The ITB Berlin CareerCenter is the ideal springboard for career starters and experienced professionals to find the new job of their dreams in the tourism industry. From 6 to 10 March 2013 the Berlin Exhibition Grounds will once again be the meeting place of the international travel industry. Anyone interested in a tourism industry career can find out about the latest job vacancies and meet representatives of leading hotel chains, cruise companies and tour operators in Hall 5.1. At the ITB Job Exchange visitors can meet with personnel managers and apply for the job of their dreams on the spot. The ITB Young Professional Day offers newcomers to the job market and academically qualified young employees in the travel industry ideas and information for shaping their future.
David Ruetz, Head of ITB Berlin: “Due to its global dimension the travel industry is a popular choice for a career. In Germany this sector is a mainstay of the economy and one of the country’s biggest employers. With Germany now attracting more and more domestic and foreign travellers the travel industry offers a wide range of career opportunities for newcomers and experienced employees alike.“
Meeting potential future employers
In Hall 5.1 visitors can find out about job and training opportunities from around 50 exhibitors from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Russia and the USA. This year, for the first time, Hochschule Rhein Waal and the Institute Paul Bocuse from France will be represented at ITB Berlin. Numerous national and international universities, technical colleges, job academies and other service providers will also be represented at the show. Experts will be assisting visitors with individual advice and offering valuable insights into the diverse world of tourism. Numerous panel discussions and lectures on the stage in Hall 5.1 will have information for visitors on using social media in destination marketing, e-learning, innovative training course formats, different career paths in the hotel trade and what employers expect from career beginners. Potential employers such as Kempinski Hotels, Marriott International and TUI will have information on embarking on a career and the job prospects in their respective companies.
At the ITB Young Professional Day on 6 March 2013, on the stage in Hall 5.1, questions will be asked about Bologna-ranked university courses in tourism. A new career field will also be introduced, that of the Business Travel and Mobility Management Specialist. The results of a survey of universities and graduates on the subject of courses and successful training for travel industry careers will also be presented at the ITB Young Professional Day. Visitors can find out more on the programme of stage events and all other events taking place in Hall 5.1 online at www.itb-berlin.de/karriere.
Job offers, networking and getting job applications checked
Visitors can also find numerous tourism industry job offers at the ITB Exchange powered by YOURCAREERGROUP. Newcomers and those already working in the hotel trade, restaurants, catering and tourism can find information on the job vacancy board at the main meeting place in Hall 5.1 or meet directly with personnel managers. Companies represented at the ITB Exchange include Booking.com, Club Med, the tourism division of REWE Group, Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, ROBINSON CLUB, solamento, TUI and vtours. Personnel managers, directors and managing directors will be taking questions from potential job applicants and supplying information about the latest job vacancies and career opportunities in their respective companies. Applicants can also find out more online. By working from one of the four available internet terminals they can search for the job of their dreams from 11,000 vacancies posted by the network of YOURCAREERGROUP. The Career Center is the right place for those who want their job application thoroughly checked. Experts will examine the documents on the spot and offer tips on what changes to make. Registration is at Stand 219 in Hall 5.1.
Good job prospects at sea
For anyone interested in a career at sea the organisation to contact is the MeerArbeit project, which has been operating throughout Germany and organising jobs with cruise companies since 2005. Employment officers, personnel managers and service providers representing cruise companies such as A-ROSA, Costa, Deilmann and Sea Chefs will have information for visitors in Hall 5.1. For the first time the organisers of MeerArbeit will be offering visitors a special opportunity at ITB Berlin to find out directly about life on board. Visitors can inspect a river boat, the MS Sanssouci, at the show in Berlin, where they can apply directly for a job in catering. Those interested can register at www.meerarbeit.de or bring their application and references along to Stand 101 in Hall 5.1.
On 8 March 2013 at 6.30 p.m., on the stage in Hall 5.1, the exhibitors in the hall will be putting an item up for auction which can be bid for by anyone present. The proceeds will be donated to a charity project in Indonesia, the partner country of this year’s ITB. The party following the event will provide students with an opportunity to exchange views and establish contacts. The ITB Student Auction is organised and held by a student group of the Ostfalia Hochschule for Applied Sciences and by Robert Port, head of the event organisers TRY !T.
Ordering reduced-rate tickets online
The Open Days of ITB Berlin will be taking place on Saturday, 9 and Sunday, 10 March 2013. On these days visitors can obtain reduced-rate tickets both online and from any S-Bahn ticket offices and BVG customer information centres. A day ticket from these outlets costs 12 euros instead of 14.50 euros from the ticket offices on the grounds. Reduced-rate tickets can be ordered in comfort from a home PC at www.itb-berlin.de/eintrittskarten until 10 March 2013 and are available from BVG and S-Bahn Berlin outlets until 8 March 2013.
Children up to the age of 14 accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge. Schoolchildren and students can purchase tickets at the reduced rate of 8 euros. Last-minute tickets for admission on 10 March from 2 to 6 p.m. are available from the ticket offices at 8 euros. Admission tickets to ITB Berlin are also valid for a giant prize draw that will be giving away trips to destinations around the world.
The daily opening times at ITB Berlin are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To ensure an easy arrival and departure we recommend using public transport. More details and suggestions for tours at ITB Berlin 2013 can be found at www.itb-berlin.de/publikum.