hall 7.1a, lectures and discussions will be providing trade visitors with new ideas and suggestions for greater social and ecological responsibility in tourism. Trade visitors can attend the international travel industry’s leading think tank free of charge. Rika Jean-Francois, in charge of CSR at ITB Berlin, will open the ITB CSR Day 2016 with a keynote panel on ’Climate change: the challenges facing the world’s tourism industry’. Around the world, tourism contributes to climate change and suffers from its effects. The panel will deal with questions regarding the further development of transport systems and energy efficiency in the hotel industry. Following a successful launch last year, National Geographic and ITB Berlin will be presenting the World Legacy Awards again in 2016, which will take place on 9 March at the ITB Future Day, part of the ITB Berlin Convention. Afterwards, at the CSR Day moderated by Costas Christ, chairman of the National Geographic World Legacy Awards and editor of National Geographic Traveler, both the award winners and judges will discuss how the winners have managed to become pioneers of sustainable tourism. This year’s Studiosus discussion will focus on human rights in tourism. The key topic is how the federal government’s national action plan on business and human rights affects the tourism industry, and the new challenges facing this sector. Among those taking part in the discussion will be Christoph Strässer, member of German parliament and the federal government’s commissioner for human rights policy and humanitarian aid, Dr. Nicole Häussler, advisor on sustainable tourism, Myanmar, and Peter-Mario Kubsch, managing director of Studiosus Reisen. They will also be examining the responsibilities of tour operators. The journalist Tanja Samrotzki will moderate the event. The panel discussion on ’Sustainable tourism destinations: sustainability standards and systems, practical recommendations and implementation’ will be celebrating a first. With the support of the Federal Ministry of the Environment the German Tourism Association (DTV) has put together a practical list of criteria for German tourism destinations. At the ITB CSR Day this manual will be presented to members of the German and international tourism industry for the first time. Martin Balaš, a consultant at BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung, Dirk Dunkelberg, deputy general manager of Deutscher Tourismusverband, Dr. Stefanie Pfahl, divisional head at the Federal Ministry of the Environment, and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rein, managing director of BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung, will be explaining how tourism regions can make use of this opportunity to successfully compete in the sustainable tourism market. The shortage of specialists which the tourism industry has been suffering for some time has been positively influenced by the refugee situation. Under the heading of ’Specialists needed – the refugees are coming. What does this mean for the tourism industry?’, Matthias Beyer, managing director of mascontour GmbH, will be talking to Norbert Fiebig, president of DRV, and Christian Wiesenhütter, deputy managing director of IHK Berlin, among others, about how to integrate refugees in the German employment market, the opportunities and challenges, and about cases that have set an example in the hotel industry. A hotel director who has employed a refugee will recount his experiences. Women are not only important tourism industry customers, they also occupy a central role. The presentation of the first ’Celebrating Her – Global Awards’ is proof of this. After an introduction by Ajay Prakash, president of IIPT India & Chief Executive Nomad Travels India, and keynote speeches by tourism ministers, including the Hon. Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Seychelles, IIPT India will provide impressive examples of best practices managed by women. The winners will have suggestions on how to successfully develop tourism services. The ITB CSR Day 2016 will conclude with a look towards the future and the topic of ’Travelling for peace’. Aziz Abu Sarah, founder of Mejdi Tours and a multiple award-winning keynote speaker, will examine how tourism can help to prevent violent conflicts and illustrate how peace initiatives and business success can be combined in the travel industry. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show the ITB Berlin Convention, the world’s largest tourism convention, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. The WTCF (World Tourism Cities Federation) is Co-Host of the ITB Berlin Convention and Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB Berlin 2016: High demand boosts international attendance

Bookings are stable compared to last year – many halls at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show are already booked up – big increase in exhibitors from Asia, Africa, the Arab countries, North America and Europe – Travel Technology is booming ITB Berlin is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and is as successful as ever. Many of the halls are already booked up. From 9 to 13 March 2016 at the world’s largest travel trade show the fair’s organisers expect around 10,000 exhibitors and organisations from more than 180 countries to be in the 26 halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. “Bookings are stable compared to 2015, underlining ITB Berlin’s role as the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show – despite the difficult economic situation on the world market, the refugee crisis and terror attacks. This year’s ITB Berlin will unite supply and demand from around the world again and send out an important message for the future. The high level of demand from emerging destinations such as Asia and the Arab countries and the growth of popular markets such as Travel Technology are proof of how dynamic the global travel industry is. At the same time, up-to-the-minute and forward-looking themes at the ITB Berlin Convention , where leading experts will be taking part in the debate, emphasise ITB Berlin’s reputation as the travel industry’s driving force“, said David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin. The focus is on the Maldives . This year’s partner country is organising the opening event on the eve of ITB Berlin. What is more, the island nation in the Indian Ocean, which first exhibited at ITB Berlin in 1984, occupies a larger display area. Trade visitors and the general public visiting the stand in Hall 5.2, which now covers 200 square metres, can find out about the many products and services of this travel destination which attracts visitors 365 days a year. Growth and returning exhibitors reflect developments in the travel industry Demand from Asia and the Arab countries remains particularly high. In Hall 26 China Southern Airlines , as well as tour operators and destination management companies (DMCs), including Beijing Charmission Travel , Europe Champion Travel , Ideaindochina & HGH Travel and Trails of Indochina are represented for the first time. Indonesia and Taiwan occupy larger stands. Bhutan has moved from Hall 5.2a to Hall 26. In the hall displaying India (5.2b) the state of Rajasthan is returning in 2016, having launched a new global marketing campaign. Following the disastrous earthquake in April 2015 Nepal is back with its campaign ’Nepal Now’, promoting the country as an attractive and safe tourism destination. Central America and the Carribbean have also expressed keen demand for places at the world’s leading travel trade show. Following an absence, St. Lucia and the Turks and Caicos Islands are exhibiting again. Now with larger stands, Cuba and El Salvador are even more strongly represented at the show. There is also high growth in numbers from Canada , the USA and Central Asia. In particular, there are many exhibitors from Russia . Arab countries such as Egypt , Jordan , Morocco , Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates have already secured their places, and in Hall 22a Emirates is certain to cause a stir with its new stand. With displays covering two halls, the African countries at ITB Berlin underline how important tourism is for this continent. Numerous countries are back at the show following an absence. They include Zimbabwe , Cameroon , Burundi and Sierra Leone , whose appearance at the show after the ravaging ebola epidemic marks the return of this country to the tourism market. The arrival of several newcomers from Europe emphasises the increasing importance of ITB Berlin. For the first time the Vatican Museums and the papal art collection from Vatican City are represented with their own stand in Hall 1.2a . Turkey , a popular holiday destination, is represented in its own hall (3.2) with 15 new exhibitors, a record figure. Among the exhibitors in the Hall displaying Spain (4.2) are Ferri Land – PortAventuraWorld , Ayuntamiento Marbella and MTS Globe Spain , all newcomers to the show. Hall 25 , where tourism companies are exhibiting, has also experienced high growth. This year the online portal Urlaubspiraten , the Mouzenidis Travel Group , one of Greece’s biggest tour operators, and the low-cost carrier Germania are all making their first appearance at the show. For business travel managers and everyone involved with business travel Hall 7.1c at ITB Berlin is the place to meet. For the fourth year in succession the Home of Business Travel by ITB & VDR offers a relaxed lounge atmosphere where one can network and exchange knowledge. Acquiring new knowledge is key in this field. Accordingly, this specialist display area offers direct access to the lectures and discussion rounds of the ITB Business Travel Days . Travel Technology provides an impetus for the global travel industry Travel Technology is booming. Halls 5.1 and 6.1 have been booked up since December and there are already long waiting lists. The high level of demand expressed by first-time exhibitors reflects the dynamic nature of the market. Around 30 per cent of exhibitors in this section are newcomers to the show, including major international companies such as Tuniu (China), Bynder ’getbynder’ (Netherlands) and Clicktripz (USA), as well as Beachinspector , the winners of the Sprungbrett Innovators’ Competition. Roompad, Citos Systems and Freshcells occupy larger display areas and Sabre , the world’s leading provider of solutions for the travel industry, has moved to the Travel Technology Hall in 5.1. Following a long absence, Traffics is exhibiting at the show again. This travel tech company is also a sponsor of the eTravel Lounge, which has established itself as an important platform for startups. On 9 March the final round of Start Tourism Up will be held on the company’s stage. For the first time the etravel Lab is being sponsored, namely by Pisano Holding. David Ruetz has good news for everyone on this year’s waiting list: “Due to high demand, in 2017 ITB Berlin is planning to expand this highly topical segment, which continues to grow.“ Pink Pavilion: world’s largest display of gay and lesbian travel products Since 2010 Gay & Lesbian Travel has been highly successful at ITB Berlin. In the meantime it represents the world’s largest specialist display of travel products in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tourism. Companies from around the world are represented in the Pink Pavilion, including the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and many co-exhibitors. Newcomers include include India and Nepal as well as Moments, an operator from Mauritius, Quiiky Travel from Italy, and Illinois Tourism, the partner of the Media Breakfast. Culture Lounge: increase in international exhibitors This year the Culture Lounge has experienced a considerable rise in international exhibitors, making it one of the highest growth segments at ITB Berlin. As well as regular exhibitors in Hall 16 over a dozen European cities, destinations and institutions are appearing for the first time, showcasing their cultural highlights. They include Aarhu s 2017 – the European City of Culture, Belgientourismus Wallonie-Brüssel , Fédération Européenne des Cités Napoléoniennes , Fondation Beyeler, Innovation Norway , Ireland Tourism and the Liszt Academy of Music from Budapest . 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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ITB Berlin 2016: High demand boosts international attendance

Bookings are stable compared to last year – many halls at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show are already booked up – big increase in exhibitors from Asia, Africa, the Arab countries, North America and Europe – Travel Technology is booming ITB Berlin is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and is as successful as ever. Many of the halls are already booked up. From 9 to 13 March 2016 at the world’s largest travel trade show the fair’s organisers expect around 10,000 exhibitors and organisations from more than 180 countries to be in the 26 halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. “Bookings are stable compared to 2015, underlining ITB Berlin’s role as the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show – despite the difficult economic situation on the world market, the refugee crisis and terror attacks. This year’s ITB Berlin will unite supply and demand from around the world again and send out an important message for the future. The high level of demand from emerging destinations such as Asia and the Arab countries and the growth of popular markets such as Travel Technology are proof of how dynamic the global travel industry is. At the same time, up-to-the-minute and forward-looking themes at the ITB Berlin Convention , where leading experts will be taking part in the debate, emphasise ITB Berlin’s reputation as the travel industry’s driving force“, said David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin. The focus is on the Maldives . This year’s partner country is organising the opening event on the eve of ITB Berlin. What is more, the island nation in the Indian Ocean, which first exhibited at ITB Berlin in 1984, occupies a larger display area. Trade visitors and the general public visiting the stand in Hall 5.2, which now covers 200 square metres, can find out about the many products and services of this travel destination which attracts visitors 365 days a year. Growth and returning exhibitors reflect developments in the travel industry Demand from Asia and the Arab countries remains particularly high. In Hall 26 China Southern Airlines , as well as tour operators and destination management companies (DMCs), including Beijing Charmission Travel , Europe Champion Travel , Ideaindochina & HGH Travel and Trails of Indochina are represented for the first time. Indonesia and Taiwan occupy larger stands. Bhutan has moved from Hall 5.2a to Hall 26. In the hall displaying India (5.2b) the state of Rajasthan is returning in 2016, having launched a new global marketing campaign. Following the disastrous earthquake in April 2015 Nepal is back with its campaign ’Nepal Now’, promoting the country as an attractive and safe tourism destination. Central America and the Carribbean have also expressed keen demand for places at the world’s leading travel trade show. Following an absence, St. Lucia and the Turks and Caicos Islands are exhibiting again. Now with larger stands, Cuba and El Salvador are even more strongly represented at the show. There is also high growth in numbers from Canada , the USA and Central Asia. In particular, there are many exhibitors from Russia . Arab countries such as Egypt , Jordan , Morocco , Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates have already secured their places, and in Hall 22a Emirates is certain to cause a stir with its new stand. With displays covering two halls, the African countries at ITB Berlin underline how important tourism is for this continent. Numerous countries are back at the show following an absence. They include Zimbabwe , Cameroon , Burundi and Sierra Leone , whose appearance at the show after the ravaging ebola epidemic marks the return of this country to the tourism market. The arrival of several newcomers from Europe emphasises the increasing importance of ITB Berlin. For the first time the Vatican Museums and the papal art collection from Vatican City are represented with their own stand in Hall 1.2a . Turkey , a popular holiday destination, is represented in its own hall (3.2) with 15 new exhibitors, a record figure. Among the exhibitors in the Hall displaying Spain (4.2) are Ferri Land – PortAventuraWorld , Ayuntamiento Marbella and MTS Globe Spain , all newcomers to the show. Hall 25 , where tourism companies are exhibiting, has also experienced high growth. This year the online portal Urlaubspiraten , the Mouzenidis Travel Group , one of Greece’s biggest tour operators, and the low-cost carrier Germania are all making their first appearance at the show. For business travel managers and everyone involved with business travel Hall 7.1c at ITB Berlin is the place to meet. For the fourth year in succession the Home of Business Travel by ITB & VDR offers a relaxed lounge atmosphere where one can network and exchange knowledge. Acquiring new knowledge is key in this field. Accordingly, this specialist display area offers direct access to the lectures and discussion rounds of the ITB Business Travel Days . Travel Technology provides an impetus for the global travel industry Travel Technology is booming. Halls 5.1 and 6.1 have been booked up since December and there are already long waiting lists. The high level of demand expressed by first-time exhibitors reflects the dynamic nature of the market. Around 30 per cent of exhibitors in this section are newcomers to the show, including major international companies such as Tuniu (China), Bynder ’getbynder’ (Netherlands) and Clicktripz (USA), as well as Beachinspector , the winners of the Sprungbrett Innovators’ Competition. Roompad, Citos Systems and Freshcells occupy larger display areas and Sabre , the world’s leading provider of solutions for the travel industry, has moved to the Travel Technology Hall in 5.1. Following a long absence, Traffics is exhibiting at the show again. This travel tech company is also a sponsor of the eTravel Lounge, which has established itself as an important platform for startups. On 9 March the final round of Start Tourism Up will be held on the company’s stage. For the first time the etravel Lab is being sponsored, namely by Pisano Holding. David Ruetz has good news for everyone on this year’s waiting list: “Due to high demand, in 2017 ITB Berlin is planning to expand this highly topical segment, which continues to grow.“ Pink Pavilion: world’s largest display of gay and lesbian travel products Since 2010 Gay & Lesbian Travel has been highly successful at ITB Berlin. In the meantime it represents the world’s largest specialist display of travel products in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tourism. Companies from around the world are represented in the Pink Pavilion, including the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and many co-exhibitors. Newcomers include include India and Nepal as well as Moments, an operator from Mauritius, Quiiky Travel from Italy, and Illinois Tourism, the partner of the Media Breakfast. Culture Lounge: increase in international exhibitors This year the Culture Lounge has experienced a considerable rise in international exhibitors, making it one of the highest growth segments at ITB Berlin. As well as regular exhibitors in Hall 16 over a dozen European cities, destinations and institutions are appearing for the first time, showcasing their cultural highlights. They include Aarhu s 2017 – the European City of Culture, Belgientourismus Wallonie-Brüssel , Fédération Européenne des Cités Napoléoniennes , Fondation Beyeler, Innovation Norway , Ireland Tourism and the Liszt Academy of Music from Budapest . 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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ITB Berlin 2016: High demand boosts international attendance

Bookings are stable compared to last year – many halls at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show are already booked up – big increase in exhibitors from Asia, Africa, the Arab countries, North America and Europe – Travel Technology is booming ITB Berlin is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and is as successful as ever. Many of the halls are already booked up. From 9 to 13 March 2016 at the world’s largest travel trade show the fair’s organisers expect around 10,000 exhibitors and organisations from more than 180 countries to be in the 26 halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. “Bookings are stable compared to 2015, underlining ITB Berlin’s role as the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show – despite the difficult economic situation on the world market, the refugee crisis and terror attacks. This year’s ITB Berlin will unite supply and demand from around the world again and send out an important message for the future. The high level of demand from emerging destinations such as Asia and the Arab countries and the growth of popular markets such as Travel Technology are proof of how dynamic the global travel industry is. At the same time, up-to-the-minute and forward-looking themes at the ITB Berlin Convention , where leading experts will be taking part in the debate, emphasise ITB Berlin’s reputation as the travel industry’s driving force“, said David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin. The focus is on the Maldives . This year’s partner country is organising the opening event on the eve of ITB Berlin. What is more, the island nation in the Indian Ocean, which first exhibited at ITB Berlin in 1984, occupies a larger display area. Trade visitors and the general public visiting the stand in Hall 5.2, which now covers 200 square metres, can find out about the many products and services of this travel destination which attracts visitors 365 days a year. Growth and returning exhibitors reflect developments in the travel industry Demand from Asia and the Arab countries remains particularly high. In Hall 26 China Southern Airlines , as well as tour operators and destination management companies (DMCs), including Beijing Charmission Travel , Europe Champion Travel , Ideaindochina & HGH Travel and Trails of Indochina are represented for the first time. Indonesia and Taiwan occupy larger stands. Bhutan has moved from Hall 5.2a to Hall 26. In the hall displaying India (5.2b) the state of Rajasthan is returning in 2016, having launched a new global marketing campaign. Following the disastrous earthquake in April 2015 Nepal is back with its campaign ’Nepal Now’, promoting the country as an attractive and safe tourism destination. Central America and the Carribbean have also expressed keen demand for places at the world’s leading travel trade show. Following an absence, St. Lucia and the Turks and Caicos Islands are exhibiting again. Now with larger stands, Cuba and El Salvador are even more strongly represented at the show. There is also high growth in numbers from Canada , the USA and Central Asia. In particular, there are many exhibitors from Russia . Arab countries such as Egypt , Jordan , Morocco , Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates have already secured their places, and in Hall 22a Emirates is certain to cause a stir with its new stand. With displays covering two halls, the African countries at ITB Berlin underline how important tourism is for this continent. Numerous countries are back at the show following an absence. They include Zimbabwe , Cameroon , Burundi and Sierra Leone , whose appearance at the show after the ravaging ebola epidemic marks the return of this country to the tourism market. The arrival of several newcomers from Europe emphasises the increasing importance of ITB Berlin. For the first time the Vatican Museums and the papal art collection from Vatican City are represented with their own stand in Hall 1.2a . Turkey , a popular holiday destination, is represented in its own hall (3.2) with 15 new exhibitors, a record figure. Among the exhibitors in the Hall displaying Spain (4.2) are Ferri Land – PortAventuraWorld , Ayuntamiento Marbella and MTS Globe Spain , all newcomers to the show. Hall 25 , where tourism companies are exhibiting, has also experienced high growth. This year the online portal Urlaubspiraten , the Mouzenidis Travel Group , one of Greece’s biggest tour operators, and the low-cost carrier Germania are all making their first appearance at the show. For business travel managers and everyone involved with business travel Hall 7.1c at ITB Berlin is the place to meet. For the fourth year in succession the Home of Business Travel by ITB & VDR offers a relaxed lounge atmosphere where one can network and exchange knowledge. Acquiring new knowledge is key in this field. Accordingly, this specialist display area offers direct access to the lectures and discussion rounds of the ITB Business Travel Days . Travel Technology provides an impetus for the global travel industry Travel Technology is booming. Halls 5.1 and 6.1 have been booked up since December and there are already long waiting lists. The high level of demand expressed by first-time exhibitors reflects the dynamic nature of the market. Around 30 per cent of exhibitors in this section are newcomers to the show, including major international companies such as Tuniu (China), Bynder ’getbynder’ (Netherlands) and Clicktripz (USA), as well as Beachinspector , the winners of the Sprungbrett Innovators’ Competition. Roompad, Citos Systems and Freshcells occupy larger display areas and Sabre , the world’s leading provider of solutions for the travel industry, has moved to the Travel Technology Hall in 5.1. Following a long absence, Traffics is exhibiting at the show again. This travel tech company is also a sponsor of the eTravel Lounge, which has established itself as an important platform for startups. On 9 March the final round of Start Tourism Up will be held on the company’s stage. For the first time the etravel Lab is being sponsored, namely by Pisano Holding. David Ruetz has good news for everyone on this year’s waiting list: “Due to high demand, in 2017 ITB Berlin is planning to expand this highly topical segment, which continues to grow.“ Pink Pavilion: world’s largest display of gay and lesbian travel products Since 2010 Gay & Lesbian Travel has been highly successful at ITB Berlin. In the meantime it represents the world’s largest specialist display of travel products in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tourism. Companies from around the world are represented in the Pink Pavilion, including the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and many co-exhibitors. Newcomers include include India and Nepal as well as Moments, an operator from Mauritius, Quiiky Travel from Italy, and Illinois Tourism, the partner of the Media Breakfast. Culture Lounge: increase in international exhibitors This year the Culture Lounge has experienced a considerable rise in international exhibitors, making it one of the highest growth segments at ITB Berlin. As well as regular exhibitors in Hall 16 over a dozen European cities, destinations and institutions are appearing for the first time, showcasing their cultural highlights. They include Aarhu s 2017 – the European City of Culture, Belgientourismus Wallonie-Brüssel , Fédération Européenne des Cités Napoléoniennes , Fondation Beyeler, Innovation Norway , Ireland Tourism and the Liszt Academy of Music from Budapest . 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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ITB Berlin 2016: High demand boosts international attendance

Bookings are stable compared to last year – many halls at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show are already booked up – big increase in exhibitors from Asia, Africa, the Arab countries, North America and Europe – Travel Technology is booming ITB Berlin is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and is as successful as ever. Many of the halls are already booked up. From 9 to 13 March 2016 at the world’s largest travel trade show the fair’s organisers expect around 10,000 exhibitors and organisations from more than 180 countries to be in the 26 halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. “Bookings are stable compared to 2015, underlining ITB Berlin’s role as the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show – despite the difficult economic situation on the world market, the refugee crisis and terror attacks. This year’s ITB Berlin will unite supply and demand from around the world again and send out an important message for the future. The high level of demand from emerging destinations such as Asia and the Arab countries and the growth of popular markets such as Travel Technology are proof of how dynamic the global travel industry is. At the same time, up-to-the-minute and forward-looking themes at the ITB Berlin Convention , where leading experts will be taking part in the debate, emphasise ITB Berlin’s reputation as the travel industry’s driving force“, said David Ruetz, head of ITB Berlin. The focus is on the Maldives . This year’s partner country is organising the opening event on the eve of ITB Berlin. What is more, the island nation in the Indian Ocean, which first exhibited at ITB Berlin in 1984, occupies a larger display area. Trade visitors and the general public visiting the stand in Hall 5.2, which now covers 200 square metres, can find out about the many products and services of this travel destination which attracts visitors 365 days a year. Growth and returning exhibitors reflect developments in the travel industry Demand from Asia and the Arab countries remains particularly high. In Hall 26 China Southern Airlines , as well as tour operators and destination management companies (DMCs), including Beijing Charmission Travel , Europe Champion Travel , Ideaindochina & HGH Travel and Trails of Indochina are represented for the first time. Indonesia and Taiwan occupy larger stands. Bhutan has moved from Hall 5.2a to Hall 26. In the hall displaying India (5.2b) the state of Rajasthan is returning in 2016, having launched a new global marketing campaign. Following the disastrous earthquake in April 2015 Nepal is back with its campaign ’Nepal Now’, promoting the country as an attractive and safe tourism destination. Central America and the Carribbean have also expressed keen demand for places at the world’s leading travel trade show. Following an absence, St. Lucia and the Turks and Caicos Islands are exhibiting again. Now with larger stands, Cuba and El Salvador are even more strongly represented at the show. There is also high growth in numbers from Canada , the USA and Central Asia. In particular, there are many exhibitors from Russia . Arab countries such as Egypt , Jordan , Morocco , Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates have already secured their places, and in Hall 22a Emirates is certain to cause a stir with its new stand. With displays covering two halls, the African countries at ITB Berlin underline how important tourism is for this continent. Numerous countries are back at the show following an absence. They include Zimbabwe , Cameroon , Burundi and Sierra Leone , whose appearance at the show after the ravaging ebola epidemic marks the return of this country to the tourism market. The arrival of several newcomers from Europe emphasises the increasing importance of ITB Berlin. For the first time the Vatican Museums and the papal art collection from Vatican City are represented with their own stand in Hall 1.2a . Turkey , a popular holiday destination, is represented in its own hall (3.2) with 15 new exhibitors, a record figure. Among the exhibitors in the Hall displaying Spain (4.2) are Ferri Land – PortAventuraWorld , Ayuntamiento Marbella and MTS Globe Spain , all newcomers to the show. Hall 25 , where tourism companies are exhibiting, has also experienced high growth. This year the online portal Urlaubspiraten , the Mouzenidis Travel Group , one of Greece’s biggest tour operators, and the low-cost carrier Germania are all making their first appearance at the show. For business travel managers and everyone involved with business travel Hall 7.1c at ITB Berlin is the place to meet. For the fourth year in succession the Home of Business Travel by ITB & VDR offers a relaxed lounge atmosphere where one can network and exchange knowledge. Acquiring new knowledge is key in this field. Accordingly, this specialist display area offers direct access to the lectures and discussion rounds of the ITB Business Travel Days . Travel Technology provides an impetus for the global travel industry Travel Technology is booming. Halls 5.1 and 6.1 have been booked up since December and there are already long waiting lists. The high level of demand expressed by first-time exhibitors reflects the dynamic nature of the market. Around 30 per cent of exhibitors in this section are newcomers to the show, including major international companies such as Tuniu (China), Bynder ’getbynder’ (Netherlands) and Clicktripz (USA), as well as Beachinspector , the winners of the Sprungbrett Innovators’ Competition. Roompad, Citos Systems and Freshcells occupy larger display areas and Sabre , the world’s leading provider of solutions for the travel industry, has moved to the Travel Technology Hall in 5.1. Following a long absence, Traffics is exhibiting at the show again. This travel tech company is also a sponsor of the eTravel Lounge, which has established itself as an important platform for startups. On 9 March the final round of Start Tourism Up will be held on the company’s stage. For the first time the etravel Lab is being sponsored, namely by Pisano Holding. David Ruetz has good news for everyone on this year’s waiting list: “Due to high demand, in 2017 ITB Berlin is planning to expand this highly topical segment, which continues to grow.“ Pink Pavilion: world’s largest display of gay and lesbian travel products Since 2010 Gay & Lesbian Travel has been highly successful at ITB Berlin. In the meantime it represents the world’s largest specialist display of travel products in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tourism. Companies from around the world are represented in the Pink Pavilion, including the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and many co-exhibitors. Newcomers include include India and Nepal as well as Moments, an operator from Mauritius, Quiiky Travel from Italy, and Illinois Tourism, the partner of the Media Breakfast. Culture Lounge: increase in international exhibitors This year the Culture Lounge has experienced a considerable rise in international exhibitors, making it one of the highest growth segments at ITB Berlin. As well as regular exhibitors in Hall 16 over a dozen European cities, destinations and institutions are appearing for the first time, showcasing their cultural highlights. They include Aarhu s 2017 – the European City of Culture, Belgientourismus Wallonie-Brüssel , Fédération Européenne des Cités Napoléoniennes , Fondation Beyeler, Innovation Norway , Ireland Tourism and the Liszt Academy of Music from Budapest . 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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ITB Book Awards 2016 – the winners

Awards for Sebastian Copeland, Ulrike Draesner, Alastair Bonnett, Vito von Eichborn, Walter Freyer, Fredy Gareis, Wolfgang Kunth, Michael Martin, Paul Theroux, the ‘Länderbericht’ series of the Federal Centre for Political Education The winners of the ITB Book Awards 2016 have been decided upon. In the year that celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of ITB Berlin the focus of the jury is on specialist travel publications. The new ‘Background information’ category highlights literature with important background information on tourism destinations currently attracting public attention. Award winners include the Federal Centre for Political Education (bpb) for its in-depth ‘Länderbericht’ series with titles about China, Korea (North and South Korea), Japan, Russia, Turkey, France and Poland. The jury’s recommended reading for anyone aiming to visit the Maldives, the official partner country of ITB Berlin in 2016, is the Baedeker title ‘Malediven’ by Heiner F. Gstaltmayr and Wieland Höhne. Besides offering important information on the country’s history and its climate the authors provided in-depth background knowledge on nature and the environment as well as on Islam, the state religion of this island nation. For the first time the jury took a look at books about travel destinations in Germany, starting in 2016 with the Baltic and the city of Berlin. Every year, the annual Messe Berlin ITB Book Awards, through an independent jury, recognise publications from Germany and abroad, mostly written in German, but also translated into German. The aim of the awards is to draw attention to a wide range of travel and tourism publications for the discerning reader. The majority of the jury’s nominations are the result of their own research. Several awards can be made in each category. The ITB Book Awards do not confer money prizes. ITB Book Awards 2016 Specialist publications: Specialist tourism literature Hartmut Rein, Wolfgang Strasdas (publishers) ‘Nachhaltiger Tourismus’ UVK Verlagsgesellschaft mit UVK/Lucius/utb. Axel Schulz, Uwe Weithöner, Roman Egger, Robert Goecke (publishers) ‘eTourismus: Prozesse und Systeme’ Walter de Gruyter/De GruyterOldenbourg Walter Freyer ‘Tourismus – Einführung Fremdenverkehrsökonomie’ Walter de Gruyter/De GruyterOldenbourg C. Michael Hall, Stefan Gössling, Daniel Scott ‘Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability’ Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group Background information Ulf-Dieter Klemm, Wolfgang Schultheiss (publishers) ‘Die Krise in Griechenland’ Campus Verlag Walter M. Weiss ‘Iran’ WBG / Konrad Theiss Verlag bpb ‘Länderbericht’ series including ‘China’, ‘Korea’ (North and South Korea), ‘Japan’, ‘Russia’, ‘Turkey’, ‘France’, ‘Poland’ Federal Centre for Political Education (bpb) Tourist maps / Globes ‘Der grosse Kosmos Weltatlas’ (Franckh-Kosmos Verlag) Outdoor loose-leaf maps ‘Bavarian Alps’ ‘South Tyrol’ KOMPASS maps Duo Azzurro® globe Columbus Verlag Paul Oestergaard Travel publications Destination Award: Maldives Heiner F. Gstaltmayr, Wieland Höhne ‘Malediven’ Verlag Karl Baedeker Travel destinations in Germany – Baltic region Vito von Eichborn ‘111 Orte zwischen Lübeck und Kiel, die man gesehen haben muss’ Emons Verlag Islands and towns in the Baltic region Sven Talaron ‘Rügen – Hiddensee, Stralsund’ Michael Müller Verlag Sven Talaron, Sabine Becht ‘Usedom’ Michael Müller Verlag Matthias Kröner ‘Lübeck – inklusive Travemünde’ Michael Müller Verlag Dieter Katz ‘Fehmarn’ Michael Müller Verlag Baltic region in general Hans-Jürgen Fründt ‘Ostseeküste Schleswig-Holstein’ Reise Know-How Verlag Peter Höh ‘Ostseeküste Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’ Reise Know-How Verlag Travel destinations in Germany – Cities: Berlin Ellen Teschendorf, Petra Albert ‘Style Guide Berlin National Goegraphic CiaránFahey ‘Verlassene Orte / Abandoned Berlin’ be.bra Verlag Special travel guide series 50 Maps Berlin, Paris, London, New York DuMont Reiseverlag Special travel books / guidebooks Paul Theroux ‘Tief im Süden. Reise durch ein anderes Amerika’ Translators.: Reiner Pfleiderer, Franka Reinhart, Sigrid Schmid Verlag Hoffmann und Campe Fredy Gareis ‘100 Gramm Wodka. Auf Spurensuche in Russland’ Malik im Piper Verlag Alastair Bonnett ‘Die seltsamsten Orte der Welt’ Übers.: Andreas Wirthensohn Verlag C.H.Beck Rainer Wieland ‘Das Buch des Reisens’ Propyläen Verlag/Ullstein Buchverlage John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman ‘The great National Geographic Survival Guide’ Translator: Monika Rössiger National Geographic Literary travel books Ulrike Draesner ‘Mein Hiddensee’ mareverlag Arthur Conan Doyle ‘Heute dreimal ins Polarmeer gefallen’ Translator: Alexander Pechmann mareverlag Graham Greene ‘Reisen ohne Landkarten’ Übers: Michael Kleeberg Verlagsbuchhandlung Liebeskind Reise-Bildband Sebastian Copeland ‘Arctica. The Vanishing North’ Translator: Kurt Rehkopf teNeues Publishing Group ‘China. Entdeckungen im ‘Reich der Mitte’ Kunth Verlag, Munich ‘Metropolights New York. Lichter einer grossen Stadt’ Kunth Verlag, Munich International Mountain Summit ‘Der Atem der Berge’ Bruckmann Verlag Hiking / Cycling Armin Herb, Daniel Simon ‘Die schönsten Hüttentouren für Mountainbiker’ Delius Klasing Verlag Travelling with children Kerstin Führer, Jenny Menzel ‘Reisehandbuch für Familien’ KidsAway Verlag Travel cook books Rob & Sophia Palmer ‘Marokko’ Translator: Scriptorium, Köln Verlag Georg D.W. Callwey Johannes Riffelmacher, Thomas Kosikowski ‘Salt &Silver reisen surfen kochen – Lateinamerika’ Neuer Umschau Buchverlag Games for travellers Ernst Strouhal ‘Die Welt im Spiel. Atlas der spielbaren Landkarten’ Christian Brandstätter Verlag Travel calendars ‘Rom 2016’ Photos: Ken Kaminesky Kunth Verlag Special prize presented by the management of ITB Berlin Michael Martin ‘Planet Wüste’ Knesebeck Verlag Travel publisher 2016: Lifetime Award Publisher Wolfgang Kunth The members of the 2016 jury are: • Eckart Baier (Buchjournal) • Cornelia Camen (BuchMarkt) • Armin Herb (jury spokesman, editorial offices, Herb) • Regine Kiepert(Schropp Land & Karte) • Prof. Dr. Roland Conrady (Hochschule Worms/president, DGT) • Martina Kraus (RavensBuch) • Philipp Laage (dpa Themendienst) • Karl Mertes (journalist) • Burghard Rauschelbach (consultant, GIZ) • Raphaela Sabel (Schweizer Buchhandel) • Gerd W. Seidemann (Der Tagesspiegel) • Astrid Zand (chairing the jury, ITB Berlin) • Margrit Philipp (organiser / judge on ‘Background information’ titles ‘Special / literary travel books’, ‘Lifetime Award’, ‘Games for travellers’) The presentation of the ITB Book Awards 2016 will be moderated by Mary Amiri and takes place on Friday, 11 March 2016 at 4 p.m. in the Palais am Funkturm. Enquiries / registration, organisation: Büro Philipp, Schanzstrasse 5, D-88045 Friedrichshafen tel. +49-7541-37 48 635, fax +49-7541-37 48 636 mobile: +49-0170-4 57 91 83, E-Mail: info@buero-philipp.de www.itb-berlin.de/buchawards www.buero-philipp.de/itb_buchawards.html 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. 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