ITB Berlin 2016: LGBT tourism to take centre stage in Germany
Gay and lesbian travel is one of the fastest-growing markets in the international travel industry.
This year, ITB Berlin will present the world’s largest display of travel options and the latest trends and products at a single show.
The LGBT Pavilion in Hall 3.1b is the place to head.
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association will be the centre of attention, along with Kenes Tours from Tel Aviv, and newcomers such as the organiser Moments from Mauritius and Club Holidays Adventures from India.
Also appearing at the pavilion for the first time are Quiiky Gay Tours from Italy and mCruise, a new gay cruise operator.
Exhibitors returning to the show include Ontario Tourism, Hotel Granvia Kyoto from Japan, Wien Tourismus, Diversity Consulting International from Madrid, and the island of Mykonos. Representing the USA again are the popular LGBT destinations Florida Keys & Key West, and the Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Exhibitors from South America include Brazil, which will be attracting attention with a photo wall for the 2016 Olympics, as well as Argentina with queer tango demonstrations.
ITB’s LGBT partner Diversity Tourism/TomOnTour will be showing its wide range of products and services.
On March 9th, the Wednesday of ITB, starting at 16:00, the Spartacus International Gay Guide will be inviting visitors to a reception on its stand.
Partners are the IGLTA, Berliner Aidshilfe and airberlin.
On the Saturday of ITB at 16:00, the well-known Mate Travel Award will be held for the first time in the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion.
mCruise, Condor Flugdienst and Schauinsland Reisen will be organising for the first time the Gay Café in the pavilion.
The LGBT Media Networking Brunch, which has established itself as an international networking event, will take place on Wednesday from 11:00 to 12.30.
The hosts are ITB Berlin and Visit Florida & Partners: Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater CVB, Beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Florida Keys & Key West.
Also taking part will be the Illinois Office of Tourism, the US Travel Association, Visit Britain, Ontario Tourism, Visit Brüssel, Visit Benidorm, Spartacus and TomOnTour/ITB Berlin.
On Tuesday, March 8th, on the eve of ITB Berlin, the IGLTA and a new member of the organisation, the Pacific Asian Travel Association, as well as the European Tour Operators Association will be inviting registered guests to a networking reception at Hotel Berlin.
On Wednesday, March 9th, an event on the ITB Berlin calendar not to be missed is the TomOnTour’s Gay ITB Party, which this time will be taking place in the recently opened Hotel Amano Grand Central and is also sponsored by Visit Florida & Partners.
On Friday, March 11th, from 09:00 to 11.30 at Axel Hotel, at the IGLTA & Axel Hotel Berlin ITB Party, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and meet people.
On the Saturday of ITB the ITB IGLTA partners visitBerlin and the pink pillow Berlin Collection Hotels will be inviting registered guests to the LGBT ITB breakfast in Hotel Sylter Hof Berlin.