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ITB MICE Day: face-to-face vs. digital

Experts examine whether new technology poses a threat to face-to-face meetings at events – admission is free for trade visitors and members of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE – the low-cost special travel package for visitors to the ITB Business Travel Days includes an overnight, concert ticket and unlimited admission to ITB Berlin Man versus machine: nowadays, virtual conferences and social media are increasingly replacing face-to-face meetings at events. On Wednesday, 9 March 2016, in Hall 7.1c at the ITB Berlin Convention the ITB MICE Day will be taking a close look at this development. Experts will be examining the forces driving innovation in the event industry and asking whether their arrival is causing a decline in face-to-face encounters. Admission is free for trade visitors at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, and for members of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE. The ITB MICE Day will start with Bernd Fritzges, chairman of the board of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE Vereinigung Deutscher Veranstaltungsorganisatoren e.V. and the publisher Gerd Otto-Rieke each giving a welcome address. Afterwards, Prof. Wolfgang Henseler, founder and creative managing director of SENSORY-MINDS, will be illustrating emerging technology trends and innovations as well as their impact on society, the economy and people. Prof. Dr. Hans R.G. Rück, dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Transport Studies at Hochschule Worms will be talking about the fascinating opportunities resulting from and the pitfalls involved in digitising events. Under the heading of ’SoLoMo’ he will be explaining how digital applications can be incorporated into the four stages of an event as well as the risks associated with hybrid events. Jakob Behrends of Milla & Partner will be talking about ’Interreaction – a look at interactive media as a means of successful communication’, and providing examples of spatial communication. In her paper Doreen Biskup, managing director of MICE ACADEMY, will be talking about triggering emotions at the touch of a button in order to etch an event’s message onto the spectator’s mind, as well as how and in what ways digitisation works at all sensory levels. She will be looking at whether digital applications can trigger emotions such as joy, anger, fear and interest, and at how one can sensibly combine elements of the digital and real world. In his lecture Thomas Waetke of Schutt, Waetke Rechtsanwälte & Fachanwälte GbR will be addressing the topic of data protection and the risks involved for organisers in connection with new technologies. Dr. Christine Buttler, director of Business Development Healthcare MCI Germany, will be giving directions on how to navigate the jungle of technological innovation. Nowadays, new technologies offer many possibilities for interacting with participants, and examples of live feeds, apps and social media will be given to point out ways of interaction. Lastly, Meike Leopold, a corporate communications consultant at start-talking.de, will be explaining the term “influencer relations“. She will be illustrating how companies can benefit from working with influencers and highlighting the huge potential of this area of communications. Mario Schmidt, a presenter of events, TV, radio and chat shows, will host the ITB MICE Day. Once again, VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE is the partner of the ITB MICE Day. Details of the programme of events are now online at http://www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/Topics/BusinessTravelMICE/ . Trade visitors can take advantage of the low-cost travel package being offered to visitors of the ITB Business Travel Days. It includes up to two overnights at the Estrel Hotel Berlin, a ticket to the show Stars in Concert, a first-class rail fare and unlimited admission for trade visitors to ITB Berlin 2016. This special offer is limited to two employees per company and can be booked now at http://www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/Topics/BusinessTravelMICE/ . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors, and WTCF is co-host of ITB Berlin Convention. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB MICE Day: face-to-face vs. digital

Experts examine whether new technology poses a threat to face-to-face meetings at events – admission is free for trade visitors and members of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE – the low-cost special travel package for visitors to the ITB Business Travel Days includes an overnight, concert ticket and unlimited admission to ITB Berlin Man versus machine: nowadays, virtual conferences and social media are increasingly replacing face-to-face meetings at events. On Wednesday, 9 March 2016, in Hall 7.1c at the ITB Berlin Convention the ITB MICE Day will be taking a close look at this development. Experts will be examining the forces driving innovation in the event industry and asking whether their arrival is causing a decline in face-to-face encounters. Admission is free for trade visitors at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, and for members of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE. The ITB MICE Day will start with Bernd Fritzges, chairman of the board of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE Vereinigung Deutscher Veranstaltungsorganisatoren e.V. and the publisher Gerd Otto-Rieke each giving a welcome address. Afterwards, Prof. Wolfgang Henseler, founder and creative managing director of SENSORY-MINDS, will be illustrating emerging technology trends and innovations as well as their impact on society, the economy and people. Prof. Dr. Hans R.G. Rück, dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Transport Studies at Hochschule Worms will be talking about the fascinating opportunities resulting from and the pitfalls involved in digitising events. Under the heading of ’SoLoMo’ he will be explaining how digital applications can be incorporated into the four stages of an event as well as the risks associated with hybrid events. Jakob Behrends of Milla & Partner will be talking about ’Interreaction – a look at interactive media as a means of successful communication’, and providing examples of spatial communication. In her paper Doreen Biskup, managing director of MICE ACADEMY, will be talking about triggering emotions at the touch of a button in order to etch an event’s message onto the spectator’s mind, as well as how and in what ways digitisation works at all sensory levels. She will be looking at whether digital applications can trigger emotions such as joy, anger, fear and interest, and at how one can sensibly combine elements of the digital and real world. In his lecture Thomas Waetke of Schutt, Waetke Rechtsanwälte & Fachanwälte GbR will be addressing the topic of data protection and the risks involved for organisers in connection with new technologies. Dr. Christine Buttler, director of Business Development Healthcare MCI Germany, will be giving directions on how to navigate the jungle of technological innovation. Nowadays, new technologies offer many possibilities for interacting with participants, and examples of live feeds, apps and social media will be given to point out ways of interaction. Lastly, Meike Leopold, a corporate communications consultant at start-talking.de, will be explaining the term “influencer relations“. She will be illustrating how companies can benefit from working with influencers and highlighting the huge potential of this area of communications. Mario Schmidt, a presenter of events, TV, radio and chat shows, will host the ITB MICE Day. Once again, VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE is the partner of the ITB MICE Day. Details of the programme of events are now online at http://www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/Topics/BusinessTravelMICE/ . Trade visitors can take advantage of the low-cost travel package being offered to visitors of the ITB Business Travel Days. It includes up to two overnights at the Estrel Hotel Berlin, a ticket to the show Stars in Concert, a first-class rail fare and unlimited admission for trade visitors to ITB Berlin 2016. This special offer is limited to two employees per company and can be booked now at http://www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/Topics/BusinessTravelMICE/ . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors, and WTCF is co-host of ITB Berlin Convention. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB MICE Day: face-to-face vs. digital

Experts examine whether new technology poses a threat to face-to-face meetings at events – admission is free for trade visitors and members of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE – the low-cost special travel package for visitors to the ITB Business Travel Days includes an overnight, concert ticket and unlimited admission to ITB Berlin Man versus machine: nowadays, virtual conferences and social media are increasingly replacing face-to-face meetings at events. On Wednesday, 9 March 2016, in Hall 7.1c at the ITB Berlin Convention the ITB MICE Day will be taking a close look at this development. Experts will be examining the forces driving innovation in the event industry and asking whether their arrival is causing a decline in face-to-face encounters. Admission is free for trade visitors at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, and for members of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE. The ITB MICE Day will start with Bernd Fritzges, chairman of the board of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE Vereinigung Deutscher Veranstaltungsorganisatoren e.V. and the publisher Gerd Otto-Rieke each giving a welcome address. Afterwards, Prof. Wolfgang Henseler, founder and creative managing director of SENSORY-MINDS, will be illustrating emerging technology trends and innovations as well as their impact on society, the economy and people. Prof. Dr. Hans R.G. Rück, dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Transport Studies at Hochschule Worms will be talking about the fascinating opportunities resulting from and the pitfalls involved in digitising events. Under the heading of ’SoLoMo’ he will be explaining how digital applications can be incorporated into the four stages of an event as well as the risks associated with hybrid events. Jakob Behrends of Milla & Partner will be talking about ’Interreaction – a look at interactive media as a means of successful communication’, and providing examples of spatial communication. In her paper Doreen Biskup, managing director of MICE ACADEMY, will be talking about triggering emotions at the touch of a button in order to etch an event’s message onto the spectator’s mind, as well as how and in what ways digitisation works at all sensory levels. She will be looking at whether digital applications can trigger emotions such as joy, anger, fear and interest, and at how one can sensibly combine elements of the digital and real world. In his lecture Thomas Waetke of Schutt, Waetke Rechtsanwälte & Fachanwälte GbR will be addressing the topic of data protection and the risks involved for organisers in connection with new technologies. Dr. Christine Buttler, director of Business Development Healthcare MCI Germany, will be giving directions on how to navigate the jungle of technological innovation. Nowadays, new technologies offer many possibilities for interacting with participants, and examples of live feeds, apps and social media will be given to point out ways of interaction. Lastly, Meike Leopold, a corporate communications consultant at start-talking.de, will be explaining the term “influencer relations“. She will be illustrating how companies can benefit from working with influencers and highlighting the huge potential of this area of communications. Mario Schmidt, a presenter of events, TV, radio and chat shows, will host the ITB MICE Day. Once again, VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE is the partner of the ITB MICE Day. Details of the programme of events are now online at http://www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/Topics/BusinessTravelMICE/ . Trade visitors can take advantage of the low-cost travel package being offered to visitors of the ITB Business Travel Days. It includes up to two overnights at the Estrel Hotel Berlin, a ticket to the show Stars in Concert, a first-class rail fare and unlimited admission for trade visitors to ITB Berlin 2016. This special offer is limited to two employees per company and can be booked now at http://www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/Topics/BusinessTravelMICE/ . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors, and WTCF is co-host of ITB Berlin Convention. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

ITB MICE Day: face-to-face vs. digital

Experts examine whether new technology poses a threat to face-to-face meetings at events – admission is free for trade visitors and members of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE – the low-cost special travel package for visitors to the ITB Business Travel Days includes an overnight, concert ticket and unlimited admission to ITB Berlin Man versus machine: nowadays, virtual conferences and social media are increasingly replacing face-to-face meetings at events. On Wednesday, 9 March 2016, in Hall 7.1c at the ITB Berlin Convention the ITB MICE Day will be taking a close look at this development. Experts will be examining the forces driving innovation in the event industry and asking whether their arrival is causing a decline in face-to-face encounters. Admission is free for trade visitors at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, and for members of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE. The ITB MICE Day will start with Bernd Fritzges, chairman of the board of VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE Vereinigung Deutscher Veranstaltungsorganisatoren e.V. and the publisher Gerd Otto-Rieke each giving a welcome address. Afterwards, Prof. Wolfgang Henseler, founder and creative managing director of SENSORY-MINDS, will be illustrating emerging technology trends and innovations as well as their impact on society, the economy and people. Prof. Dr. Hans R.G. Rück, dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Transport Studies at Hochschule Worms will be talking about the fascinating opportunities resulting from and the pitfalls involved in digitising events. Under the heading of ’SoLoMo’ he will be explaining how digital applications can be incorporated into the four stages of an event as well as the risks associated with hybrid events. Jakob Behrends of Milla & Partner will be talking about ’Interreaction – a look at interactive media as a means of successful communication’, and providing examples of spatial communication. In her paper Doreen Biskup, managing director of MICE ACADEMY, will be talking about triggering emotions at the touch of a button in order to etch an event’s message onto the spectator’s mind, as well as how and in what ways digitisation works at all sensory levels. She will be looking at whether digital applications can trigger emotions such as joy, anger, fear and interest, and at how one can sensibly combine elements of the digital and real world. In his lecture Thomas Waetke of Schutt, Waetke Rechtsanwälte & Fachanwälte GbR will be addressing the topic of data protection and the risks involved for organisers in connection with new technologies. Dr. Christine Buttler, director of Business Development Healthcare MCI Germany, will be giving directions on how to navigate the jungle of technological innovation. Nowadays, new technologies offer many possibilities for interacting with participants, and examples of live feeds, apps and social media will be given to point out ways of interaction. Lastly, Meike Leopold, a corporate communications consultant at start-talking.de, will be explaining the term “influencer relations“. She will be illustrating how companies can benefit from working with influencers and highlighting the huge potential of this area of communications. Mario Schmidt, a presenter of events, TV, radio and chat shows, will host the ITB MICE Day. Once again, VERANSTALTUNGSPLANER.DE is the partner of the ITB MICE Day. Details of the programme of events are now online at http://www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/Topics/BusinessTravelMICE/ . Trade visitors can take advantage of the low-cost travel package being offered to visitors of the ITB Business Travel Days. It includes up to two overnights at the Estrel Hotel Berlin, a ticket to the show Stars in Concert, a first-class rail fare and unlimited admission for trade visitors to ITB Berlin 2016. This special offer is limited to two employees per company and can be booked now at http://www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/Topics/BusinessTravelMICE/ . About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. Studiosus and Toshiba are Basic Sponsors, and WTCF is co-host of ITB Berlin Convention. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

Speed networking at ITB Berlin

Exhibitors meet buyers and bloggers at the ITB Speed Networking and ITB Blogger Speed Dating events – an opportunity to network and quickly establish new business leads – following prior registration, exhibitors can take part in free events at ITB Berlin 2016 ITB Berlin 2016 is organising two Speed Dating events that will give participants an opportunity to efficiently exchange information and quickly establish numerous new leads. Whereas the ITB Speed Networking event gathers buyers and exhibitors from around the world, the ITB Blogger Speed Dating is the place where bloggers from Germany and abroad can meet representatives of the global travel industry. Both events are free of charge. In order to take part prior registration is required. Following its outstanding success at this year’s ITB Berlin the ITB Speed Networking event is going into another round. In 2016, due to high demand, there will be two one-hour networking events. Exhibitors who are looking for buyers interested in products and services available in Europe will be able to meet their target group on Thursday, 10 March. On 11 March, at the ITB Speed Networking event, exhibitors can meet with buyers operating in non-European international markets. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 9 to 10 a.m. During five-minute sessions registered exhibitors will be able to present their products and exchange contact information with buyers. Then, if desired, they can meet up later on the stand or make appointments to arrange further business for another day. As of 10 February exhibitors can register for the ITB Speed Networking event at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/ITBSpeedNetworking/ . Attendance is limited and registrations will no longer be accepted after the maximum of 500 exhibitors per event has been reached. For tour operators the real-life stories and product reviews published by bloggers from all over the globe make them vitally important opinion-formers. Due to high demand from exhibitors and bloggers, in 2016 at the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event bloggers from Germany and abroad whose main topics include adventure trips, cuisine, luxury travel, travel for the over-65s and family trips will be meeting with members of the travel industry representing, among other sectors, destinations, hotels and PR agencies. At brief, pre-planned meetings lasting eight minutes each, both sides will be able to exchange information and outline their goals. This will allow them to establish initial contact, facilitating future cooperation or trips. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 4.30 to 6 p.m. on 10 and 11 March 2016. Exhibitors can register in advance at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/BloggerSpeedDating/ .For bloggers the website address is www.itb-berlin.com/blogger . 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 .

Speed networking at ITB Berlin

Exhibitors meet buyers and bloggers at the ITB Speed Networking and ITB Blogger Speed Dating events – an opportunity to network and quickly establish new business leads – following prior registration, exhibitors can take part in free events at ITB Berlin 2016 ITB Berlin 2016 is organising two Speed Dating events that will give participants an opportunity to efficiently exchange information and quickly establish numerous new leads. Whereas the ITB Speed Networking event gathers buyers and exhibitors from around the world, the ITB Blogger Speed Dating is the place where bloggers from Germany and abroad can meet representatives of the global travel industry. Both events are free of charge. In order to take part prior registration is required. Following its outstanding success at this year’s ITB Berlin the ITB Speed Networking event is going into another round. In 2016, due to high demand, there will be two one-hour networking events. Exhibitors who are looking for buyers interested in products and services available in Europe will be able to meet their target group on Thursday, 10 March. On 11 March, at the ITB Speed Networking event, exhibitors can meet with buyers operating in non-European international markets. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 9 to 10 a.m. During five-minute sessions registered exhibitors will be able to present their products and exchange contact information with buyers. Then, if desired, they can meet up later on the stand or make appointments to arrange further business for another day. As of 10 February exhibitors can register for the ITB Speed Networking event at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/ITBSpeedNetworking/ . Attendance is limited and registrations will no longer be accepted after the maximum of 500 exhibitors per event has been reached. For tour operators the real-life stories and product reviews published by bloggers from all over the globe make them vitally important opinion-formers. Due to high demand from exhibitors and bloggers, in 2016 at the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event bloggers from Germany and abroad whose main topics include adventure trips, cuisine, luxury travel, travel for the over-65s and family trips will be meeting with members of the travel industry representing, among other sectors, destinations, hotels and PR agencies. At brief, pre-planned meetings lasting eight minutes each, both sides will be able to exchange information and outline their goals. This will allow them to establish initial contact, facilitating future cooperation or trips. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 4.30 to 6 p.m. on 10 and 11 March 2016. Exhibitors can register in advance at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/BloggerSpeedDating/ .For bloggers the website address is www.itb-berlin.com/blogger . 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 .

Speed networking at ITB Berlin

Exhibitors meet buyers and bloggers at the ITB Speed Networking and ITB Blogger Speed Dating events – an opportunity to network and quickly establish new business leads – following prior registration, exhibitors can take part in free events at ITB Berlin 2016 ITB Berlin 2016 is organising two Speed Dating events that will give participants an opportunity to efficiently exchange information and quickly establish numerous new leads. Whereas the ITB Speed Networking event gathers buyers and exhibitors from around the world, the ITB Blogger Speed Dating is the place where bloggers from Germany and abroad can meet representatives of the global travel industry. Both events are free of charge. In order to take part prior registration is required. Following its outstanding success at this year’s ITB Berlin the ITB Speed Networking event is going into another round. In 2016, due to high demand, there will be two one-hour networking events. Exhibitors who are looking for buyers interested in products and services available in Europe will be able to meet their target group on Thursday, 10 March. On 11 March, at the ITB Speed Networking event, exhibitors can meet with buyers operating in non-European international markets. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 9 to 10 a.m. During five-minute sessions registered exhibitors will be able to present their products and exchange contact information with buyers. Then, if desired, they can meet up later on the stand or make appointments to arrange further business for another day. As of 10 February exhibitors can register for the ITB Speed Networking event at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/ITBSpeedNetworking/ . Attendance is limited and registrations will no longer be accepted after the maximum of 500 exhibitors per event has been reached. For tour operators the real-life stories and product reviews published by bloggers from all over the globe make them vitally important opinion-formers. Due to high demand from exhibitors and bloggers, in 2016 at the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event bloggers from Germany and abroad whose main topics include adventure trips, cuisine, luxury travel, travel for the over-65s and family trips will be meeting with members of the travel industry representing, among other sectors, destinations, hotels and PR agencies. At brief, pre-planned meetings lasting eight minutes each, both sides will be able to exchange information and outline their goals. This will allow them to establish initial contact, facilitating future cooperation or trips. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 4.30 to 6 p.m. on 10 and 11 March 2016. Exhibitors can register in advance at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/BloggerSpeedDating/ .For bloggers the website address is www.itb-berlin.com/blogger . 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 .

Speed networking at ITB Berlin

Exhibitors meet buyers and bloggers at the ITB Speed Networking and ITB Blogger Speed Dating events – an opportunity to network and quickly establish new business leads – following prior registration, exhibitors can take part in free events at ITB Berlin 2016 ITB Berlin 2016 is organising two Speed Dating events that will give participants an opportunity to efficiently exchange information and quickly establish numerous new leads. Whereas the ITB Speed Networking event gathers buyers and exhibitors from around the world, the ITB Blogger Speed Dating is the place where bloggers from Germany and abroad can meet representatives of the global travel industry. Both events are free of charge. In order to take part prior registration is required. Following its outstanding success at this year’s ITB Berlin the ITB Speed Networking event is going into another round. In 2016, due to high demand, there will be two one-hour networking events. Exhibitors who are looking for buyers interested in products and services available in Europe will be able to meet their target group on Thursday, 10 March. On 11 March, at the ITB Speed Networking event, exhibitors can meet with buyers operating in non-European international markets. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 9 to 10 a.m. During five-minute sessions registered exhibitors will be able to present their products and exchange contact information with buyers. Then, if desired, they can meet up later on the stand or make appointments to arrange further business for another day. As of 10 February exhibitors can register for the ITB Speed Networking event at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/ITBSpeedNetworking/ . Attendance is limited and registrations will no longer be accepted after the maximum of 500 exhibitors per event has been reached. For tour operators the real-life stories and product reviews published by bloggers from all over the globe make them vitally important opinion-formers. Due to high demand from exhibitors and bloggers, in 2016 at the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event bloggers from Germany and abroad whose main topics include adventure trips, cuisine, luxury travel, travel for the over-65s and family trips will be meeting with members of the travel industry representing, among other sectors, destinations, hotels and PR agencies. At brief, pre-planned meetings lasting eight minutes each, both sides will be able to exchange information and outline their goals. This will allow them to establish initial contact, facilitating future cooperation or trips. The events will take place on Level B in the CityCube from 4.30 to 6 p.m. on 10 and 11 March 2016. Exhibitors can register in advance at www.itb-berlin.de/en/Exhibitors/SpeedDating/BloggerSpeedDating/ .For bloggers the website address is www.itb-berlin.com/blogger . 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 .

City trips set for continued growth despite terror attacks

City trips are world’s top growth segment – Positive outlook despite Paris attacks, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin City trips are the fastest-growing part of the international leisure travel market as Europeans, Asians, North and South Americans head for attractive destinations in nearby countries and also overseas. The outlook for the market segment remains positive despite the short-term impact of the terror attacks in Paris, according to experts. However, concerns are increasing about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations. These are among the findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report, which is produced by tourism consultancy IPK International on behalf of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. Strong outbound growth in all regions City trips soared by 82 percent between 2007 and 2014 to reach a 22 percent share of all outbound holiday trips worldwide, according to IPK’s World Travel Monitor®. “This was the really dynamic segment that has driven market growth over the last seven years,” IPK president Rolf Freitag commented. This strong increase has been driven by cheap flights and low-cost accommodation as well as new attractions and activities. Growth was led by Asia Pacific where city trips increased from about 15 percent of all outbound holiday trips in 2007 to about 25 percent last year. This strong growth reflects in particular the dramatic increase in the number of Chinese people going on international trips, many of them on short trips to cities in Asia. South Americans are also going on more international city trips, mostly within the continent. City trips increased their share of outbound holiday trips by nine percentage points to more than one fifth last year, boosted by travel to Brazilian cities for the football World Cup championship. In Europe, city trips grew to about 20 percent of all outbound holiday trips last year from about 15 percent in 2007, World Travel Monitor® figures show. In North America, city trips had a share of less than one fifth of the outbound holiday market in 2014. This slightly lower figure compared to other regions is largely due to geography as many major outbound city destinations are long-haul trips from a North American perspective. European cities, for example, are especially popular with US and Canadian tourists. Hong Kong, Paris and New York are top three ‘metropolitan’ destinations Hong Kong, Paris and New York were the world’s top three ‘metropolitan’ travel destinations (city plus its surroundings) in 2014, according to the World Travel Monitor®. Hong Kong remained number one, when cross-border overnight trips by Chinese residents to the territory are included. The other top ten destinations were London, Macau, Bangkok, Barcelona, Singapore, Istanbul and Munich. Limits to growth? Meanwhile, tourism experts are increasingly concerned about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. Venice, for example, is worried about the impact of high numbers of cruise passengers arriving simultaneously and then flooding through the city’s narrow streets to see the main sights all at the same time. In Barcelona, there has been well-publicised criticism by residents of the historic city centre and other districts about the number of tourists crowding through their neighbourhoods. IPK president Rolf Freitag confirmed: “This is becoming a problem in some cities. In particular, cruise ships are causing problems with their large passenger numbers.” He predicted that some cities might consider limits on the number of visitors in the next few years. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “City trips have clearly been a key growth driver for worldwide travel and tourism in recent years. International research shows that terror attacks often have only a relatively short-term impact and that the tourism industry remains very robust in the face of crises around the world.” The results and findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report are based on presentations and discussions at the annual World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa, which is supported by ITB Berlin. Initiated at the invitation of consultancy IPK International, more than 50 tourism experts and academics from around the world present the latest figures and current trends in international tourism. Additional results of IPK International’s trend surveys from January to August 2015 together with the estimates of 50 tourism experts from more than 20 countries and the key data from the World Travel Monitor® are published exclusively by ITB Berlin. The detailed results will appeared in the ITB World Travel Trends Report under www.itb-berlin.com. The World Travel Monitor® final results for the year, including the latest outlook for 2016, will be presented at the ITB Convention by Rolf Freitag, President of IPK International. The World Travel Monitor® is based on representative interviews with more than 500,000 people a year in more than 60 travel markets worldwide, and has been regularly conducted for more than 20 years. It is recognised as the largest continuous study into global travel patterns. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .

City trips set for continued growth despite terror attacks

City trips are world’s top growth segment – Positive outlook despite Paris attacks, ITB World Travel Trends Report finds – Latest surveys by the IPK World Travel Monitor® published exclusively by ITB Berlin City trips are the fastest-growing part of the international leisure travel market as Europeans, Asians, North and South Americans head for attractive destinations in nearby countries and also overseas. The outlook for the market segment remains positive despite the short-term impact of the terror attacks in Paris, according to experts. However, concerns are increasing about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations. These are among the findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report, which is produced by tourism consultancy IPK International on behalf of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. Strong outbound growth in all regions City trips soared by 82 percent between 2007 and 2014 to reach a 22 percent share of all outbound holiday trips worldwide, according to IPK’s World Travel Monitor®. “This was the really dynamic segment that has driven market growth over the last seven years,” IPK president Rolf Freitag commented. This strong increase has been driven by cheap flights and low-cost accommodation as well as new attractions and activities. Growth was led by Asia Pacific where city trips increased from about 15 percent of all outbound holiday trips in 2007 to about 25 percent last year. This strong growth reflects in particular the dramatic increase in the number of Chinese people going on international trips, many of them on short trips to cities in Asia. South Americans are also going on more international city trips, mostly within the continent. City trips increased their share of outbound holiday trips by nine percentage points to more than one fifth last year, boosted by travel to Brazilian cities for the football World Cup championship. In Europe, city trips grew to about 20 percent of all outbound holiday trips last year from about 15 percent in 2007, World Travel Monitor® figures show. In North America, city trips had a share of less than one fifth of the outbound holiday market in 2014. This slightly lower figure compared to other regions is largely due to geography as many major outbound city destinations are long-haul trips from a North American perspective. European cities, for example, are especially popular with US and Canadian tourists. Hong Kong, Paris and New York are top three ‘metropolitan’ destinations Hong Kong, Paris and New York were the world’s top three ‘metropolitan’ travel destinations (city plus its surroundings) in 2014, according to the World Travel Monitor®. Hong Kong remained number one, when cross-border overnight trips by Chinese residents to the territory are included. The other top ten destinations were London, Macau, Bangkok, Barcelona, Singapore, Istanbul and Munich. Limits to growth? Meanwhile, tourism experts are increasingly concerned about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. Venice, for example, is worried about the impact of high numbers of cruise passengers arriving simultaneously and then flooding through the city’s narrow streets to see the main sights all at the same time. In Barcelona, there has been well-publicised criticism by residents of the historic city centre and other districts about the number of tourists crowding through their neighbourhoods. IPK president Rolf Freitag confirmed: “This is becoming a problem in some cities. In particular, cruise ships are causing problems with their large passenger numbers.” He predicted that some cities might consider limits on the number of visitors in the next few years. Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President/Director Travel & Logistics ITB Berlin, commented: “City trips have clearly been a key growth driver for worldwide travel and tourism in recent years. International research shows that terror attacks often have only a relatively short-term impact and that the tourism industry remains very robust in the face of crises around the world.” The results and findings in the ITB World Travel Trends Report are based on presentations and discussions at the annual World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa, which is supported by ITB Berlin. Initiated at the invitation of consultancy IPK International, more than 50 tourism experts and academics from around the world present the latest figures and current trends in international tourism. Additional results of IPK International’s trend surveys from January to August 2015 together with the estimates of 50 tourism experts from more than 20 countries and the key data from the World Travel Monitor® are published exclusively by ITB Berlin. The detailed results will appeared in the ITB World Travel Trends Report under www.itb-berlin.com. The World Travel Monitor® final results for the year, including the latest outlook for 2016, will be presented at the ITB Convention by Rolf Freitag, President of IPK International. The World Travel Monitor® is based on representative interviews with more than 500,000 people a year in more than 60 travel markets worldwide, and has been regularly conducted for more than 20 years. It is recognised as the largest continuous study into global travel patterns. About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention ITB Berlin 2016 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 to 13 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2016. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com . ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2015 a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited their products and services to 175,000 visitors, who included 115,000 trade visitors. Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com . Become a fan of ITB Berlin at www.facebook.de/ITBBerlin . Follow ITB Berlin on www.twitter.com/ITB_Berlin . Get the latest updates from the Social Media Newsroom at http://newsroom.itb-berlin.de/en . You can find press releases on the internet at www.itb-berlin.com under the section heading Press / Press Releases. Make use of our information service and subscribe to our RSS feeds .