THURSDAY 7 th MARCH 2013 DAY2 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW regioNAl spotlight: EUROPE Special Feature: luxury TRAVEL TRADE NEWS Dr K Chiranjeevi Tourism Minister, India “(…) our Prime Minister and other Ministers said, ‘You should not miss ITB Berlin. It is very important.” Read page 19 Manuel Butler General Director of the Tourism Institute of Spain “We are now focusing on highlighting lesser known aspects of Spain” Read page 23 Allen Law Chief Executive Officer of the Park Hotel Group “Our ambition is to become a worldrenowned hospitality brand” Read page 33 Nigel Horne SVP for Global Sales & Marketing at GTA “GTA’s success comes from the health of our travel-selling clients” Read page 43 Hall 9 Stand 202 Hall 2.1 Stand 225 Hall 9 Stand 123 Inspiring Tourism Professionals ITB Berlin 2013 – the market dynamo for the global travel industry At ITB Berlin 2013, not only TOs unveil their strategies. But they also come to find growth and niche markets, seek information on exploring new markets and ideas for innovative sales stratagems. One good example lies in travel technologies, as underlined by Messe Berlin COO, Dr Christian Göke at the opening press conference: “ITB Berlin features the largest range of travel technology products anywhere in the world”. This movement of giving information at the same time as collecting information and fostering thought leadership is perfectly highlighted in our interview with Chrisitan Clemens, TUI’s CEO – Germany - member of the group management board of TUI Travel, whose policies can be outlined in three points – customised products and services for unique holiday experiences, greater customer loyalties by using modern technologies and outstanding value for money. (See interview – page 17) Christian Clemens CEO TUI Germany Destination Spotlight: EUROPE Isola conigli, Lampedusa, Italy Europe is diverse when it comes to tourism with more mature destinations searching ways to reinvent themselves, and less traditional destinations, who are developing their business models in such a way as to compete with the “big boys”. While tomorrow we feature Middle East and Africa and on Saturday, we spotlight the Americas, in this edition, we give a close-up on “all things Europe” in our daily spotlight. Section begins page 20.