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Hall 17 Stand 109 Hall 9 Stand 314 Exhibition Director of ITB BerlinITB Berlin is this sector’s biggest annual family reunion. We are all motivated by a desire for personal encounters, for authenticity and honesty.” Read page 4 Hall 4.1 Stand 105b Executive Vice President, Ottila International “It is possible to meet the senior decision makers at ITB Berlin and that makes the value come through.” Read page 13 Scientific Director of the ITB Berlin Convention, University of Applied Sciences Worms “The role of the convention is to highlight the trends that will shape the future of our industry. ” Read page 15 In this issue, we spotlight the first edition of ITB China several regions: Europe, in just a couple of months’ Oceania and the Islands of time. You can read all about Tahiti. Europe has a very this, and find the latest special bearing, as it has news on numerous internal been announced that Europe destinations in our special – via the ETC and ETOA – feature – from page 29. will be the key partner of Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Institutional Relations, French Polynesia “Our wish is to preserve our natural heritage and make sure we provide an exclusive tourist experience.” Read page 42 Berlin looks forward to welcoming you for the 51 st edition of ITB Berlin – now just around the corner! With exhibitors from 187 countries over 160,000 square metres of floor space, and over €7bn in turnover, this event truly stands out as the world’s leading travel trade show. But the impact of the show through its promotion of industry intelligence and thought leadership is immeasurable. The key themes addressed at the ITB Berlin Convention reflect the disquiet and concerns of the industry at large, and in particular the questions of security and the influence of media coverage of certain tragic events upon a destination’s tourism livelihood. A number of other themes are addressed, including the impact of new technologies, but in this, the UN year of sustainable tourism, CSR and sustainability will be very major themes. So what could be more fitting than Slovenia’s partnership with the convention? Why? Because it is the first official “green” destination. Discover how and why in our exclusive interview with Zdravko Počivalšek, Slovenia’s Minister of Economic Development and Technology – page 26. Zdravko Počivalšek Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Republic of Slovenia Small Chris Hill, Ireland Vanuatu NEWS 3 NEWS TRADE TALK ITB BERLIN CONVENTION SPECIAL DOSSIER: ISLANDS OF TAHITI David Ruetz Rajesh Nambiar Prof. Dr. Roland Nicole Bouteau Conrady Knowledge is Power ITB Berlin 2017 addresses burning industry issues DESTINATION SPOTLIGHTS EUROPE, OCEANIA, ISLANDS OF TAHITI WEDNESDAY 1 st MARCH 2017 PREVIEW EDITION CONTENTS PREVIEW EDITION Thursday 2 nd March 2017 News.............................................. page 4 Trade 11 ITB Berlin Convention................. page 15 Exclusive 24 SPECIAL FEATURES Youth Travel................................ page 27 Carrers......................................... page 28 REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT Europe ......................................... page 29 Oceania ....................................... page 37 SPECIAL DOSSIER ISLANDS OF 42 SPOTLIGHT ON GERMAN REGION: 54 Where to Go in Berlin................. page 57 Richard Barnes Editor-in-Chief, ITB Berlin News Opening The Gates Next week, the gates open for the 51 st edition of ITB Berlin – the world’s leading travel trade show – amid times of uncertainty and instability. It’s at this time, perhaps more than ever, that the true value of such an event is underlined. The value on a global scale of the discussions, sharing and thought leadership at ITB Berlin is beyond calculation. The recent words of Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organisation, on the importance of travel in fostering peace EDITORIAL and understanding echo very clearly as the “big event” looms on the horizon: “The concept of open borders needs to be continued. People will defy. This is the right side of history; we build a better world when we travel. We are not accepting hating each other and building walls.” Travel and tourism foster friendship, cultural acceptance and understanding, quite simply “bringing people together”. We take off our hats to all those who make this an ever-greater reality – no matter which way the wind blows. ITB BERLIN NEWS is a CLEVERDIS Publication. 65 av. 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