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March 10 Messe Berlin: Responsible Tourism Networking Event
Hall 4.1, 18:00 CET onwards
ITB is the world’s largest specialist convention for the industry. More details are available at
. In 2015, a total of 10,096 companies and organisations from 186 countries exhibited products and services to more than 100,000 trade visitors from all over the world. Online not so much is happening, but keep an eye for the popup hangouts and periscope sessions.
March 11 Messe Berlin: Responsible Tourism Networking Event
Annual Responsible Tourism Networking by The Blue Yonder & ITB Berlin. In partnership with Compassionate Kozhikode, Ethical Travel Portal, Fair Travel, Social Tours Nepal, TourReview & Trip Advisor. Opportunity to meet peers , entrepreneurs and innovators in responsible tourism space. You are welcome to pitch 2 minutes about an inspiring work you are doing and listen to many. Rest is all about the power of networking! Details to follow. Media Partners: Kunzum, TravIndy & Vision Travelmole Hall 4.1 small stage
Social Media Online Course
Learn more and sign up:
's free online course on Social Media in Tourism!
No previous knowledge is required for the course, which covers fundamental information about the Internet and social media, giving participants an overview of the different platforms available and important tips about proper social media conduct. The eight modules also address topics such as storytelling, social commerce and potential legal obstacles through lecture videos, informative study documents and inspiring best practice examples.
MODUL 3 - SOCIAL MEDIA IN PRACTICE (1)
3.5: Consumer Communities
3.6: Video Sharing & Live Streaming
3.7: Photo Sharing
3.8: LBS & Social Gaming
The basic information about Social Media that have been elaborated in the previous module will be illustrated in real life examples. Knowledge communities to share information such as blogs, Wiki’s, forums and communities became essential in the world of Social Media. However not only the different communities such as Twitter will be presented in this module, but also the best way to utilize and connect them with each other to derive a benefit from them. Moreover consumer communities such as airbnb and Couchsurfing, as well as possibilities of content sharing and entertainment, e.g. social gaming, Pinterest and video sharing are additional opportunities to create a conglomerate social media community.
Other ITB Events
Presentations From Responsible Tourism Events At ITB Asia 2015
How is the
different than the
5 March 2014 :Responsible Tourism Clinic
Venue: Hall 4.1 / 10.30-11:30 :"How far have we come? An overview of Responsible Tourism in South Africa." - Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold, Chief Destineer -
6 March 2014: Responsible Tourism Clinic
Venue: Hall 4.1 / 16:00 - 17:00: " Travellers' Perspective on Responsible Tourism. What can industry learn from demands? - Katja Marjan Business & Travel writer,
7 March 2014: Responsible Tourism Clinic
Venue: Hall 4.1 / 15:00 - 16:00 : Use of Online media to reach out to RT consumers: Michael Turtle & Ethan Gelber of Eco Adventure Media.
Friday, from 18:00 to 21:00 (CET)
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How is the event evaluated by participants, locals?
One of many highlights: Tired of academic definitions of Responsible Travel, Zainab Kakal designed a A-Z lexicon of Responsible Travel in a fun and interactive way. From 'Authentic' to 'Zest', she explains how each word helps in creating innovative travel experiences. Following up on her research with travellers from Western Europe to developing countries like India, Mariska van Gaalen presents perspective of travellers on how they respond to some of the themes introduced in the A-Z series.
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Events of interest include ...
Studiosus Debate: Holiday Encounters With Local People - What Does The Tourist Want, What Do The Locals Expect?
, Travel Blogger
, General Manager, The Blue Yonder, India
, Managing Director, Studiosus
Dr. Dietlind von Laßberg
, Deputy Chairwoman, Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V. (Institute for Tourism and Development)
Zainab Kakal - Partner at TBYA, India
Mariska van Gaalen - Strategic Consultant to The Blue Yonder, Germany
Tired of academic definitions of Responsible Travel, Zainab Kakal designed a series of A-Z of Responsible Travel in a fun and interactive way. From 'Authentic' to 'Zest', she explains how each word helps in creating innovative travel experiences.
Following up on her research with travellers from Western Europe to developing countries like India, Mariska van Gaalen presents perspective of travellers on how they respond to some of the themes introduced in the A-Z series.
You can see an overview of the A-Z here:
ITB Berlin CSR Policy -
Since I did not attend ITB in Berlin and since the sessions from the event were not livestreamed, it's difficult to know what to think of such meetings. That we should once again recognize that travelers do not recognize the multitude of certification schemes makes it clear that the wheel can be re-invented a million times over. I would give both ITB and the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria a failing grade. We can do much better.
What I would propose is a rating scheme for the rating schemes -- which ones are the most transparent, which involve involve locals, which help the small and medium-sized businesses (the majority of tourism enterprises and those rarely present at large trade events) and which deliver useful info to the visitor. Also, I would propose an award for best documentation of responsible tourism and sustainable development initiatives from regional and country tourism portals. Many countries have great examples of locally owned tourism businesses applying environmental and cultural conservation measures, but you'll never learn about them from the official tourism portals. As to events, I say we (bloggers, tourism professionals, speakers, participants) demand free wifi and livestreaming at events. Otherwise we are having closed door discussions instead of engaging events.
ITB Berlin is the first trade show to have signed the
Tourism Child-Protection Code
and stands up for children’s rights and speaks out against any sexual exploitation of children.
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