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Key topics and speaker highlights of ITB Berlin Convention 2019

We strive to showcase speakers, topics and trends that affect every aspect of the tourism industry. Find here the new key topics in autumn.

Top speakers 2019

Thomas Bareiß

M.P., Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Federal Government Commissioner for Tourism

ITB Tourism for Sustainable Development Day: German Outbound Travel Has Impact! What Responsibilities Is The German Government Bearing?

Nicole Brandes

Nicole Brandes, Intl. Management Coach, Author and Partner, Zukunftsinstitut

ITB MICE FORUM: Keynote: Digitalism & Humanity: How Digital Transformation Is Making The Human Element More And More Important

Puneet Chhatwal

Managing Director & CEO, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Indian Hotels Company Ltd.

ITB Marketing & Distribution Day: Keynote Panel: Hospitality CEO Panel

Christoph Debus

Chief Airlines Officer, Thomas Cook Group plc.

ITB Future Day: Brexit: Great Britain Tourism At A Crossroads

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c Clemens Fuest

President, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

ITB Future Day: World Economic Outlook 2019 And Beyond

Thomas Gmelch

Head of Travel & Mobility, Amazon Pay

eTravel Lab Day 1: Rethinking Convenience For The Connected Traveller

Adam Goldstein

Vice Chairman, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. & Global Chair, CLIA

ITB Destination Day 2: ITB Executive Interview: Trends And Challenges In The Global Cruise Industry

Greg W. Greeley

President of Homes, Airbnb

ITB Marketing & Distribution Day: ITB CEO Interview

Dr. Monika Griefahn

Senior Advisor Sustainability, Costa Group, Founding Member Greenpeace, Minister (ret.)

ITB CSR Day: A Tidal Wave Of Plastic - Ocean Pollution And The UN Sustainable Development Goals

Sören Hartmann

CEO, DER Touristik Group, Member of the Executive Board, REWE Group

ITB Young Professionals Day: Keynote Interview: Career Paths In Tourism: What's The Key To Success In An Upheaval Economy?

Stephen Kaufer

Co-Founder, President & CEO, TripAdvisor

ITB Future Day: CEO Keynote Interview

Charlotte Lamp Davies

Principal Consultant, A Bright Approach

TTA Forum: Moderation and Introduction TTA Forum

Guido Mamczur

Brand Strategist, Visiting Professor and Author, Managing Director, D’art Design Gruppe GmbH

ITB MICE FORUM: Protect Me From What I Want: The Digital Diet

Jim Qian

Chairman, Executive Director & CEO, Fosun Tourism Group

ITB Future Day: Keynote Executive Panel: China´s Power and Global Ambitions

Lynn Qu

Chief Product Officer, - A Ctrip Company

ITB Future Day: Keynote Executive Panel: China´s Power and Global Ambitions

Eliza Jean Reid

First Lady of Iceland, United Nations Special Ambassador for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals

ITB Destination Day 1: Trend Destinations In The Luxury Market

Hon. Maria Amalia Revelo Raventós

Minister of Tourism, Costa Rica

ITB CSR Day: Tourism And The 1.5 Degree Target: How Long Can We Keep Traveling As We Do Today?

Pierre Frédéric Roulot

CEO, Louvre Hotels Group, CEO Jin Jiang Europe

ITB Marketing & Distribution Day: Keynote Panel: Hospitality CEO Panel

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

Director Emeritus, The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

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

Ilija Trojanow

Writer & Bestselling-Author

ITB Destination Day 2: Keynote: How To Travel. A User’s Guide

Christoph Weigler

General Manager Germany, Uber

ITB Destination Day 1: Future Ground Mobility Panel

Angel Zhao

President, Alibaba Travel (Fliggy), Alibaba International

ITB Future Day: Keynote Executive Panel: China´s Power and Global Ambitions

Key topics

The ITB Berlin Convention 2019 focuses on four key topics:

The ITB Berlin Convention takes on topics that will impact the global travel and tourism industry and bring sustainable changes in the coming years. The ITB Convention analyzes market trends and highlights best practice examples. It acts as the global travel and tourism industry’s compass in dynamic, challenging times. The ITB Convention is also a platform for exchange for decision-makers in the areas of tourism economics, politics and science.

Today global tourism is at a crossroads: Continuing down the beaten path is highly questionable. The threatening collapse of the world’s climate, fragile transportation systems that are unsuitable for the future, intensifying overtourism conflicts and grave changes in customer demands present the global tourism industry with a variety of existential challenges.

Environmental Sustainability

Highlights ITB Berlin Convention 2019- Environmental Sustainability

The hot summer in the northern hemisphere and the rousing report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are unequivocal: “Business as usual” will lead to the abyss. Which measures are particularly effective for containing global warming and climate change, and how will they impact the global travel and tourism industry? The key question is: Considering the 1.5 degree target, will we still be able to travel in the future the way we have up to now? Leading global scientists explain the status quo, as well as potential measures, in keynote sessions. Tourism policy and economics experts discuss solutions and present best practice approaches for Environmental Sustainability.

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Future Mobility

Highlights ITB Berlin Convention 2019 - Future Mobility

Transportation systems are an essential component of the tourism industry. Today's transportation systems are not sustainable: resource consumption, noise and pollution, congestion and wasted time – the collapse of traffic in large cities all over the world seems inevitable. New technologies and digitalization are paving the way for revolutionary means of transport and new business models in both private and business segments. Prototypes in the testing phase reveal: The revolution of travel will soon become reality. Electric cars, autonomous electric minibuses, cable cars and sharing services will soon be suitable for the masses. And on the plus side, travel will become easier, cheaper, more luxurious and more sustainable. The ITB Convention will discuss Future Mobility in tourism destinations with the creators of innovative means of transport and tourism ministers.

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Highlights ITB Berlin Convention 2019 - Overtourism

More and more Overtourism conflicts have recently led to a number of pilot projects. The ITB Convention will take stock: What measures have proven successful and how can digital technologies be used to combat overtourism? Can the initial findings on overcrowded cities also be applied to rural destinations with tourist attractions?

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Change in Customer Demands

Highlights ITB Berlin Convention 2019 - Threefold Chance in Customer Demand

In addition, we are experiencing a Change in Customer Demands: luxury is understood quite differently today from how it was in the past. Destination managers, hotels and carriers have to meet high immaterial luxury demands – “bling bling” went out long ago. In several sessions, the ITB Berlin Convention will present current findings on luxury demands, forward-looking business models and "lessons learned" from luxury brand management.

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