ITB discourse on disruptive travel

BERLIN, 12 January 2017: ITB Berlin will present a record selection of conference content for delegates attending this year’s travel fair, 8 to 12 March.

The show’s convention component  over four days  will deliver 200 sessions, 400 speakers on the latest topics ranging from geopolitical crises and disasters to artificial intelligence.

One of the key up-to-the-minute topics will be ‘Disruptive Travel: The End of the World as We Know It’.

inside no 3Leading international experts 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.

An exclusive global market survey conducted by Travelzoo and commissioned by ITB Berlin will provide information on how crises and disasters influence tourists.

On 9 March, ITB Hospitality Day, presentations will focus on artificial intelligence in the service sector. For example, robots mix cocktails at the bar on board the Royal Caribbean cruise liner Harmony of the Seas, and they also welcome guests at InterContinental hotels.

On Friday, 10 March 2017 the ITB Marketing and Distribution Day will look at how artificial intelligence can be usefully employed in tourism. A panel discussion under the heading of The Next Big Thing: Artificial Intelligence – Disrupting Travel Choices and Bookings?’ will highlight the impact of artificial intelligence on business processes and report on experiences with chatbots, virtual assistants and big data analysis.

At the ITB Destination Days, which will take place on every day of the convention, the focus will be on Botswana, the partner country of ITB Berlin.

On 9 March 2017, day two of this event, four panel discussions will examine the highly topical issue of ‘Safety & Security’. At a keynote session under the heading of ‘The Status Quo and the Future of Security Policy and Technology’ experts will provide information on regions where risk levels are especially high, on suitable strategic and technical measures for improving safety and security, and offer advice for destinations on how to increase safety for travellers.

ITB 2015Afterwards, a panel discussion under the heading of ‘The New Order of Tourism Destinations’ will confront the pressing issue of changing travel patterns and what solutions can be found in order to stabilise tourism demand.

On Friday, 10 March, the last day of the event will address controversial topics, for example ‘Overtourism at Destinations’. Pioneers in this field from affected tourism regions will reveal their successful strategies and present examples of best practices ranging from hi-tech solutions to limiting tourism numbers.

Also on Friday, 10 March the ITB CSR Day will examine important aspects of sustainable tourism. The sessions will discuss ‘Climate – Customers – Communication: How Can Sustainable Travel be Marketed Successfully?’ and ’Sustainable Tourism Destinations – The Status Quo and Lessons Learned’, topics that form part of a practical handbook introduced by the German Tourism Association (DTV) with the support of the Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMUB) and the Federal Nature Conservation Bureau (BfN).

Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free of charge for trade visitors (http://www.itb-berlin.de/en/Visitors/Tickets/).

Full details of the programme of events at the ITB Convention can be found at www.itb-kongress.de/en/Program/index.jsp.

ITB Berlin 2017 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 8 to 12 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show the ITB Berlin Convention, the world’s largest tourism convention, will be held from Wednesday, 8 to Saturday, 11 March.