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Headline news from ITB Berlin – Saturday

ITB Berlin Daily: ITB Berlin commits to actively supporting human rights in tourism +++ visitor numbers on the increase in Myanmar +++ New survey: How reliable are online customer reviews? +++ New Social Media Newsroom: news, photos and posts from Facebook and Twitter By signing the Commitment to Human Rights in Tourism ITB Berlin has underlined its responsibility as the world’s leading travel trade show. Myanmar has set out a master plan to cope with the anticipated future influx of visitors. The Social Media Newsroom of ITB Berlin has online information at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de on this story as well as other news from the world’s leading travel trade show. The three top stories on Friday, 8 March 2014 ITB Berlin intensifies its involvement in human rights and tourism ITB Berlin has declared its commitment to taking part in the Round Table on Human Rights and Tourism. The show also intends to encourage tour operators to sign the Commitment to Human Rights in Tourism which has been prepared by the participants in the Round Table. On Friday at the ITB CSR Day, during the ITB Berlin Convention, Rika Jean-François, CSR appointee of ITB Berlin, signed a corresponding undertaking: “As a travel trade show we take our responsibility for respecting human rights in tourism very seriously. We welcome the Commitment to Human Rights in Tourism and will work towards its implementation.. Read more here . A master plan for Myanmar Tourism in Myanmar is still in its infancy. Nevertheless, increasing numbers of holidaymakers and business travellers are discovering this country, located between China and India, which only opened its borders three years ago. Last year, in order to cope with the rising number of visitors, a master plan was laid down for 2020. It formulates six strategic objectives and 25 concrete recommendations and areas for implementation. Tourism minister Htay Aung summarised these efforts in one sentence: “The Myanmar Tourism Master Plan is our roadmap for the future of sustainable tourism.” Read more here . New survey examining online customer reviews presented at the ITB Berlin Convention 2014 The investigation carried out by Roland Conrady, academic director of the ITB Berlin Convention and professor at Worms Technical College together with his students for ITB Berlin 2014 reveals that everyone – travellers, platform operators and hoteliers – have become much more professional in their dealings with online hotel reviews. Read more here . Journalists and interested readers can find news on the main topics at the world’s leading travel trade show posted daily at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en. The Social Media Newsroom has news in German and English on every travel destination represented at ITB Berlin, plus trends and innovations in aviation, cruises, the hotel trade and travel technology. This news portal also has the latest from the ITB Berlin Convention, the leading think tank of the global travel industry. You can find the Social Media Newsroom here. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2014 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 9 March. From the Wednesday to the Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. The ITB Berlin Convention is held parallel with the trade fair, from Wednesday to Saturday, 5 to 8 March 2014. It is the world’s largest specialist convention for the industry. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry. In 2013 a total of 10,086 companies and organisations from 188 countries exhibited their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 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 Media Centre / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

Headline news from ITB Berlin – Friday

ITB Berlin Daily: Partner counry Mexico invites tourists to experience its diversity +++ Samih Sawiris sees big prospects for tourism in the Gulf states +++ Former astronaut looks at space tourism +++ New Social Media Newsroom: news, photos and posts from Facebook and Twitter Mexico, the partner country of ITB Berlin, is displaying the entire range of its travel products. At the ITB Berlin Convention, Samih Sawiris and Michael Frese of DER Touristik were among those debating the future prospects for tourism in the Gulf states. Former astronaut Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walter talked about dealing with such mundane problems as settling one’s travel expenses. The Social Media Newsroom of ITB Berlin has online information at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en on this story as well as other news from the world’s leading travel trade show. The three top stories on Friday, 07 March 2014 Partner country Mexico: diversity Mexico, this year’s partner country, is displaying its entire range of travel products at ITB Berlin. At a press conference on Thursday, tourism managers from a dozen of the country’s federal states, including Baja California Sur and Yucatan, presented their destinations and the vast range of choices on offer. They range from the culture of indigenous peoples to the bustling modernity of the capital Mexico City and the beaches around Acapulco and Cancun. Read more here . Samih Sawiris on the tourism prospects for the Gulf states What is the core brand statement of the Gulf States and what can be done to develop tourism there? On Thursday at the ITB Berlin Convention these were the questions debated at ‘Destination Arabia’. According to Samih Sawiris, chairman of Orascom HD, who is looking to invest in the German tour operator FTI, the idea that the Gulf states were a tourism destination was simply a fantasy. “One cannot compare Dubai and Yemen“, said Sawiris, whose company has developed tourism in the cities of El Gouna, Taba Heights and Haram City in Egypt, among other places. “In the Gulf States there is no limit to land.“ Read more here . ITB Berlin Convention: around the world in 90 minutes – with NASA When Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walter recounts his trips into space he sounds like a professional tour guide. A former scientific astronaut and the current chair of the Aerospace Systems Department at the Technical University of Munich, the tour he gave at the ITB Berlin Convention might have been virtual but featured impressive images nonetheless: his photos from 350 to 400 kilometres above Earth showed the planet from all sides. Ulrich Walter gave business travellers tips on how to settle travel expenses for trips into space and estimated the distance from Houston to the Californian desert at over six million kilometres. Read more here . Journalists and interested readers can find news on the main topics at the world’s leading travel trade show posted daily at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de. The Social Media Newsroom has news in German and English on every travel destination represented at ITB Berlin, plus trends and innovations in aviation, cruises, the hotel trade and travel technology. This news portal also has the latest from the ITB Berlin Convention, the leading think tank of the global travel industry. You can find the Social Media Newsroom here. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2014 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 9 March. From the Wednesday to the Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. The ITB Berlin Convention is held parallel with the trade fair, from Wednesday to Saturday, 5 to 8 March 2014. It is the world’s largest specialist convention for the industry. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry. In 2013 a total of 10,086 companies and organisations from 188 countries exhibited their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 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 Media Centre / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

Headline news from ITB Berlin – Friday

ITB Berlin Daily: Partner counry Mexico invites tourists to experience its diversity +++ Samih Sawiris sees big prospects for tourism in the Gulf states +++ Former astronaut looks at space tourism +++ New Social Media Newsroom: news, photos and posts from Facebook and Twitter Mexico, the partner country of ITB Berlin, is displaying the entire range of its travel products. At the ITB Berlin Convention, Samih Sawiris and Michael Frese of DER Touristik were among those debating the future prospects for tourism in the Gulf states. Former astronaut Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walter talked about dealing with such mundane problems as settling one’s travel expenses. The Social Media Newsroom of ITB Berlin has online information at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en on this story as well as other news from the world’s leading travel trade show. The three top stories on Friday, 07 March 2014 Partner country Mexico: diversity Mexico, this year’s partner country, is displaying its entire range of travel products at ITB Berlin. At a press conference on Thursday, tourism managers from a dozen of the country’s federal states, including Baja California Sur and Yucatan, presented their destinations and the vast range of choices on offer. They range from the culture of indigenous peoples to the bustling modernity of the capital Mexico City and the beaches around Acapulco and Cancun. Read more here . Samih Sawiris on the tourism prospects for the Gulf states What is the core brand statement of the Gulf States and what can be done to develop tourism there? On Thursday at the ITB Berlin Convention these were the questions debated at ‘Destination Arabia’. According to Samih Sawiris, chairman of Orascom HD, who is looking to invest in the German tour operator FTI, the idea that the Gulf states were a tourism destination was simply a fantasy. “One cannot compare Dubai and Yemen“, said Sawiris, whose company has developed tourism in the cities of El Gouna, Taba Heights and Haram City in Egypt, among other places. “In the Gulf States there is no limit to land.“ Read more here . ITB Berlin Convention: around the world in 90 minutes – with NASA When Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walter recounts his trips into space he sounds like a professional tour guide. A former scientific astronaut and the current chair of the Aerospace Systems Department at the Technical University of Munich, the tour he gave at the ITB Berlin Convention might have been virtual but featured impressive images nonetheless: his photos from 350 to 400 kilometres above Earth showed the planet from all sides. Ulrich Walter gave business travellers tips on how to settle travel expenses for trips into space and estimated the distance from Houston to the Californian desert at over six million kilometres. Read more here . Journalists and interested readers can find news on the main topics at the world’s leading travel trade show posted daily at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de. The Social Media Newsroom has news in German and English on every travel destination represented at ITB Berlin, plus trends and innovations in aviation, cruises, the hotel trade and travel technology. This news portal also has the latest from the ITB Berlin Convention, the leading think tank of the global travel industry. You can find the Social Media Newsroom here. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2014 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 9 March. From the Wednesday to the Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. The ITB Berlin Convention is held parallel with the trade fair, from Wednesday to Saturday, 5 to 8 March 2014. It is the world’s largest specialist convention for the industry. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry. In 2013 a total of 10,086 companies and organisations from 188 countries exhibited their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 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 Media Centre / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

Headline news from ITB Berlin – Friday

ITB Berlin Daily: Partner counry Mexico invites tourists to experience its diversity +++ Samih Sawiris sees big prospects for tourism in the Gulf states +++ Former astronaut looks at space tourism +++ New Social Media Newsroom: news, photos and posts from Facebook and Twitter Mexico, the partner country of ITB Berlin, is displaying the entire range of its travel products. At the ITB Berlin Convention, Samih Sawiris and Michael Frese of DER Touristik were among those debating the future prospects for tourism in the Gulf states. Former astronaut Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walter talked about dealing with such mundane problems as settling one’s travel expenses. The Social Media Newsroom of ITB Berlin has online information at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en on this story as well as other news from the world’s leading travel trade show. The three top stories on Friday, 07 March 2014 Partner country Mexico: diversity Mexico, this year’s partner country, is displaying its entire range of travel products at ITB Berlin. At a press conference on Thursday, tourism managers from a dozen of the country’s federal states, including Baja California Sur and Yucatan, presented their destinations and the vast range of choices on offer. They range from the culture of indigenous peoples to the bustling modernity of the capital Mexico City and the beaches around Acapulco and Cancun. Read more here . Samih Sawiris on the tourism prospects for the Gulf states What is the core brand statement of the Gulf States and what can be done to develop tourism there? On Thursday at the ITB Berlin Convention these were the questions debated at ‘Destination Arabia’. According to Samih Sawiris, chairman of Orascom HD, who is looking to invest in the German tour operator FTI, the idea that the Gulf states were a tourism destination was simply a fantasy. “One cannot compare Dubai and Yemen“, said Sawiris, whose company has developed tourism in the cities of El Gouna, Taba Heights and Haram City in Egypt, among other places. “In the Gulf States there is no limit to land.“ Read more here . ITB Berlin Convention: around the world in 90 minutes – with NASA When Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walter recounts his trips into space he sounds like a professional tour guide. A former scientific astronaut and the current chair of the Aerospace Systems Department at the Technical University of Munich, the tour he gave at the ITB Berlin Convention might have been virtual but featured impressive images nonetheless: his photos from 350 to 400 kilometres above Earth showed the planet from all sides. Ulrich Walter gave business travellers tips on how to settle travel expenses for trips into space and estimated the distance from Houston to the Californian desert at over six million kilometres. Read more here . Journalists and interested readers can find news on the main topics at the world’s leading travel trade show posted daily at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de. The Social Media Newsroom has news in German and English on every travel destination represented at ITB Berlin, plus trends and innovations in aviation, cruises, the hotel trade and travel technology. This news portal also has the latest from the ITB Berlin Convention, the leading think tank of the global travel industry. You can find the Social Media Newsroom here. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2014 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 9 March. From the Wednesday to the Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. The ITB Berlin Convention is held parallel with the trade fair, from Wednesday to Saturday, 5 to 8 March 2014. It is the world’s largest specialist convention for the industry. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry. In 2013 a total of 10,086 companies and organisations from 188 countries exhibited their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 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 Media Centre / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

Headline news from ITB Berlin – Thursday

ITB Berlin Daily: New awards honour sustainable tourism initiatives +++ Germany the favourite holiday destination of the Swiss +++ Culture & Convention Partner Malaysia releases details of its new campaign +++ New Social Media Newsroom: news, photos and posts from Facebook and Twitter In collaboration with National Geographic Traveler, as of next year ITB will be honouring support for sustainable practices in tourism. Germany’s tourism industry is booming, with statistics breaking records. The new campaign of this year’s Culture & Convention Partner Malaysia focuses on the country’s diversity and its spectacular scenery. The Social Media Newsroom of ITB Berlin has online information at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en on this story as well as other news from the world’s leading travel trade show. The three top stories on Thursday, 6 March 2014 World Legacy Awards: New awards honour sustainable practices in tourism Next year ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel show, and National Geographic Traveler, the globally recognised travel magazine, will be honouring support for sustainable tourism with a series of new awards. The awards will honour leading travel and tourism companies, organisations and destinations which drive the global transition of the travel industry forward by supporting sustainable principles and practices in tourism. Entries for the World Legacy Awards are invited as of 1 June 2014. Read more: here. Germany is the favourite holiday destination of the Swiss 80 million overnights booked by foreign visitors in 2020 – this is the goal of the German National Tourism Board (DZT), which in 2013 saw figures close in on this target. At 71.9 million visitors, a new record was set. 75 per cent came from European countries, of whom the majority were Dutch, followed by the Swiss. For the last four years Germany has been the second most popular destination, behind Spain and ahead of France. Klaus Laepple, president of the DZT, urged voters to participate in the European elections. Germany’s tourism industry could only flourish if Germany’s neighbours were economically stable, he said. Read more: here. Malaysia: focus on ethnic diversity and spectacular scenery Malaysia’s Royal Belum National is over 100 years old and this year is the focus of the campaign entitled ’Visit Malaysia 2014’. Malaysia is this year’s Culture & Convention Partner of ITB Berlin and under the slogan of ’The soul of Asia’ is focusing on its ethnic diversity. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Christians live in this ethnically diverse country, which every year attracts millions of tourists from Europe. Visitors enjoy its wide-ranging cuisine and a wealth of cultural attractions, not to mention the spectacular scenery. Read more: here. Journalists and interested readers can find news on the main topics at the world’s leading travel trade show posted daily at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en. The Social Media Newsroom has news in German and English on every travel destination represented at ITB Berlin, plus trends and innovations in aviation, cruises, the hotel trade and travel technology. This news portal also has the latest from the ITB Berlin Convention, the leading think tank of the global travel industry. You can find the Social Media Newsroom here. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2014 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 9 March. From the Wednesday to the Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. The ITB Berlin Convention is held parallel with the trade fair, from Wednesday to Saturday, 5 to 8 March 2014. It is the world’s largest specialist convention for the industry. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry. In 2013 a total of 10,086 companies and organisations from 188 countries exhibited their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com. Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de. Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com. Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en.

Headline news from ITB Berlin – Thursday

ITB Berlin Daily: New awards honour sustainable tourism initiatives +++ Germany the favourite holiday destination of the Swiss +++ Culture & Convention Partner Malaysia releases details of its new campaign +++ New Social Media Newsroom: news, photos and posts from Facebook and Twitter In collaboration with National Geographic Traveler, as of next year ITB will be honouring support for sustainable practices in tourism. Germany’s tourism industry is booming, with statistics breaking records. The new campaign of this year’s Culture & Convention Partner Malaysia focuses on the country’s diversity and its spectacular scenery. The Social Media Newsroom of ITB Berlin has online information at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en on this story as well as other news from the world’s leading travel trade show. The three top stories on Thursday, 6 March 2014 World Legacy Awards: New awards honour sustainable practices in tourism Next year ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel show, and National Geographic Traveler, the globally recognised travel magazine, will be honouring support for sustainable tourism with a series of new awards. The awards will honour leading travel and tourism companies, organisations and destinations which drive the global transition of the travel industry forward by supporting sustainable principles and practices in tourism. Entries for the World Legacy Awards are invited as of 1 June 2014. Read more: here. Germany is the favourite holiday destination of the Swiss 80 million overnights booked by foreign visitors in 2020 – this is the goal of the German National Tourism Board (DZT), which in 2013 saw figures close in on this target. At 71.9 million visitors, a new record was set. 75 per cent came from European countries, of whom the majority were Dutch, followed by the Swiss. For the last four years Germany has been the second most popular destination, behind Spain and ahead of France. Klaus Laepple, president of the DZT, urged voters to participate in the European elections. Germany’s tourism industry could only flourish if Germany’s neighbours were economically stable, he said. Read more: here. Malaysia: focus on ethnic diversity and spectacular scenery Malaysia’s Royal Belum National is over 100 years old and this year is the focus of the campaign entitled ’Visit Malaysia 2014’. Malaysia is this year’s Culture & Convention Partner of ITB Berlin and under the slogan of ’The soul of Asia’ is focusing on its ethnic diversity. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Christians live in this ethnically diverse country, which every year attracts millions of tourists from Europe. Visitors enjoy its wide-ranging cuisine and a wealth of cultural attractions, not to mention the spectacular scenery. Read more: here. Journalists and interested readers can find news on the main topics at the world’s leading travel trade show posted daily at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en. The Social Media Newsroom has news in German and English on every travel destination represented at ITB Berlin, plus trends and innovations in aviation, cruises, the hotel trade and travel technology. This news portal also has the latest from the ITB Berlin Convention, the leading think tank of the global travel industry. You can find the Social Media Newsroom here. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2014 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 9 March. From the Wednesday to the Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. The ITB Berlin Convention is held parallel with the trade fair, from Wednesday to Saturday, 5 to 8 March 2014. It is the world’s largest specialist convention for the industry. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry. In 2013 a total of 10,086 companies and organisations from 188 countries exhibited their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com. Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de. Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com. Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en.

Headline news from ITB Berlin – Thursday

ITB Berlin Daily: New awards honour sustainable tourism initiatives +++ Germany the favourite holiday destination of the Swiss +++ Culture & Convention Partner Malaysia releases details of its new campaign +++ New Social Media Newsroom: news, photos and posts from Facebook and Twitter In collaboration with National Geographic Traveler, as of next year ITB will be honouring support for sustainable practices in tourism. Germany’s tourism industry is booming, with statistics breaking records. The new campaign of this year’s Culture & Convention Partner Malaysia focuses on the country’s diversity and its spectacular scenery. The Social Media Newsroom of ITB Berlin has online information at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en on this story as well as other news from the world’s leading travel trade show. The three top stories on Thursday, 6 March 2014 World Legacy Awards: New awards honour sustainable practices in tourism Next year ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel show, and National Geographic Traveler, the globally recognised travel magazine, will be honouring support for sustainable tourism with a series of new awards. The awards will honour leading travel and tourism companies, organisations and destinations which drive the global transition of the travel industry forward by supporting sustainable principles and practices in tourism. Entries for the World Legacy Awards are invited as of 1 June 2014. Read more: here. Germany is the favourite holiday destination of the Swiss 80 million overnights booked by foreign visitors in 2020 – this is the goal of the German National Tourism Board (DZT), which in 2013 saw figures close in on this target. At 71.9 million visitors, a new record was set. 75 per cent came from European countries, of whom the majority were Dutch, followed by the Swiss. For the last four years Germany has been the second most popular destination, behind Spain and ahead of France. Klaus Laepple, president of the DZT, urged voters to participate in the European elections. Germany’s tourism industry could only flourish if Germany’s neighbours were economically stable, he said. Read more: here. Malaysia: focus on ethnic diversity and spectacular scenery Malaysia’s Royal Belum National is over 100 years old and this year is the focus of the campaign entitled ’Visit Malaysia 2014’. Malaysia is this year’s Culture & Convention Partner of ITB Berlin and under the slogan of ’The soul of Asia’ is focusing on its ethnic diversity. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Christians live in this ethnically diverse country, which every year attracts millions of tourists from Europe. Visitors enjoy its wide-ranging cuisine and a wealth of cultural attractions, not to mention the spectacular scenery. Read more: here. Journalists and interested readers can find news on the main topics at the world’s leading travel trade show posted daily at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en. The Social Media Newsroom has news in German and English on every travel destination represented at ITB Berlin, plus trends and innovations in aviation, cruises, the hotel trade and travel technology. This news portal also has the latest from the ITB Berlin Convention, the leading think tank of the global travel industry. You can find the Social Media Newsroom here. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2014 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 9 March. From the Wednesday to the Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. The ITB Berlin Convention is held parallel with the trade fair, from Wednesday to Saturday, 5 to 8 March 2014. It is the world’s largest specialist convention for the industry. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the leading trade fair for the worldwide travel industry. In 2013 a total of 10,086 companies and organisations from 188 countries exhibited their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com. Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de. Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com. Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en.

Danube countries strongly represented at ITB Berlin

Together with the Danube Competence Center eight Danube countries are presenting tourism products and highlighting the latest developments along Europe’s second-longest river “Discover the Danube at ITB Berlin.“ Eight countries from the Danube – Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova – will be inviting visitors to the largest travel trade show to explore the beauty, history, cultural and many other attractions of the Danube region. Numerous events and activities will give visitors an opportunity to get to know the destinations along the Danube and to obtain an overview of the business and tourism potential this region offers in eight different countries. Located on the stand of MyDanube Travel in Hall 2.2, the Danube Competence Center (DCC) will be presenting its web platform, www.danube.travel , as well as various initiatives promoting the Danube as a travel destination with a wide range of attractions. The focus is on culture-oriented trips, along the Danube Wine Route and the Roman Emperors’ Route, for example. Guided tours of the Danube at ITB Berlin Measuring 2,888 kilometres the Danube is the second-longest river in Europe. Under the heading of ’A joint cultural heritage along the Danube’, a two-hour tour will give visitors an impression of the spectacular scenery and the geographical, cultural and historical diversity of the regions along the Danube. On the eight stands hosted by the Danube countries experts will be providing advice on specific tourism products and services. They will also have information about business opportunities and developments in tourism on the river that unifies eastern and western Europe. To register please email itb@danubecc.org no later than 3 March. Cross-border cooperation provides opportunities On Friday, 7 March, at the ITB Destination Days in Hall 7.1a, a forum will be taking place with high-profile guests. Participants will discuss ’Marketing a joint cultural heritage’ and how cultural routes along the Danube can provide a model for cross-border tourism and stimulate socio-economic progress. Among other topics, the participants will be discussing how important tourism is for maintaining and supporting regional culture as well as joint marketing strategies and activities. Furthermore, the forum will highlight how culture-oriented trips can help to secure the support of tourism players for cross-border cooperation and to open up new opportunities for tourism companies and international operators at the relevant travel destinations. Passport to the Danube: attractive prizes on offer With the Passport to the Danube visitors to ITB Berlin can find out about the Danube and win valuable prizes. All they have to do is obtain stamps from the stands of the various Danube countries confirming their visit. Once they have at least six stamps they can take part in a prize draw and win a 7-day cruise on the Danube or weekend trips with hotel accommodation for two. More information on the Danube countries is available at www.danube.travelor www.danubecc.org . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2014 will be taking place from Wednesday, 5 to Sunday, 9 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show, the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest travel industry event of its kind in the world, will be held from Wednesday, 5 to Friday, 7 March 2014. Additional information is available at www.itb-kongress.com. ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2013 a total of 10,086 exhibitors from 188 countries displayed their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . .

Danube countries strongly represented at ITB Berlin

Together with the Danube Competence Center eight Danube countries are presenting tourism products and highlighting the latest developments along Europe’s second-longest river “Discover the Danube at ITB Berlin.“ Eight countries from the Danube – Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova – will be inviting visitors to the largest travel trade show to explore the beauty, history, cultural and many other attractions of the Danube region. Numerous events and activities will give visitors an opportunity to get to know the destinations along the Danube and to obtain an overview of the business and tourism potential this region offers in eight different countries. Located on the stand of MyDanube Travel in Hall 2.2, the Danube Competence Center (DCC) will be presenting its web platform, www.danube.travel , as well as various initiatives promoting the Danube as a travel destination with a wide range of attractions. The focus is on culture-oriented trips, along the Danube Wine Route and the Roman Emperors’ Route, for example. Guided tours of the Danube at ITB Berlin Measuring 2,888 kilometres the Danube is the second-longest river in Europe. Under the heading of ’A joint cultural heritage along the Danube’, a two-hour tour will give visitors an impression of the spectacular scenery and the geographical, cultural and historical diversity of the regions along the Danube. On the eight stands hosted by the Danube countries experts will be providing advice on specific tourism products and services. They will also have information about business opportunities and developments in tourism on the river that unifies eastern and western Europe. To register please email itb@danubecc.org no later than 3 March. Cross-border cooperation provides opportunities On Friday, 7 March, at the ITB Destination Days in Hall 7.1a, a forum will be taking place with high-profile guests. Participants will discuss ’Marketing a joint cultural heritage’ and how cultural routes along the Danube can provide a model for cross-border tourism and stimulate socio-economic progress. Among other topics, the participants will be discussing how important tourism is for maintaining and supporting regional culture as well as joint marketing strategies and activities. Furthermore, the forum will highlight how culture-oriented trips can help to secure the support of tourism players for cross-border cooperation and to open up new opportunities for tourism companies and international operators at the relevant travel destinations. Passport to the Danube: attractive prizes on offer With the Passport to the Danube visitors to ITB Berlin can find out about the Danube and win valuable prizes. All they have to do is obtain stamps from the stands of the various Danube countries confirming their visit. Once they have at least six stamps they can take part in a prize draw and win a 7-day cruise on the Danube or weekend trips with hotel accommodation for two. More information on the Danube countries is available at www.danube.travelor www.danubecc.org . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2014 will be taking place from Wednesday, 5 to Sunday, 9 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show, the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest travel industry event of its kind in the world, will be held from Wednesday, 5 to Friday, 7 March 2014. Additional information is available at www.itb-kongress.com. ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2013 a total of 10,086 exhibitors from 188 countries displayed their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . .

Danube countries strongly represented at ITB Berlin

Together with the Danube Competence Center eight Danube countries are presenting tourism products and highlighting the latest developments along Europe’s second-longest river “Discover the Danube at ITB Berlin.“ Eight countries from the Danube – Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova – will be inviting visitors to the largest travel trade show to explore the beauty, history, cultural and many other attractions of the Danube region. Numerous events and activities will give visitors an opportunity to get to know the destinations along the Danube and to obtain an overview of the business and tourism potential this region offers in eight different countries. Located on the stand of MyDanube Travel in Hall 2.2, the Danube Competence Center (DCC) will be presenting its web platform, www.danube.travel , as well as various initiatives promoting the Danube as a travel destination with a wide range of attractions. The focus is on culture-oriented trips, along the Danube Wine Route and the Roman Emperors’ Route, for example. Guided tours of the Danube at ITB Berlin Measuring 2,888 kilometres the Danube is the second-longest river in Europe. Under the heading of ’A joint cultural heritage along the Danube’, a two-hour tour will give visitors an impression of the spectacular scenery and the geographical, cultural and historical diversity of the regions along the Danube. On the eight stands hosted by the Danube countries experts will be providing advice on specific tourism products and services. They will also have information about business opportunities and developments in tourism on the river that unifies eastern and western Europe. To register please email itb@danubecc.org no later than 3 March. Cross-border cooperation provides opportunities On Friday, 7 March, at the ITB Destination Days in Hall 7.1a, a forum will be taking place with high-profile guests. Participants will discuss ’Marketing a joint cultural heritage’ and how cultural routes along the Danube can provide a model for cross-border tourism and stimulate socio-economic progress. Among other topics, the participants will be discussing how important tourism is for maintaining and supporting regional culture as well as joint marketing strategies and activities. Furthermore, the forum will highlight how culture-oriented trips can help to secure the support of tourism players for cross-border cooperation and to open up new opportunities for tourism companies and international operators at the relevant travel destinations. Passport to the Danube: attractive prizes on offer With the Passport to the Danube visitors to ITB Berlin can find out about the Danube and win valuable prizes. All they have to do is obtain stamps from the stands of the various Danube countries confirming their visit. Once they have at least six stamps they can take part in a prize draw and win a 7-day cruise on the Danube or weekend trips with hotel accommodation for two. More information on the Danube countries is available at www.danube.travelor www.danubecc.org . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2014 will be taking place from Wednesday, 5 to Sunday, 9 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show, the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest travel industry event of its kind in the world, will be held from Wednesday, 5 to Friday, 7 March 2014. Additional information is available at www.itb-kongress.com. ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2013 a total of 10,086 exhibitors from 188 countries displayed their products and services to 170,000 visitors, who included 110,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . .