• ITB Berlin 2017: 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries

    Ramesh Tiwari
    March 7, 2017
    ITB Berlin 2017: 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries

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    Berlin : Around 10 thousand exhibitors from over 180 countries and lectures by leading figures from the industry, ITB Berlin will underline its role as the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show from 8 to 12 March in Berlin .

    At this year’s ITB Berlin Convention the main topics will be safety and security and artificial intelligence. Leading international experts from Google, Booking.com and Airbus will show how tourism professionals are successfully taking on controversial issues and current challenges such as geopolitical crises, travel safety risks and the use of artificial intelligence.

    Medical tourism has become an important and fast-growing market. For the first time ITB Berlin will devote an entire platform to this topic.

    This year ITB Berlin welcomes Botswana as the partner country of the show. The warm hospitality displayed by its people and its commitment to sustainable tourism make Botswana an unrivalled holiday destination in southern Africa. 

     This year, Travel Technology and Gay & Lesbian Travel have expanded again. ITB Berlin currently has more to offer in these segments than any other travel trade show.

    Following the big success of the event in recent years, in partnership with National Geographic Travel and taking place for the third time ITB Berlin will present the World Legacy Awards to tour operators with an outstanding commitment to sustainable tourism.

    World’s Largest Travel Trade Show focuses on the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017’ – forward-looking projects and a new impetus for social responsibility in tourism on the stages in Hall 4.1 and at the ITB Berlin Convention

    A fresh impetus for CSR in tourism: the United Nations has declared 2017 the ’International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’. Economically, ecologically and socially responsible tourism has always been an important topic at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. This year the lectures, panel discussions and seminars are more wide-ranging than ever. 

    “Sustainability has long ceased to be a trend. It has become a firmly established topic at ITB Berlin. The Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development declared by UNWTO provides an opportunity to get the necessary industry changes under way. The aim is to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its sustainability goals in the context of tourism. This year, ITB Berlin will again be making its contribution towards greater responsibility and sustainability“, says Rika Jean-François, CSR commissioner, ITB Berlin.

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      January 20 : Republican billionaire Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president
      January 23 : Syria peace talks begin in Kazakh capital Astana
      March 29 :United Kingdom officially launches the Brexit process
      April 4 :Syria launches chemical attack killing 90 people
      April 6 : US cruise missiles destroy Syrian air base
      April 9 : Bombings at two churches in Egypt kill dozens
      April 16 : Refugee death toll passes 1,000 in Mediterranean
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      May 6 :Emmanuel Macron elected French president defeating Marine Le Pen
      May 19 :Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election
      May 22 : Terrorist attack kills 22 at Manchester concert
      June 5 : Gulf nations severe ties with Qatar
      June 7 :Suicide bombers attack Iranian parliament killing 13 people
      June 14 :London fire kills 71 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower
      July 4 :North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s missile ambitions
      July 28 : Pakistan’s top court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office
      August 5 :US withdraws from Paris climate change pact
      August 17 :Storms cause record damage in Caribbean and southern United States
      August 25 :Muslim Rohingya start fleeing Rakhine state in Myanmar
      September 15 : NASA’s 13-year Saturn mission ends
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      September 24 : Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wins fourth term
      September 26 : Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving
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      October 14 : Massive bombing in Somalia’s capital Modadishu kill more than 500 people
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      November 4 : S audi Arabia detains 11 princes, four ministers and ten former ministers in a corruption probe
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      November 21 : Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe’s president after 37 years in power. His former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa will become president.
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      HONG KONG26.6 million
      BANGKOK 21.2 million
      LONDON19.2 million
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      MACAU15.4 million
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      KUALA LUMPUR12.3 million

      Source: Euromonitor International

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