ITB Berlin 2013 Enjoys Record Numbers; 2014 to Take Place 5-9 March

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 12 March 2013

ITB Berlin 2013 reinforced its position as the worlds largest meeting place of international tourism policy decision-makers and business leaders.

The German chancellor Angela Merkel, the Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, representatives of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), as well as more than 100 ministers of tourism and state secretaries, met in Berlin to help shape the future for growth in the tourism industry.

Dr. Christian Gke, COO Messe Berlin, said, Once again, ITB Berlin has kicked off the travel season around the globe. No other place in the world gathers so many leading representatives from the private and public sector. This is where the tone is set for the future of travel for a billion people. The increase in international buyers is proof that ITB Berlin continues to be the most important marketplace for the global travel industry.

From 6 to 10 March 2013, 10,086 exhibitors from 188 countries presented their products and services in display halls that were fully booked up. Overall, some 110,000 trade visitors came to Berlin, of whom 43% were from abroad. This year there was a slight increase in buyers from the USA and the Middle East.

The ITB Berlin Convention registered record levels of attendance. A total of 21,000 took part in the 200 lectures, discussions and workshops, 25% more than in 2012. Social Media and Mobile Travel Services proved to be major visitor attractions.

Visitors thronged the halls on the Saturday of the show. More than 60,000 members of the general public came to find out about the wide-ranging information on offer from exhibitors and providers of niche market products. For the first time, visitors at the weekend were able to book their tours directly at ITB Berlin. A poll among visitors revealed that one in three intended to book a trip.

ITB 2013 Partner Country Indonesia

The participation of Indonesia, this years partner country, at ITB Berlin 2013 featured more than 300 dancers, musicians and performing artists from Kalimantan, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Papua, Jakarta and Java.

Besides showcasing its natural wonders, the worlds largest archipelago shined the spotlight on seven other aspects of the country: culture and traditions, nature and eco-tourism, leisure sports, cruises, gastronomy and shopping, spas, wellness and MICE events.

International trade visitors and the general public were able to sample the countrys culinary delights and enjoy its age-old tradition of spas on the stand of Indonesia at the show.

Esthy Reko Astuty, Director General of Marketing, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, said, We are extremely satisfied with the way ITB Berlin 2013 went and are very proud to have been the shows partner country. We had excellent opportunities here to showcase the diversity of our country: the various cultures, the beauty of our natural landscapes and the special people who live there. The joint appearance of the German chancellor Angela Merkel and our president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, at the opening ceremonies was renewed confirmation of the good relations that exist between Germany and Indonesia. We felt very welcome and honoured by the visits of many official representatives on our stand as well as by the enormous interest shown by the international press. We came to Berlin with close to 50% more exhibitors than in 2012 and can say that we are very satisfied.

Media Attention and Political Interest at ITB Asia 2013

Around 6,000 accredited journalists from 80 countries and some 250 bloggers reported on events at ITB Berlin. 350 politicians and diplomats from Germany and abroad were also present at the show.

The president of the Republic of Indonesia and the chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany opened the worlds largest travel trade fair.

In addition to 98 foreign delegations, HRH Princess Ubolratana Mahidol of Thailand attended the show.

77 ambassadors from all over the world, 47 foreign ministers and numerous foreign state secretaries were also gathered.

Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel, State Minister for Economics, the Infrastructure, Transport and Technology Martin Zeil, as well as Berlins Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit, came to find out what the travel industry had to offer.

Mrcio Favilla, Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships, UNWTO: I felt very inspired by the wonderful opening ceremonies and the German chancellor Angela Merkel. It was an important moment when Germanys head of government made the connection between tourism and creating jobs and growth. Against this backdrop, UNWTO is happy to be involved in this partnership between Indonesia and Germany. We hope to build on our long-standing and positive relationship with Germany. In my view it was the best opening event I have ever seen at ITB Berlin. All the guests were able to experience a small part of the enormous progress that has been made, witness the cultural wealth of Indonesia, and sense how close relations are.

The next ITB Berlin will take place from Wednesday 5 March to Sunday 9 March 2014.

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