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Press Release 4 October 2021

ITB Berlin 2022: eTravel World announces call for papers

World’s Largest Travel Trade Show invites applications for papers on best practices in Travel Technology +++ Submissions can be made from now until 31 October 2021

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ITB Global Messe Berlin GmbH

From 9 to 11 March 2022 live on the stage of the acclaimed eTravel World segment, the focus will be on how to deal with the long-term fallout of the pandemic. For this reason, ITB Berlin is now inviting papers on the key topic of Travel Technology & Sustainability. Speakers have until 31 October 2021 to secure their slot at the eTravel World.

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Taking as its slogan ’Business Education For You’, the eTravel World 2022 will look at the best examples of how to handle the structural changes caused by digitisation and technology in the tourism industry. As well as case studies featuring best practices, the search is on for reports of significant learnings in the sphere of travel technology and digitisation in the travel industry. The key question is ’in what areas and ways does the growing impact of technology make the industry more self-reliant?’.

Under the heading ’Green Travel’, travel start-ups and investors are being invited to report on development chances, entrepreneurship and financing possibilities. Aside from its topic focus, the eTravel World is expressly encouraging female entrepreneurs to contribute and submit their entries. For newcomers, a six-month period of market activity is a minimum requirement, along with a scalable business model.

On 9 March, the eTravel World 2022’s wide-ranging programme will kick off again with the TTA Forum in the Technology, Tours and Activities segment. In order to present their programmes and ideas on the eTravel Stage experts are invited to submit their suggestions for panels and papers. These should cover the latest learnings gained from in-destination services, for example insights into marketing and distribution strategies. A further topic will be the question of safe travel and the nature of tours and experiences both during and after the pandemic.

On Thursday, 10 March, the eTravel Stage programme will feature the DATA TALKS. Applicants are invited to present practical applications and concrete learnings regarding service and process optimisation through personalised service, frictionless travel, the Internet of Things and machine learning. Further topics will include big data and open data, with their advantages on the one hand and challenges on the other.

ITB Berlin is looking for hospitality experts to hold presentations at the Hospitality Tech Forum on 11 March. Lecture topics here will include hotel technology trends, sales and direct distribution, guest experience technology for a safe visit, as well as optimisation, connectivity and scalability of the hotel technology stack.

Applicants can submit their entries here:
www.itb.com/en/itb-kongress/call-for-papers-etravel-world

Selection criteria and general conditions of participation:

• Promotional company presentations or "case studies" that present successes and trends based only on one's own product will not be included in the regular programme.
• The submitted topic idea should not exceed a presentation length of 20 minutes.
• The topic must be relevant as described above.
• Best practice examples and case studies will be given priority.
• Submissions that cover the above mentioned topics will be given priority.
• The submitted topic summary or abstract clearly describes content and learnings.
• The application is not a guarantee that the proposal will be included in the congress programme. Messe Berlin's decision cannot be appealed.
• An ITB ticket for speakers will be provided free of charge.
Unfortunately, the organiser is unable to pay a fee. Costs for travel, accommodation and meals can also not be covered.

The audiences in question:

• C-level representatives from the tourism industry
(e.g. from destination management, business travel, hotel industry, in-destination services)
• Decision-makers in marketing, product development, sales, IT
• International industry representatives
• Media and bloggers
• Young professionals and students

For enquiries regarding the programme and content please contact:

Anja Bredemeier
Faktor 3 AG
Email [email protected]

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention

ITB Berlin 2022 will take place from Wednesday, 9 to Sunday, 13 March as an in-person event in Berlin and will include virtual trade show elements such as the two-day Digital ITB Business Days after the event. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin will be open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World"s Leading Travel Trade Show. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 9 to Saturday, 12 March 2022. It will take place physically and virtually and feature livestreams along with a 24-hour programme. For exhibitors, trade visitors and the media, participation in the convention is included in the price of a ticket. 3,513 exhibitors from 120 countries were represented at the virtual edition of ITB Berlin NOW 2021 for the duration of the event. Some 65,700 users visited the new online platform, around two-thirds of whom were from abroad. In 2019 a total of 10,000 exhibitors from 181 countries displayed their products and services to 160,000 visitors, including 113,500 trade visitors. More details are available at www.itb.com.

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