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March 04, 2020

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Future

ITB Co-Creators Keynote: WE Are Shaping The Future!

March 04, 2020
11:00 - 11:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A4/A5

  • The future of society, economy and tourism. 
  • Which trends, technologies and developments do you need to know and know how to combine in order to be successful in the future?
  • Premiere highlight: The innovative, interactive Creators format. YOU are shaping the future with voting cards. 
  • Experience how the global tourism industry sees the future and wants to actively shape it. 
  • Vote with us and influence the future scenarios that are being demonstrated.

Destinations

Keynote Panel: Re-thinking Tourism Success: Managing Destinations For Sustainable Growth

March 04, 2020
11:00 - 11:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A1

  • Exclusively at ITB: the new OECD report "Tourism Trends and Policies 2020"
  • Costs and benefits of tourism for destinations. 
  • Implications of sustainable tourism growth. 
  • Valuable insights into international best practice examples. 
  • How to spread the benefits of tourism more efficiently, enhance connectivity, mainstream sustainable policies and practices, leverage technology as a tool for destination management, and better measure the territorial dimension of tourism.
  • On the panel: tour operators from key source markets, rural and urban tourism destinations in Europe and Asia.

Future

ITB Keynote Panel: The Future Of The Tourism Industry In Times Of Digital Disruption, Climate Emergency, And Thomas Cook & Co

March 04, 2020
12:00 - 12:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A4/A5

  • Disruptive technological developments, unmistakable climate crisis, bankruptcies like Thomas Cook, geopolitical trouble spots and threatening world recession, dramatic overtourism and much more. 
  • The global tourism industry in times of the perfect storm. 
  • What structural changes are to be expected in the European and global tourism industry? 
  • What will digital technologies achieve in the travel distribution of the future and how will artificial intelligence develop? 
  • How will people travel in the future and what role will sustainability play?

Destinations

Keynote Panel: Responsible Tourism Destinations: Roadmap To A “High Ambition Scenario”

March 04, 2020
12:00 - 12:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A1

-In Cooperation with UNWTO-

  • According to the UNWTO/ITF report on “Transport-related CO2 emissions of the tourism sector – Modelling Results”, under the current ambition scenario, a total of 1,998 million tonnes of transport-related CO2 will be attributable to tourism by 2030, representing an increase of 25% over 2016.
  • The discussion of this high-level panel will build on the commitment of the tourism sector to advance towards a climate high ambition scenario in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, as expressed during the COP25 official side-event “Transforming Tourism for Climate Action”.
  • Policy makers, destinations and industry leaders will explain their leading commitments to transform tourism and aim to support a “high ambition scenario” of climate action in tourism.

Destinations

Expedition Cruises: Tourism In Fragile Ecosystems

March 04, 2020
13:00 - 13:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A1

  • Expedition cruises: a fast and rapidly growing market segment. 
  • Uniqueness, authenticity and luxury on board of small high-tech ships at an ultra-exclusive level of comfort in remote regions of the world.
  • What are the operational and logistical challenges in remote regions of the world? 
  • How do shipping companies deal with the ecological challenges? 
  • How can expedition cruises be made environmentally friendly and how can luxury and sustainability be reconciled? 
  • Above all, will the announced armada of new ships lead to overtourism in the Arctic and Antarctic as well?

Destinations

Long Distance Destinations And Sustainability - A Contradiction In Terms? „Take The Train To San Jose?"

March 04, 2020
14:00 - 14:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A1

-In Cooperation with ARGE Latin America-

  • Long-haul flights: the opposite of sustainable?
  • But many tourism destinations can only be reached by long-haul flights. 
  • Is it still possible to travel to long-haul destinations with a clear conscience? 
  • How can the efforts of tourism companies, international conservation organisations and sustainable countries be promoted actively by responsible tourism? 
  • CO2 emissions trading and compensation as a solution?
  • Will the world´s best sustainable destinations soon be left behind by tourism? 

Sustainability

The art of engaging and sustaining authentic indigenous experiences : Indigenous Tourism and Sustainability

March 04, 2020
14:00 - 15:00 h

Palais am Funkturm, ITB Convention Awards

  • What are the challenges and solutions of indigenous tourism in a context of climate change?
  • How international certificates supports the connection between indigenous locals and international tourism with environmental protection?
  • Definition and reality of Indigenous Tourism on different continents
  • Can the travel industry support biodiversity protection, ecosystem regeneration on Earth thanks to indigenous wisdom?
  • Why Indigenous rights are connected to our planet´s protection?

A panel of indigenous experts in tourism will discuss the worldwide reality of indigenous tourism and explore sustainable systems empowering indigenous peoples and finding solutions in a context of climate and biodiversity crisis. The UNWTO Recommendations on Sustainable Development of Indigenous Tourism will serve as a guideline. 

Welcoming Cultural Performance:
Odissi – Indian classical dance by Swati Prasad

Business Travel

Business Travel 2020 - Destination: „Ecologically Effective“

March 04, 2020
15:05 - 15:45 h

Convention Hall 7.1a, Auditorium New York 1

  • VDR theme year sustainability
  • Best practice: sustainable mobility in companies
  • VDR´s sustainability initiative "Miles to Trees"  

Business Travel

Business Travel And Climate Impact - A Four-Point Program For Sustainable Business Travel

March 04, 2020
16:00 - 16:45 h

Convention Hall 7.1a, Auditorium New York 1

  • How sustainable are companies and suppliers? 
  • Measure, document, reduce: Less CO2 emissions from business trips 
  • What are the alternatives and how do the travellers get on board?
  • Integration of CO2 offsetting solutions and the role of the travel agency

Destinations

Crisis Management And Resiliency In The Shadow Of COVID-19

March 04, 2020
16:00 - 16:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A1

-in Cooperation with the Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council-

  • Overview of resilience and how it is incorporated in crisis management planning
  • The latest update on coronavirus, what is known and what is being done
  • Sustainability: how to identify risks and planning for them
  • How to use data to ensure sustainable resilience
  • Examples of sustainable resiliency highlighting key actions

Convention Awards

Sustainable Destination Awards and Tourism 2030

March 04, 2020
16:00 - 18:00 h

Palais am Funkturm, ITB Convention Awards

The Sustainable Destinations Awards is the world's leading award series for destination sustainability efforts. A Jury representing 12 international organisations will unveil the winners in the award categories Nature; Communities & Culture; Best of Africa, Best of the Americas, Best of Asia-Pacific and Best of Europe. The flagship award is the ITB Earth Award, recognising global leadership in combatting climate change and environmental degradation.

Prior to the ceremony, ECOTRANS and high-level representatives from UN-CBD, UNESCO, GSTC, WWF, SUNx will present the urgency to boost sustainable tourism as driver for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals until 2030. They will announce their collaboration under the “Travel Green Planet 2030” initiative with the flagship aim to mainstream credibly certified tourism in all destinations with protected areas and cultural heritage sites, using the commonly shared Green Travel Maps on the Tourism2030 platform for knowledge networking and annual reporting. Green Destinations, bookdifferent.com and FairVoyage.com will announce their cooperation to highlight certified travel offer to consumers; and the Good Travel Guide will be presented as tool for Top100 destinations to showcase and book sustainable travel options.

The event is organized and sponsored by ITB Berlin, Green Destinations, the Sustainable Top 100 Partnership, TravelMole, Travelife for Tour Operators and Ecotrans.

Destinations

ITB Ministers’ Roundtable: Sustainable Destination Best Practices

March 04, 2020
17:00 - 17:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A1

-In Cooperation with MC Group- 

  • Neglecting sustainability destroys the environment and culture, the local population revolts and tourists become discouraged.
  • Sustainability: the most important principle of destination planning.
  • Today: considerable differences in sustainability efforts.
  • Best practice countries explain their formulas for success.
  • Which policy measures can be used to achieve progress in sustainability and which measures are unsuccessful?
  • What economic successes do sustainability advances bring? What are the most difficult hurdles?

March 05, 2020

Business Travel

What's Next? What's Here To Stay? – Current Trends And Forecast For 2020

March 05, 2020
12:00 - 12:45 h

Convention Hall 7.1a, Auditorium New York 1

  • Current figures on business travel by DRV, VDR and IMT/FUR Reiseanalyse
  • Where are we headed? The hot topics in the business travel market of today and tomorrow 
  • How sustainable are German companies traveling? 
  • Business travel management between digitalization, security and data protection

Marketing

Global Luxury Customers And Sustainability: Exclusive Empirical Study By Travelzoo & ITB

March 05, 2020
15:00 - 15:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A4/A5

  • Latest results from the new global Travelzoo/ITB study
  • Customer attitudes on sustainability and climate protection
  • Importance of sustainability and climate protection in luxury travel
  • Customer readiness for limiting trips, price increases and changes in travel. 

Marketing

ITB Hospitality Executive Panel: Luxury And Sustainability: Contradiction Or Prerequisite?

March 05, 2020
16:00 - 16:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A4/A5

  • Strategies and trends in the global hotel business. 
  • The hotel product of the future and the role of the  mega trend sustainability.
  • What does the hotel guest of tomorrow expect? How can competitive advantages be achieved? 
  • Where is the luxury segment heading? 
  • Luxury and sustainability: contradictions or a mandatory prerequisite in tomorrow´s luxury hotel industry?  

March 06, 2020

CSR

Keynote: Climate Change, Global Warming, Weather Extremes: Status Quo And Constraints To Action

March 06, 2020
11:00 - 11:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A1

  • A hot summer and concerning climate reports: To continue on will lead into the abyss.
  • How can we still prevent the climate emergency?
  • Which measures to contain global warming and climate change are effective?
  • Which policy measures are unavoidable and to be expected?
  • To what extent is the global tourism industry affected?
  • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, the world´s leading climate researcher, explains the status quo and the need for action. 

CSR

The Hot Seat: Tourism Between Fridays for Future And Flight Shaming

March 06, 2020
12:00 - 12:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A1

  • In the Hot Seat: Fridays for Future and tourism providers
  • New: Fact check with climate experts
  • Goals and objectives of the Fridays for Future movement.
  • What should happen in tourism? 
  • Can we still travel as we are used to?
  • What do tourism providers like hotels, airlines and cruise lines do and is that enough? 
  • The positions of Fridays for Future and tourism providers: Are they irreconcilable or can compromises be found? 

CSR

Studiosus Talk: Sustainable Tourism And Climate Change: It Makes Sense To Travel! But Does It Really?

March 06, 2020
13:00 - 13:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Hall A1

  • Sustainability in the triangle of ecology, economy and social responsibility
  • Can we still continue to travel in the wake of climate change?
  • What would be the consequences of not traveling?
  • Is carbon offsetting the solution?
  • Which SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) can tourism contribute to?
  • What responsibilities do tour operators have?
  • Is greed really good when it comes to traveling? 

Deep Dive Sessions

ITB Market Research: Future of Travel 2040?

March 06, 2020
16:00 - 16:45 h

CityCube Berlin, Cube Club

  • As the climate emergency unfolds and the 2030 deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals passes, Euromonitor International asks what will the future of travel be in 2040?
  • Join us to fast forward to the future to consider the potential impact of drivers like geopolitics, demographics, technology, sustainability and consumer values on destinations and travel brands. 
  • Assessing the impact of megatrends also helps to take a long term view of potential disruptors to the status quo.  
  • What will consumers of 2040 look for in travel experiences? How will the path to purchase change and where should suppliers focus their efforts? How will lodging, transport, distribution and payments change in terms of customer experience and service delivery? 
  • Euromonitor International will pose these bold questions to help steer a path through the unknown by focusing on what is more certain.

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