Healthy prognosis for medical travel

March 14, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 14 March 2017: Medical tourism has grown into a healthy travel sector as people shop beyond their borders for everything from dental work to plastic surgery, according to experts at Berlin’s ITB travel fair, last week.

This year is the first that the global tourism show set aside space in the halls of the German capital’s congress centre for medical tourism.

Health tourism is already worth billions of dollars per year and set to grow at up to 25% annually over the coming decade, according to a recent study by Visa and Oxford Economics. Read more

ITB Berlin tots up more exhibitors

March 13, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 13 March 2017: ITB Berlin closed last week on a high note claiming a record turnout of exhibitors and signs that the demand for travel continues to grow despite travel consumers’ “profound safety concerns”.

Credited with being the world’s largest travel trade show it is now routine for the event to annually surpass turnout figures for both trade and consumer visitors.

But at this year’s show, Messe Berlin was keen to highlight its latest venture in Asia the inaugural ITB China that will open in Shanghai this May. Read more

Four Asian endeavours reach Nat GEO finals

March 10, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 10 March 2017: Five winners of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were announced Thursday during an awards ceremony held at the Palais am Funkturm, the new official awards venue of ITB Berlin.

For the first time four of the 15 finalists that reached the awards stage at ITB Berlin, this year, were from Asia.

It indicates a growing recognition in Asia that tourism must abide by sustainable tourism principles and be part of the solution to save the environment. Read more

Tourism shines in a dark hour

March 9, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 9 March 2017: Tourism can transform our world and build better understanding in a world living a deficit of tolerance, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, at the opening ceremony of the 2017 edition of ITB Berlin, Wednesday.

He appeared to make a veiled reference to US President Donald Trump’s now infamous travel ban and the signing off a revised ban on Monday.

“We live the worst of times and the best of times. Times when we wake up… to the threat of terrorism on our doorsteps and the glooming numbers of unemployment.  Times of isolationism and ill-conceived actions like travel bans, which do not lead to increased security, but just to growing tension. Despite all these complex and interlinked challenges, despite acts against the freedom of travel, the power of tourism continues to shine through the darkness,” Rifai said. Read more

ITB: Stay in touch with the latest app

March 2, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 2 March 2017: New interactive features to help travel trade executives to plan their ITB visit have been introduced in the latest version of the ITB App.

The updated app is free and available now for download on App Store and Google Play for all visitors to ITB Berlin..

The ITB App (www.itb-berlin.com/itb-app.html) provides trade show visitors with all information about ITB and assists as a guide to the maze of halls that make up Messe Berlin’s exhibition grounds. Read more

Sens Asia Travel JVs in Germany

February 28, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 28 February 2017: Experiential travel specialist, Sens Asia Travel, has entered into a joint venture agreement in Germany to create Sens Asia Travel GmbH and offer its sensory-driven journeys to Asia’s popular travel destinations to the German outbound travel market.

The official signing will be held at ITB in Berlin, 8 to 12 March.

Founded last year by award-winning Vietnam-based travel company, HG Holdings, Sens Asia Travel offers a content rich travel booking experience, sold online and through travel agents that is based on the concept of ‘sensory travel’. Read more

Berlin Travel Festival preview

February 23, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 23 February 2017: One year before its official launch in March 2018, the Berlin Travel Festival invites trade visitors and media to a preview at ITB Berlin.

This innovative festival format, part concept store for end-consumers and part niche trade fair for the industry, will be a new platform to connect, explore and learn, ITB Berlin officials claimed.

The preview will take place, 8 to 11 March, at the fairground’s Marshall-Haus, The highlight of the interactive exhibition will be a stage programme under the motto ’People, Places and Memories’. Read more

Thailand embarks on sports tourism campaign

February 21, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 21 February 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports will increase efforts to promote Thailand as a sports hub during the up-coming ITB Berlin, 8 to 12 March.

Tourism and sports minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said sports was a priority sector that could help to promote the country on the international stage this year.

The minister first introduced a major sports tourism campaign at the Thailand Travel Mart in Chiang Mai, June 2016, when the Sports Authority of Thailand attended the event for the first time. Read more

ASIA DMC launches tours at ITB

February 16, 2017 by  
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HANOI, 16 February 2017: ASEAN-based tour operator, ASIA DMC, is preparing to roll out its newest tailor-made tours called “Spirit of Travel” to global buyers at ITB in Berlin, Germany, the world’s largest travel trade event.

Led by recently appointed group managing director, Linh Le, ASIA DMC will announce its new programme of personalised high-end travel.

In addition, the tour operator will unveil plans to expand its office presence in Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka adding to its existing presence in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Read more

Music and dance finale at ITB Berlin

February 9, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 9 February 2017: Exotic music, colours and rhythms will feature at the ITB Berlin grand finale 12 March — admission to the show is free for ITB ticket holders.

Visitors, exhibitors and guests will gather to celebrate the finale of the 51st ITB Berlin with a spectacular show featuring African music, Caribbean songs, Andalusian rhythms and German-Greek choir music.

The event will be hosted by the award-winning television and show presenter Mary Amiri. Read more

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