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ITB Asia News 2019 Day 2 Edition


16 REGION EUROPE No excuses to feel bored in Frankfurt in 2020 The city of Frankfurt, one of Germany’s major metropolis, has plenty of highlights on offer all year round. 2020 will be no exception to the rule! Croatia stand at ITB Asia 2019 Croatia is to become yearround destination Croatia Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli believes that the country is turning into an all-year round tourism destination. The year 2019 could generate a new record for Croatia tourism as foreign tourist arrivals were up by 6% during the first half of the year to reach 5.85 million and 22.93 million overnight stays (+3%). The good performance is due to the increased appeal of Croatia during the pre-season. been made in many segments of this sector by high-quality approaches and models to extend the tourist season. “Ongoing extension of the season was not happening by chance and that it was the result of endeavours by all stakeholders in the tourist trade,” he declared. Frankfurt is worth a visit at every time of year and not only for businessmen coming to Germany’s financial capital. Many festivals and events are announced for 2020. Year 2020 already starts on 23 October as the Städel Museum presents “Making Van Gogh”, an exhibition focusing on the diverse synergies between the painter and the German art scene of the time. Running until 16 February, 2020, the exhibition will be featuring artworks on loan from some of the world’s most renowned museums Every two years, a spectacular light show known as the Luminale lights up Frankfurt’s imposing skyline. The next such event will take place from 12 to 15 March and includes the “Light Walk”, a city tour of the illuminated sights. Another important event is the reopening of the Jewish Museum scheduled for April 2020. The modernised museum will be presenting a permanent exhibition on Jewish history and culture in Frankfurt as well as temporary exhibitions. On 1 May, the traditional German Classic Eschborn- Frankfurt cycling race takes place all across the Rhine-Main region including Frankfurt. During the summer, fans of electronic music can experience the World Club Dome dubbed as the world’s largest club music show from 5 to 7 June. Not to be missed is the much-loved Apple Wine Festival, to be held at the Rossmarkt from 7 to 16 August. The Main river will also be serving as the backdrop for the renowned Museumsufer Festival (Museums’ Riverbank Festival) which takes place from 28 to 30 August featuring countless arts and crafts exhibitors, food stalls and artists’ performances. Last but not least, the Christmas Market of Frankfurt is considered one of the most beautiful around the country. The 2020 edition will be held on the Römerberg, St Paul’s Square and the Hauptwache from 23 November to 22 December STAND M27 - BASEMENT 2 “One of the main priorities in the management of our tourism policy is the strengthening of traffic in the pre-season, and the results of this year’s preseason, like the past years, show that we have managed to reach growth of tourist turnover by 20% in arrivals and 15% in overnight stays in the last three years,” Cappelli said. The minister is confident that the post-season will experience a similar evolution to the preseason. Post-season for Croatia runs in September and October. During the third edition of the annual conference “Can the Croatian Tourism 365?”, which brought together a number of domestic and foreign experts, Cappelli commented on efforts to develop year-round tourism, adding that headway had One of the most efficient tool to extend the peak tourism season was supported, among other things, by the government’s decision to allocate over US.4 million in the last two years for an increase in air traffic, “as a result of this, the flight season has been extended by more than 30 days in both years, bringing more and more tourists to hotels, travel agencies, airports and elsewhere,” said Capelli. Similar measures will be implemented in 2020. From Asia, Korean Air offers a direct service between Zagreb and Seoul STAND L26 - BASEMENT 2 St Paul’s Church, Hauptwache and the financial district in the background ITB ASIA NEWS • Thursday 17 October 2019

EUROPE REGION 17 ADVERTORIAL Saxony highlights tourism assets at ITB Asia With its ideal location, halfway between Berlin and Prague, the Land of Saxony in Eastern Germany is well positioned to welcome Asian travellers, particularly the ones looking for an unusual cultural trip combined with the discovery of superb landscapes. Saxony might not be the best known German destination for Asian tourists but the State is a true gem. For travellers, the State is easy to reach, half way by train or car from Prague and Berlin with their international airports. In Europe, Saxony with its cultural capital Dresden and Leipzig, the city of music, is Germany’s No. 1 destination for cultureminded tourists. Saxony Tourism (TMGS) is promoting the destination under the slogan “Saxony. State of the Arts”. The State Tourism Board positions the region as a top cultural destination, focusing on arts, culture and city breaks, castles and palaces, traditions and crafts like Christmas as well as family, wellness and active holidays. Saxony Tourism emphasizes particularly the state capital Dresden with its baroque architecture, its world-famous museums, its palaces and its spectacular opera house; Meissen, one of Europe’s oldest centres for porcelain production; Goerlitz, one of the most beautiful renaissance cities in Germany which often appears in movies; Leipzig, an important centre for trade, art, music, sciences and fairs of Germany. All around Saxony, castles, palaces and gardens are part of the great historic-cultural heritage of Eastern Germany. Saxony is also an increasingly important destination for the MICE sector with fair © Meissen grounds in Leipzig as well as fairs in Dresden and Chemnitz. Multiple congress and convention venues in hotels but also in attractions such as industrial heritage buildings or even the Leipzig Zoo make a choice difficult. Incentive trips are possible in classical and less classical sites. Saxony’s touristic landscape provides the perfect background for unique incentive offers ranging from culinary delights at vineyards to flamboyant castle events, activities in the diverse nature such as hiking in the rocky Saxon Switzerland. At Porsche Leipzig, delegates will not only see a production facility but enjoy also a conference centre for up to 680 guests at the Customer Centre, guided tours around the production sites and experience exciting driving events on the tarmac. Saxony Tourism (TMGS) is the State Tourist Board and Destination Management Company for the Land and is dedicated to helping professionals of the tourism industry. TMGS is providing full service to tour operators, MICE agencies and press with general information tourist attractions and topics of Saxony, convention and incentive opportunities, itinerari STAND M27 - BASEMENT 2 The porcelaine museum in Meissen SEMPEROPER, A JEWEL IN DRESDEN’S CROWN Dresden and its majestic old town are home to a cultural heritage of international renown. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors are captivated by the precious paintings, prestigious orchestras and musical ensembles as well as impressive historical buildings. One of the most famous venues in the world is also located in the city crossed by the Elbe – Dresden’s Semper Opera House – or Semperoper. The magnificent building dominates the Theaterplatz beside the river Elbe, forming the centrepiece of the historic old city. The original building, which opened its doors in 1841, was designed by Gottfried Semper, combining a late Classical style with Renaissance elements. The Semper Opera House is regarded as one of the most beautiful theatres in the world, famous for its outstanding acoustics and an international reputation for artistic excellence carried both by the house ensemble and by numerous international guests. The world-famous Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden is an orchestra which looks back on 460 years of uninterrupted music making, under the direction of its chief conductor Christian Thielemann. This, along with a powerful ensemble of singers, an outstanding state opera choir, the Semperoper Ballet, turn performances at the Semperoper into impressive artistic experiences STAND M27 - BASEMENT 2 The Semper Opera House at dusk ITB ASIA NEWS • Thursday 17 October 2019