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June 25, 2020

ITB Berlin and Berlin Travel Festival to hold an innovative, hybrid event in the heart of Berlin

• We Love Travel! – a tourism recovery pop-up event from 16 to 18 October 2020 at Arena Berlin
• A three-day in-person and virtual programme of events for trade visitors and the general public

Over the past few months the tourism industry has faced enormous challenges. Nevertheless, the desire to travel connects people everywhere across borders – even in what is often called the “new normal”. ITB Berlin and the Berlin Travel Festival are now joining forces and from 16 to 18 October at Arena Berlin are organising a unique platform in order to show the industry ways in which they can exit the crisis together. At this hybrid event entitled ‘We Love Travel - a tourism recovery pop-up’, the decades-long experience of ITB Berlin, the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show, will encounter the fresh, dynamic spirit of the festival.

“During the coronavirus crisis the thing that struck us most was that nothing can replace the magic of personal contact – a smile, a handshake, proximity to one another. Tourism is and always will be a “people's business”, said Julia Sonnemann, the PR manager of ITB Berlin. “What we now need more than ever is a physical platform to revitalise the industry, make new contacts and re-establish relations.”

Thus the three-day event will gather all the players – tourism professionals, hoteliers, restaurateurs, travellers and content creators, along with journalists, Instagrammers and bloggers. Together they can look back and give an initial assessment of events, while also looking forward and gaining inspiration for new ideas. We Love Travel! for the first time will also provide a platform for an open and constructive discussion on what travel may look like after this unprecedented break.

“Right now, how travel will change exactly is something we can only guess at”, commented Bernd Neff, the co-founder and managing director of the Berlin Travel Festival. “That makes it all the more important to take an early look at the various scenarios in terms of priorities, safety needs, sustainability and other considerations and work on innovative strategies together.”

That is also why the pop-up event offers a unique combination of in-person and virtual formats. The agenda features exhibition areas, networking formats, presentations and discussion panels. On Friday, 16 October the focus of ITB Berlin will be on its own programme formats aimed at trade visitors, while on 17 and 18 October the Berlin Travel Festival’s programme will be devoted mainly to the interests of consumers and travellers. The event’s hybrid concept will enable visitors to attend in person as well as experience fascinating content in a virtual space. Accordingly, exhibitors can opt for presenting themselves in person and via virtual formats.

The safety and health of everyone involved has the utmost priority. “We are in close contact with the authorities, are closely monitoring developments and are working on a comprehensive concept for hygiene rules and safety measures”, said Dr. Martin Buck, senior vice president, Travel & Logistics at Messe Berlin GmbH. ”We will provide information on our specific measures on our website in the near future.”

Dates
16 -18 October 2020

Venue
ARENA BERLIN
Eichenstraße 4
12435 Berlin
www.welovetravel.berlin

Exhibitor registration
1 July until 31 August 2020

Sales contact
sales@berlintravelfestival.com
+49 30 629 01 577

We Love Travel!– a tourism recovery pop-up event

The We Love Travel Event presented by ITB Berlin and Berlin Travel Festival supports the recovery of the tourism industry and offers all the players involved – buyers, hoteliers, travel bloggers, cultural institutions, destinations, publishers and travellers alike – a platform for meeting face to face. From 16 to 18 October 2020 the Tourism Recovery Pop-up will combine in-person and virtual formats. The concept of this unique event at Arena Berlin features exhibition areas, numerous networking formats, presentations and discussion panels, as well as online formats that appeal both to trade visitors and the travelling public. For more information: www.welovetravel.berlin

About the Berlin Travel Festival

The Berlin Travel Festival is a globally unique format with a focus on new visions for travel. The three-day event in March 2021 presents what travel means in today’s world – from how travel arrangements are made to how people capture and share their experiences. As an event targeting a new generation of travellers the Berlin Travel Festival is committed to innovative, sustainable concepts and a better future together. Ecological and social responsibility is a core element of the festival’s philosophy. The festival embraces a new awareness in the travel and tourism sector and regards it as its task to promote a dialogue and discussions with experts, brands and travellers. For more information: www.berlintravelfestival.com

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention

ITB Berlin 2021 will be taking place from Wednesday, 10 to Sunday, 14 March, and from Wednesday to Friday will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2019 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 181 countries exhibited their products and services to around 160,000 visitors, including 113.500 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 10 to Saturday, 13 March 2021. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. For more information please visit www.itb-berlin.com, www.itb-convention.com and the ITB Social Media Newsroom.

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