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ITB Berlin News 2020 #3

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EDITORIALRichard BarnesEditor-in-Chief,ITB Berlin NewsWhere is this all leading us?As we work on this third “special edition” ofITB Berlin News 2020, the global health andfinancial crisis is paying a particularly heavytoll on the tourism industry. But where is itleading us, and what will change as a result ofthe crisis?As they say “in any crisis lies opportunity”,so what will be the opportunities after thisone? One of the industry’s biggest bugbears– overtourism – is suddenly no longer aproblem. Distribution is another question, inwhich hotel operators and OTAs are findingthemselves at loggerheads about how thissituation should have been handled. Activityhas ground to a halt.In the months and years “post Covid-19”, ITB– in all its forms – will play a very major rolein pressing the “reset” button, and helpingthe industry trace a new roadmap, thanks tounprecedented thought leadership, bringingthe greatest minds of the industry togetherthrough the ITB Berlin Convention. Indeed,as we mentioned last week, this has alreadybeen the case in the absence of the physicalevent, thanks to the virtual event on ITB.com.In future, the role of the show will be moreimportant than ever in this sense.One thing is sure. When the crisis is over,people will want to get back out into the world.And ITB – the travel network – will be there tohelp ensure they do it in the right wayITB BERLIN NEWS is a CLEVERDIS Publication.65 av. Jules Cantini - Tour Méditerranée, 13006 Marseille, France• Tel: + 33 442 77 46 00• SARL capitalised at €155,750 • VAT FR 95413604471• RCS Marseille 413 604 471 • info@cleverdis.com • www.cleverdis.com• info@itb-berlin-news.com • www.itb-berlin-news.com• Publisher: Gérard Lefebvre• Managing Director: Jean-François Pieri• Publishing Director: Jean-Guy Bienfait• Project Manager: Bettina Badon• Editor-in-chief: Richard Barnes• Head of editorial team: John Falchetto• Editorial team: Daniel Bardsley, Luc Citrinot, Brendain O’Shea• Art Director: Hélène Beunat• Design & Page Setting: Guillaume Vinrich• Distribution Manager: Xiaojing Si• With the participation of: , Benjamin Klene, Jasdeep Singh,Veronika Verzhak>>> To contact them: first name.last name@itb-berlin-news.comCover: © Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia© CLEVERDIS 2020 - Registration of Copyright March 2020. Information presented inthis publication is purely indicative in order to illustrate subjects contained therein. Noguarantee can be given as to the accuracy of data or content at time of printing and thusthe latter should not be used for professional or commercial ends. While all efforts havebeen made as to accuracy and pertinence of content and data contained in this publication,CLEVERDIS may in no case be held responsible for the consequences, whatever their naturemay be, that may result from the interpretation of this data or content, or any eventualerrors therein. Any reproduction of the content of this publication, even partial, by anymeans whatsoever, is strictly prohibited without the prior autorisation of the publisher.Any copy, whether by photography, photography film, magnetic tape, disc or other meansconstitutes a forgery, liable to punishment under French law according to the legislationof 11 th March 1957 covering copyright. All brands cited in this publication are registeredtrade marks and/or belong to companies which are their respective proprietors. Thepublishers and editorial staff decline all responsibility as to opinions formulated in thispublication by those interviewed or cited therein. Their opinions are entirely their own, andare included with the understanding that they contain, to our knowledge, no maliciousintent. The inclusion of all texts, photographs and other documents supplied by thoseincluded in this publication imply the acceptance by their authors of their free publicationtherein. Documents and photographs will not be returned. It should be understood thatthis publication contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties andassumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements thatcould be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions includeassumptions relating to the timing of the recorded date. If any of these risks or uncertaintiesmaterialises or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, actual results could differmaterially from the expectations outlined in these statements. Cleverdis assumes noobligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements during theperiod of publication. Photo Credits and Copyright: All Rights Reserved.CONTENTS#05 NEWS#12 ITB BERLINCONVENTION#14 RESPONSIBLETOURISM#29 REGIONAL SPOTLIGHTASIA#38 GERMAN REGIONSBAVARIASPECIAL FEATURES#17 LUXURY ACCOMMODATION& TRAVEL#25 CITY BREAKSITB BERLIN NEWS • THURSDAY 19 TH MARCH 2020 • 3

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