ITB Berlin 2016

ITB Berlin 2016

Breaking Travel News catches up with key tourism decision makers from around the globe on the convention floor at ITB Berlin 2016.

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Abhilash Ramesh, executive director, Kairali Ayurvedic Group Abhilash Ramesh, executive director, Kairali Ayurvedic Group

Abhilash Ramesh, executive director, Kairali Ayurvedic Group talks to Breaking Travel News about winning the title of India’s Leading Spa Resort from the World Travel Awards. Here editor Chris O’Toole to discover what is on offer at the property.

Telemachos Hassapis, general manager, Aphrodite Hills Resort Telemachos Hassapis, general manager, Aphrodite Hills Resort

Telemachos Hassapis, general manager, Aphrodite Hills Resort, talks to Breaking Travel News about the tourism sector in Cyprus and what his property brings to hospitality in the destination.

Regine Sixt, head of marketing, Sixt Car Rental Regine Sixt, head of marketing, Sixt Car Rental

Regine Sixt, head of marketing, Sixt Car Rental, speaks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin. On the agenda this year is the company’s expansion into North America and the value charity works the industry leading businesswoman carries out with her Drying Little Tears organisation.

Margarida Almeida, director, Monte Santo Resort Margarida Almeida, director, Monte Santo Resort

Margarida Almeida, director, Monte Santo Resort talks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin 2016. Following a recent victory at the World Travel Awards, she chats with editor Chris O’Toole about investments scheduled for the year ahead to make sure the property remains the best in class.

Mubarak Rashed Al Nuaimi, director of promotions and overseas offices, Abu Dhabi Tourism Mubarak Rashed Al Nuaimi, director of promotions and overseas offices, Abu Dhabi Tourism

Mubarak Rashed Al Nuaimi, director of promotions and overseas offices, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority speaks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin. Speaking with editor Chris O’Toole he looks toward a bright year for tourism in the emirate.

Bouchra El Youssi, director of sales, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort Bouchra El Youssi, director of sales, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort

Bouchra El Youssi, director of sales, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort speaks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin. Having hosted the World Travel Awards Grand Final last year, the hotel is looking toward further successes in 2016.

Hatem Salem, director of sales, Meydan Hotels & Hospitality Hatem Salem, director of sales, Meydan Hotels & Hospitality

Hatem Salem, director of sales, Meydan Hotels & Hospitality talks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin. With the Dubai World Cup – the richest horse race in the world – set to take place on March 26th, the property is gearing up to welcome thousands of sports fans to the emirate.

Jamie Sweeting, vice president of social enterprise and sustainability, G Adventures Jamie Sweeting, vice president of social enterprise and sustainability, G Adventures

Jamie Sweeting, vice president of social enterprise and sustainability, G Adventures, talks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin 2016. Topics on the agenda include the development of the brand’s activities in Europe and the growth of Germany as a source market.

Christian Zandonella, general manager, Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Christian Zandonella, general manager, Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Christian Zandonella, general manager, Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, talks to Breaking Travel News about tourism in the destination. Having just launched a Rolls-Royce transfer service for Saudi travellers, the property is creating waves in one of the most competitive markets in the Middle East.

Peter Hoslin, regional director, Europe, Hong Kong Tourist Board Peter Hoslin, regional director, Europe, Hong Kong Tourist Board

Peter Hoslin, regional director, Europe, Hong Kong Tourist Board, speaks to Breaking Travel News on the final day of ITB Berlin 2016. On the agenda are the upcoming Dragon Boat Carnival and the growth of European visitors to the destination.

Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, president, Thanyapura Phuket Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, president, Thanyapura Phuket

Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, president, Thanyapura Phuket, talks to Breaking Travel News about the growth of Germany as source market for the property and the redevelopments which are currently being undertaken to ensure it remains ahead of the chasing pack.

Louis Lewis, director of tourism, Saint Lucia Tourist Board Louis Lewis, director of tourism, Saint Lucia Tourist Board

Louis Lewis, director of tourism, Saint Lucia Tourist Board, speaks to Breaking Travel News at the close of ITB Berlin 2016. Speaking with Breaking Travel News he discusses the important of tourism to the island and how its continued growth benefits the people of Saint Lucia.

Stefan Fuchs, general manager, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Stefan Fuchs, general manager, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

Stefan Fuchs, general manager, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, talks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin 2016. With the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix still the highlight of the year, the hotel has recently opened Pearls by Michael Caines, with the Williams F1 team chef bringing luxury dinning to new heights.

David Thomson, chief operating officer, JA Resorts & Hotels David Thomson, chief operating officer, JA Resorts & Hotels

David Thomson, chief operating officer, JA Resorts & Hotels here talks to Breaking Travel News about the brand’s expansion in Sri Lanka. With the new property taking share, he here brings editor Chris O’Toole up to date with the project.

Rina Cilliers, general manager, sales, marketing and reservations, Legend Hospitality Group Rina Cilliers, general manager, sales, marketing and reservations, Legend Hospitality Group

Rina Cilliers, general manager, sales, marketing and reservations, Legend Hospitality Group here speaks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin 2016. With the group continuing to expand she here discusses the portfolio with editor Chris O’Toole.

Kamal Haer, area director sales and marketing, Bali Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group Kamal Haer, area director sales and marketing, Bali Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group

Kamal Haer, area director sales and marketing, Bali Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group here chats with Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole about the award winning InterContinental Bali. While primarily a beach destination, on the agenda here is the MICE offering of the property.

Gregor Andréewitch, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Berlin Gregor Andréewitch, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Berlin

Gregor Andréewitch, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Berlin, talks to Breaking Travel News about the luxurious hotel. Not just a star of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, the hotel is reinvigorating luxury travel in the German capital.

Michael Schneider, managing director, international chauffeur system, SIXT Michael Schneider, managing director, international chauffeur system, SIXT

Michael Schneider, managing director, international chauffeur system, SIXT, chats with Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin. Discussing the growth of the brand, he here talks about the latest partnership with Oman Air.

Stephen Coppini, director of leisure sales, InterContinental Malta Stephen Coppini, director of leisure sales, InterContinental Malta

Stephen Coppini, director of leisure sales, InterContinental Malta talks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin 2016. Chatting with Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole he discusses the importance of tourism to the destination and what the hotel adds.

Mart Cilliers, managing director, Legend Hospitality Group Mart Cilliers, managing director, Legend Hospitality Group

Mart Cilliers, managing director, Legend Hospitality Group talks with Breaking Travel News on the second day of ITB Berlin. With the South African rand falling slightly of late, she argues now could be the best time to visit the country.

Amar Hilal, general manager, Sofitel Dubai Downtown Amar Hilal, general manager, Sofitel Dubai Downtown

Amar Hilal, general manager, Sofitel Dubai Downtown, gives Breaking Travel News an overview of what is on offer at one of the leading properties in Dubai.

Christophe Schnyder, general manager, Sofitel The Palm, Dubai Christophe Schnyder, general manager, Sofitel The Palm, Dubai

Christophe Schnyder, general manager, Sofitel The Palm, Dubai, talks with Breaking Travel News about the hospitality sector in the Middle East and the crucial role Dubai plays in its development.

Jean-François Laurent, general manager, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort Jean-François Laurent, general manager, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Jean-François Laurent, general manager, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort talks with Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin. With question marks over the future of tourism in Middle East, he here offers an upbeat assessment of what is to come in Dubai.

Aurelio Giraudo, general manager, Regency Kuwait Hotel Aurelio Giraudo, general manager, Regency Kuwait Hotel

Aurelio Giraudo, general manager, Regency Kuwait Hotel talks with Breaking Travel News about the importance of business travel sector in Kuwait. With uncertainty spreading across the Middle East, he here tells editor Chris O’Toole the Kuwait is one of the safest destinations in the region.

John Tue Nguyen, chief executive, Trails of Indochina John Tue Nguyen, chief executive, Trails of Indochina

John Tue Nguyen, chief executive, Trails of Indochina here talks to Breaking Travel News about the brand and how it has grown into a world leader for luxury, tailor-made travel.

Guillaume Delbecque, chief commercial officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts Guillaume Delbecque, chief commercial officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts

Guillaume Delbecque, chief commercial officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts here talks to Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole about the brand’s continued expansion in the Middle East.

Saskia Schuller, sales director, Raffles Praslin, Seychelles Saskia Schuller, sales director, Raffles Praslin, Seychelles

Saskia Schuller, sales director, Raffles Praslin, Seychelles, talks to Breaking Travel News about the property and what is on offer for visitors to the destination. With just 86 villas, the hotel is considered among the best in the Seychelles, be that for families or honeymooners.

Andrew Ward, senior vice president, marketing, Air Berlin Andrew Ward, senior vice president, marketing, Air Berlin

Andrew Ward, senior vice president, marketing, Air Berlin talks to Breaking Travel News about his time at ITB Berlin 2016. Top of the agenda is the launch of the new consumer ad campaign promoting the premium product at the carrier.

Stefan Heintze, general manager, Layana Resort & Spa Stefan Heintze, general manager, Layana Resort & Spa

Stefan Heintze, general manager, Layana Resort & Spa talks to Breaking Travel News about the high demand for travel to Thailand in 2016.

Sanjiv Ramdanee, chief executive Maradiva Villas Resort Sanjiv Ramdanee, chief executive Maradiva Villas Resort

Sanjiv Ramdanee, chief executive Maradiva Villas Resort talks to Breaking Travel News about the soft refurbishment of the property and the development of the tourism sector in Mauritius.

Marc Bennett, senior vice president, international operations, Dubai Tourism Marc Bennett, senior vice president, international operations, Dubai Tourism

Marc Bennett, senior vice president, international operations, Dubai Tourism talks to Breaking Travel News about the importance of the Germany market for the destination. Also on the agenda are plans for Expo 2020, the expansion of the Dubai International Airport and the growth of the tourism sector in the emirate.

Rahim Manji, group marketing director, Twiga Tours Rahim Manji, group marketing director, Twiga Tours

After picking up two World Travel Awards, Rahim Manji, group marketing director, Twiga Tours, here talks with Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole about the importance of the titles. Also on the agenda is the growth of tourism in Africa and the importance of sustainability to that growth.

Basak Erel, chief commercial officer, Rixos Hotels Basak Erel, chief commercial officer, Rixos Hotels

Basak Erel, chief commercial officer, Rixos Hotels talks to Breaking Travel News about the global expansion of the brand. Most existing the group is launching a new brand - Rixos World Parks & Entertainment – with a new property under development in Turkey.

Rustom Vickers, vice president of development, Dusit International Rustom Vickers, vice president of development, Dusit International

Rustom Vickers, vice president of development, Dusit International here talks to Breaking Travel News about the expansion of the company, with a particular view on the development of the Chinese market.

Kapil Chopra, president, Oberoi Hotels Kapil Chopra, president, Oberoi Hotels

Kapil Chopra, president, Oberoi Hotels talks about developments at both the Oberoi and Trident brands. With a number of the properties in the pipeline, he here shares the latest news with Breaking Travel News.

Omer Kaddouri, chief executive and president, Rotana Hotels Omer Kaddouri, chief executive and president, Rotana Hotels

Omer Kaddouri, chief executive and president, Rotana Hotels, talks to Breaking Travel News about the rapid expansion of the group. Having open five properties in 2016 already, Kaddouri reveals a further five will open by the end of the year as the group grows toward 100 properties by 2020.

Paolo Rosso, vice president, Plan Hotel Hospitality Group Paolo Rosso, vice president, Plan Hotel Hospitality Group

With Diamonds La Gemma dell’est Zanzibar set to welcome the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony next month, Plan Hotel Hospitality Group vice president Paolo Rosso here talks to Breaking Travel News about the property.

Anuj Bang, director, product development, RoomsXML Anuj Bang, director, product development, RoomsXML

Anuj Bang, director, product development, RoomsXML, talks to Breaking Travel News about the brand and their plans for growth.

Paul Pennicook, director, Jamaica Tourist Board Paul Pennicook, director, Jamaica Tourist Board

Paul Pennicook, director, Jamaica Tourist Board, talks to Breaking Travel News about the growth of tourism in the Caribbean. With a new government also taking power at home, he here discusses the return of Edmund Bartlett to the role of tourism minister and examines what might change under his leadership.

Franziskus Bumm, regional network leader, FCM Travel Solutions Franziskus Bumm, regional network leader, FCM Travel Solutions

Franziskus Bumm, regional network leader, FCM Travel Solutions, talks to Breaking Travel News about the growth of the company, its recent rebranding and gives a glimpse of what we might expect from FCM in 2016.

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