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NEWS 5 EDITORIAL Richard

NEWS 5 EDITORIAL Richard Barnes Editor-in-Chief, ITB Berlin News CONTENTS DAY 2 EDITION Thursday 10 th March 2016 News.............................................. page 7 Trade Talk.....................................page 11 ITB Berlin Convention................. page 13 Exclusive Interview......................page 14 SPECIAL FEATURES Golf Tourism................................ page 17 Luxury.......................................... page 19 Cruises......................................... page 25 Shopping Tourism....................... page 27 Nature Tourism & National Parks......................... page 29 REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT Asia ............................................. page 33 WHERE TO GO IN BERLIN..... page 45 ITB BERLIN NEWS is a CLEVERDIS Publication. 65 av. 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During ITB Berlin: Press Center – Hall 6.3 – Room 403 • Tel: +49 (0)30 3038 81 209 • 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 • Editorial Coordination: Gabriele Dyburyte • Editorial team: Stuart Braun, Luc Citrinot, Neil Cole, Bob Snyder • Marketing Manager: Monia Tazamoucht • Art Director: Hélène Beunat • Design & Page Setting: Guillaume Kaercher, Guillaume Vinrich • With the participation of: Marie-Elia Cheravola, Lucie Lavina, Mélanie Lopez, Lixiang Wei >To contact them : first name.last name@itb-berlin-news.com We Have A Dream… Of a Worldwide Schengen Zone As countries such as Iran, Vietnam, Indonesia, and to some extent India, Myanmar and even South Africa, are “opening their arms” to the world’s travellers through simplified visa processes or even eradication of visas and simplified border controls, some nations in the western world are being tempted to “clam-up”, due to the refugee crisis and terrorism. Thankfully, the true leaders are lighting the way – such as Dr Michael Frenzel, President of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry and Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), who sees the refugee situation as an “opportunity to integrate these new citizens through training, linguistics and employment - also helping the social problems in the regions from where the migration is happening, improving the perception of those areas.” UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai also stated this week in Berlin that “The challenge of security is not to close borders and consequently close ourselves to others. We however need also to be concerned about the wellbeing of our tourism industry. Our industry can alleviate poverty to a large number of people by generating wealth. By restricting foreign visitors movements or access to countries, politicians must understand that they will generate more damage than benefits to their own citizens by jeopardizing their future.” In the same spirit, turning our backs on nations such as Tunisia or Egypt due to their internal security issues is akin to putting our heads in the sand. The recent staging of the UNWTO meeting on media and tourism in Tunis is proof of the solid support of Dr Rifai to this nation. As an invited speaker, I can say that the movement of support from all the media, ministers, DMOs and travel professionals present for these nations suffering at the hand of an evil few was palpable. We also take our hats off to the UNWTO for the organisation of the First World Conference on Tourism for Development in Beijing on 18-21 May 2016, under the theme ‘Tourism for Peace and Development’. Tourism is indeed a power for peace and development… And what transpires this week at ITB Berlin is ample proof of its strength. • Cover: © Wonderful Indonesia • Printing: Möller Druck und Verlag GmbH, Ahrensfelde OT Blumberg, Germany Registration of Copyright March 2016 Information presented in this publication is purely indicative in order to illustrate subjects contained therein. No guarantee can be given as to the accuracy of data or content at time of printing and thus the latter should not be used for professional or commercial ends. While all efforts have been 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 nature may be, that may result from the interpretation of this data or content, or any eventual errors therein. 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