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.

Videos

Abhilash Ramesh, executive director, Kairali Ayurvedic Group

Abhilash Ramesh, executive director, Kairali Ayurvedic Group

25th Mar 2016

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.

Regine Sixt, head of marketing, Sixt Car Rental

Regine Sixt, head of marketing, Sixt Car Rental

15th Mar 2016

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

15th Mar 2016

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.

Hatem Salem, director of sales, Meydan Hotels & Hospitality

Hatem Salem, director of sales, Meydan Hotels & Hospitality

12th Mar 2016

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.

Christian Zandonella, general manager, Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Christian Zandonella, general manager, Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

12th Mar 2016

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.

Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, president, Thanyapura Phuket

Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, president, Thanyapura Phuket

12th Mar 2016

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

12th Mar 2016

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

12th Mar 2016

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

11th Mar 2016

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.

Gregor Andréewitch, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Berlin

Gregor Andréewitch, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Berlin

11th Mar 2016

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.

Stephen Coppini, director of leisure sales, InterContinental Malta

Stephen Coppini, director of leisure sales, InterContinental Malta

11th Mar 2016

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

11th Mar 2016

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.

Aurelio Giraudo, general manager, Regency Kuwait Hotel

Aurelio Giraudo, general manager, Regency Kuwait Hotel

10th Mar 2016

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.

Saskia Schuller, sales director, Raffles Praslin, Seychelles

Saskia Schuller, sales director, Raffles Praslin, Seychelles

10th Mar 2016

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

10th Mar 2016

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.

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

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

10th Mar 2016

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

10th Mar 2016

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

10th Mar 2016

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.

Kapil Chopra, president, Oberoi Hotels

Kapil Chopra, president, Oberoi Hotels

9th Mar 2016

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

9th Mar 2016

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

9th Mar 2016

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.

Paul Pennicook, director, Jamaica Tourist Board

Paul Pennicook, director, Jamaica Tourist Board

9th Mar 2016

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.