Debut for ITB Berlin’s LGBT Academy in Japan
Important partners of the workshops include Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.kyoto.travel/en), Hotel Granvia Kyoto (www.granviakyoto.com), the Japanese publisher Ohta Publications (www.ohtapub.co.jp), All Nippon Airways (www.ana.co.jp), Out Japan (www.out-japan.com), Out Asia Travel (www.outasiatravel.com) and The Capitol Hotel Tokyu (www.capitolhoteltokyu.com/en/). Other sponsors include the Japan Association of Travel Agents JATA (www.jata-net.or.jp/english/), the Japan Hotel Association Kyoto Branch (www.j-hotel.or.jp/en/) and IGLTA (www.iglta.org), the world's leading global travel network dedicated to connecting and educating LGBT travelers.
ITB Berlin's CSR officer Rika Jean-Francois will welcome the guests. ITB Berlin is a strong supporter of human rights in tourism, both of travelers and local residents. Thomas Bömkes will introduce the LGBT segment of ITB Berlin. As general manager of Diversity Tourism in Munich he is also advises the trade show on LGBT matters.
He will be followed by Tom Roth, president of Community Marketing in San Francisco who, taking current market surveys, best practices and case studies into account, will show how companies and regions can actively attract LGBT tourism. Other scheduled events include the presentation of the 2nd UNWTO Global Report on LGBT Tourism, which besides many other international examples, notes ITB Berlin's role as the leading trade show for this market. Visitors can also gain an insight into the work of IGLTA Japan, into case studies by Hornet Media, who specialize in gay social networks, and Gay Travel Nepal. Q&A panel discussions will round off the events in Tokyo and Kyoto respectively.
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About ITB Berlin and ITB Asia
First launched 51 years ago, ITB Berlin is recognised as the most successful trade show for the global travel industry. Some 10,000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries regularly attend this event. Every year in October for the last ten years Messe Berlin has successfully organised ITB Asia in Singapore. Boasting 940 exhibitors from 113 countries, ITB Asia in Singapore has established itself as Asia"s Leading Travel Trade Show. As the second show in Asia, ITB China will take place in Shanghai, one of the leading industrial cities in the People"s Republic of China, and with a population of around 23 million one of world"s largest cities. In contrast to ITB Asia, which reflects tourism in Asia as a whole, ITB China focuses entirely on the Chinese travel market.
About ITB China and the ITB China Conference
ITB China 2018 will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 16 to 18 May, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre in hall 1. ITB China is a three-day business to business travel trade fair that focuses exclusively on the Chinese travel industry. The ITB China Conference will take place parallel with the show and is co-organised by the leading conference organiser TravelDaily (www.traveldaily.cn).
About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention
ITB Berlin 2018 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 7 to 11 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World"s Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2017 a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 184 countries exhibited their products and services to around 169,000 visitors, who included 109,000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 7 to Saturday, 10 March 2018. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors. More details are available at www.itb-berlin.com, www.itb-convention.com and at ITB Social Media Newsroom.
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