Oman: One Thousand and One Nights – authentically oriental and future-proof

Submitted by J. Mikhail on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 00:59
According to Travelbook, anyone in search of One Thousand and One Nights should travel to Oman, whose neighbours include Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi and which has succeeded in balancing its traditional identity with modernity.“ Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said has carefully transformed the land of his fathers, which sits on the eastern edge of the Arabian peninsula. By ITB 2020, when the official partner country of the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show will be attracting the public’s attention, talk of German involvement and in particular that of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the region surrounding the Zugspitze will probably already have made the rounds.   

Showing one’s colours at the queer events of the year in Berlin

Submitted by J. Mikhail on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 00:57
Messe Berlin and ITB underlined their commitment to the LGBTQ+ community with a stand at the Lesbian and Gay City Festival and support for the annual Christopher Street Day (CSD )  Messe Berlin and ITB Berlin maintain a long-standing tradition in campaigning for the rights of queer communities worldwide. Messe Berlin regards itself as an ambassador for human rights and tolerance. Consequently, its commitment to the LGBT Travel segment reaches far beyond the actual show. Equal rights are always a priority topic, whether at panel discussions at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show ITB Berlin, or ’on tour’ at the world’s most important events. 

Cruise liners continue to reduce their carbon footprint

Submitted by J. Mikhail on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 00:54
The global cruise industry has pledged to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 per cent by the year 2030. “Cruises have become fundamentally important to the tourism industry. Since 1995 ship passenger numbers have multiplied almost tenfold – and are continuing to rise“, is how Norbert Fiebig, president of the German Travel Association (DRV), described the cruise industry’s huge growth at a press conference at ITB Berlin 2019.

Where the industry discusses tomorrow’s trends:

Submitted by J. Mikhail on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 00:37
The ITB Berlin Convention is the international tourism industry’s leading think tank – science head Prof. Dr. Roland Conrady gives his verdict three months after the event. Prof. Dr. Conrady – the ITB Berlin Convention has become the international tourism industry’s leading think tank. What do you think makes it so unique? First of all, our focus is on the forward-looking topics of the global tourism industry as well as on presenting our visitors each year with a whole range of outstanding speakers. Despite the broad range of topics concerning all areas of the tourism market we are able to dwell on them in great detail.

At this year’s VIR Online Innovation Days the digital industry focused its discussions on innovation and sustainability

Submitted by J. Mikhail on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 00:35

At this year’s VIR Online Innovation Days, which in 2019 were once again hosted by ITB at Messe Berlin’s Marshall Haus, the focus was on topics of pressing concern. On day one ’Innovation’ was the dominant theme. With the rapid growth of competitors both at home and abroad, particularly in Asia, digital tourism companies are coming under pressure to quickly adapt.

VIR Online Innovation Days focus on sustainability and innovation

Submitted by J. Mikhail on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 00:32
In partnership with ITB Berlin the leading event of the digital tourism industry will take place at the Marshall Haus on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds on 25/26 June Be it the Fridays for Future demonstrations or the most recent European election results – the signs in society clearly point towards sustainability. It is also one of two main themes at this year’s VIR Online Innovation Days held by Verband Internet Reisevertrieb e.V., to which the association is extending an invitation in late June at the Marshall Haus once again. The focus will also be on sustainability throughout 2019. It is an aspect which, against the backdrop of digitalistation, globalisation and growing competition from Asia – especially from China – is becoming increasingly important for established companies.

Plastic – the issue on everyone’s lips

Submitted by J. Mikhail on Tue, 02/18/2020 - 00:08
Marine pollution has increasingly become a focus of discussion in the tourism industry. ​​​​​​​ By now almost everyone should be aware of the negative effects of plastic waste on the environment and the oceans. Only recently, the international press reported a sad find: plastic at the deepest point on the planet in the Mariana trench. This alarming problem was the subject of numerous discussions at the ITB Berlin Convention. At the ITB CSR Day the founder of the organisation Travel Without Plastic pointed out how older hotel owners in particular are still conditioned to using plastic tableware and cutlery. The sustainability officer of the cruise operator Costa also explained the enormous impact that cigarette ends have on the amount of plastic waste. According to this expert, many people wrongly assume that cigarette filters are made of harmless paper or cotton.


Submitted by J. Mikhail on Mon, 02/17/2020 - 21:50

St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 10 September 2019 – The Spanish city of San Sebastian was awarded the 2019 World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) prize for Public Policy and Governance at a ceremony attended by leaders of the global tourism sector in St Petersburg, Russian Federation.


Submitted by J. Mikhail on Mon, 02/17/2020 - 21:32

Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, 10 September 2019 - Leaders from across Africa have met in Saint Petersburg ahead of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to discuss the key issues facing the continent as it looks to grow its tourism sector and harness it as a key driver of economic development and social transformation.


Submitted by J. Mikhail on Thu, 02/06/2020 - 17:10

An almost one hundred years history combines the Riva family to the wood world.Environmental protection and love for nature are the core values of the company, always guided from the desire to experience and produce with refined craftsmanship.
Over the years the Riva brothers’ skillful hands discover a deep love for the cedar of Lebanon.
Majestic trunks, fallen after natural events or chopped down for scheduled cuts,who give life to a furniture Collection made of extraordinary iconic pieces characterised by their amazing scent.