Tuesday, April 16, 2024

ITB Berlin: Inspiration for a sustainable tourism industry

ITB Berlin, the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show, actively campaigns for social equality and ecological responsibility in tourism. From March 5 to 7, ITB Berlin provides a comprehensive platform and inspiration for promoting a dialogue between actors in the tourism value chain on a more diverse and inclusive industry.

The Responsible Tourism segment in Hall 4.1 has established itself as an international forum for sustainable tourism. In addition to exhibitors such as Atmosfair and My Climate, the international Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), Forum Anders Reisen and Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung, along with co-exhibitors including Futouris and Fernweh fair Travel are also taking part. The ITB Sustainability Lounge powered by Mascontour is a new feature at the event, where the community can meet to discuss new sustainability trends, concepts and solutions.

Trendsetting events on the ITB Lighthouse Stage and at the ITB Berlin Convention

A wide range of events offering inspiration for a more sustainable industry awaits visitors to the ITB Lighthouse Stage in Hall 4.1. On Tuesday, 5 March at 2 p.m., ITB will host the 19th Green Business Forum for Tourism Professionals, where exhibitors in Hall 4.1 and distinguished international experts from every tourism market, business and science will discuss sustainable tourism standards.

The ITB Berlin Convention 2024 features science and tech expertise as well as input from policymakers and NGOs on how to promote social equality and ecologically responsible tourism. On Tuesday, 5 March, on the Green Stage (Hall 3.1), the Diversity & Inclusion Track will discuss how to make the travel industry more diverse and inclusive. At numerous sessions, high-profile speakers from industry heavyweights such as Hyatt, Microsoft and Forbes Travel Guide as well as NGOs such as Brot für die Welt will talk about challenges and success stories.

On Wednesday, 6 March at the Destination Track on the Blue Stage (Hall 7.1), leading experts will discuss innovative practices and strategies for helping destinations prepare for social and ecological challenges and tough geopolitical situations.

On Thursday, 7 March on the Orange Stage (Hall 7.1a) at the Responsible Tourism Track, experts will discuss how the industry can contribute globally to climate action, greater sustainability and social equality. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is also taking part. Speakers include Amanda Ho (co-founder and CEO, Regenerative Travel), Dr Bruno Oberle (president, World Resources Forum Association and former director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)), Aurélie Sandler (co-CEO, Evaneos), and Graeme Jackson (head of Strategic Partnerships, The Travel Foundation).

Presentation of the TO DO and Green Destinations Awards at ITB Berlin 2024

On Wednesday, 6 March at 6 p.m. on the eTravel Stage (Hall 6.1), Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung will present the coveted TO DO Award to projects campaigning for sustainable and responsible tourism. The presentation will also take place for the fourth time of the TO DO Human Rights in Tourism Award, which honors initiatives with a focus on supporting human rights along the entire tourism value chain.

Ever since 2014 at ITB Berlin, the Green Destination Group has honored the most inspiring stories for sustainable tourism development with the Green Destinations Story Awards. On Wednesday, 6 March at 6 p.m. on the Blue Stage (Hall 7.1b), the tenth edition will present the most inspiring initiatives submitted in six categories for the annual Green Destinations Top 100 Stories. Three finalists will be chosen in each category. Two special awards will also be presented at the event: the ITB Earth Award honors the initiative of a destination that has become a trailblazer for climate action and sustainable tourism. The People’s Choice Award honors the destination with the most votes from the audience.

Supporting social equality together: ITB events on Wednesday and Thursday on the Hybrid Stage in Hall 5.3

On Wednesday, 6 March on the Hybrid Stage (Hall 5.3), the Social Entrepreneurship in Tourism competition, co-founded by ITB Berlin, will devote itself to socially responsible enterprises driving positive trends in tourism.

This will be followed in the afternoon by the presentation on the Hybrid Stage of the Celebrating Her Award, which is taking place for the seventh time. The award, a collaboration between ITB Berlin and the International Institute for Peace in Tourism (IIPT), honors women for their outstanding achievements in tourism. Directly afterwards, the Gender Equality Champion of the Year will honor tourism organizations for their outstanding achievements in supporting gender equality. The award is presented by the non-profit organization Equality in Tourism, in partnership with ITB Berlin and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

On 7 March, marking International Women’s Day the next day, the program features other events on gender equality. At the ITB Berlin Convention at the Future Work Track on the Green Stage (Hall 3.1), at the session entitled Gender Equality: how can we shape a gender-equal work environment?, among other topics experts will talk about how to adapt women’s career prospects in the tourism industry.

The events and award presentations on the Hybrid Stage can be followed via a livestream at ITBxplore.

ITB Berlin supports the Deutscher Klimafonds Tourismus (DKT)

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