Grand Finale at ITB Berlin 2018
A spectacular conclusion to the World's Largest Travel Trade Show®: the ITB Grand Finale on Sunday, 11 March 2018 will be the official final event of ITB Berlin, featuring dance performances from Zambia, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic. From 3.30 to 5 p.m., together with a host of different cultures, exhibitors, guests and visitors will be celebrating a spectacular ending to the 52nd ITB Berlin. Mary Amiri, the award-winning event and television presenter, will moderate the colourful programme of events which is traditionally organised by exhibitors. Admission is free for holders of a visitor's ticket on the Sunday of the show.
As well as to Nordic regions, the Grand Finale will also be taking visitors on a trip to exotic countries, for example Zambia, this year's Culture & Convention Partner of ITB Berlin. The flowing movements of its traditional dance performances reflect the many different cultures of this African nation. The Kecak, a traditional dance from Indonesia, will have visitors longing for faraway destinations. It is one of Bali's most famous artistic creations, and with its delicate hand movements the dance is also an expression of Hindu mythology.
Towards the end of the Grand Finale 2018 visitors can look forward to the ceremonial 'passing of the baton' from one partner country, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, to another, Malaysia, the partner country of ITB Berlin 2019. This country in southeastern Asia will be whetting visitors' appetites with traditional music and dance performances for next year's visit to the World's Largest Travel Trade Show®.
The Delphic Games: a global stage for art and cultures
Ever since 2010 ITB Berlin has been organising the ITB Grand Finale in cooperation with the International Delphic Council (IDC), a global cultural organisation. The Delphic Games, which it organises, are literally the sister event of the Olympics. Just as fire stands for the Olympic Games, so their defining symbol is water. In ancient Greece the Delphic Games took place regularly for almost 1,000 years, always in the year preceding the Olympic Games. Nowadays, different venues host the Delphic Games and Delphic Youth Games every four years.
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Reduced-rate tickets are available online, from BVG and S-Bahn Berlin
Visitors can purchase ITB tickets to the open days for the public on Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 March 2018 at the reduced rate of 12 euros instead of 15 euros by visiting www.itb-berlin.de/en/Visitors/Tickets/ After printing out their own tickets members of the public can gain easy access to the display halls without waiting in line. Alternatively, they can buy admission vouchers for ITB Berlin from one of the many ticket machines at the customer service centres of the BVG and S-Bahn, where up until 12 midday on 11 March vouchers for day tickets will also be available at the reduced rate of 12 euros instead of 15 euros. 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 11 March as of 2 p.m. are available from the ticket offices at 8 euros.
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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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