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Focus on ecological sustainability and social responsibility at ITB Berlin

BERLIN – Tourism witha vision of the future: socially responsible tourism has been on the agenda of the ITB for many years. This year, with its wide range of workshops, seminars and lectures on social responsibility, ITB Berlin (6 – 10 March) will help to raise awareness for many issues, to which the ITB CSR…

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BERLIN – Tourism witha vision of the future: socially responsible tourism has been on the agenda of the ITB for many years. This year, with its wide range of workshops, seminars and lectures on social responsibility, ITB Berlin (6 – 10 March) will help to raise awareness for many issues, to which the ITB CSR Day at the  ITB Berlin Convention and the 14th Pow-Wow for Tourism Professionals in Hall 4.1b will make an important contribution. At events taking place on two stages experts and exhibitors will examine topics concerning socially responsible tourism, sustainability and human rights.
Social responsiblity and sustainable tourism in Hall 4.1bThe Adventure Travel & Responsible Tourism Hall (4.1b) has become an international forum for sustainability in tourism. From 6 to 8 March the focus here will be on the 14th Pow-Wow for Tourism Professionals. Exhibitors, experts and leading international guest speakers from all areas of tourism, business and science will discuss topics such as overtourism, marine conservation and ocean pollution, local cuisine in hotels and restaurants, biodiversity, alternative forms of transport and cycle tourism.
On Wednesday, 6 March at 2 p.m., Madagascar and the UNESCO Global Geopark Association will present their sustainable tourism initiatives on the Adventure Stage in Hall 4.1. At the same time, a discussion on fair working conditions will take place on the big stage in Hall 4.1 a. This event will be moderated by Antje Monshausen, senior policy adviser of Brot fur die Welt and chair of the Roundtable for Human Rights in Tourism. The aim will be to show how tour operators can create fair and decent working conditions.
On Thursday, 7 March, day two of the Pow-Wow, visitors to Hall 4.1 can find out more about socially responsible tourism in Jordan, Dominica, Mexico, Russia, the Western Balkans and Malaysia, this year’s partner country of ITB. At 5.15 p.m. Myclimate, an organisation which compensates for travel emissions, will round off the day’s events with a fascinating panel discussion on climate protection and sustainability. On Friday, 8 March, the second edition of the Cycle Tourism Conference will take place on the big stage, where cycling enthusiasts from all over the world will talk about ecologically responsible development of cycle routes featuring natural and cultural attractions. Astrotourism is a fascinating subject, which together with increasing levels light pollution will again be a topic at the Pow-Wow, as will child protection and the use of disposable plastic items. This year The Blue Yonder, the Responsible Tourism Partner of ITB Berlin, will present Planet Abled, an award-winning Initiative for Accessible Tourism in India, and at 5.30 p.m. will talk about the success story of Chekutty Dolls. Rounding off the Pow-Wow again at 6 p.m. will be the international Responsible Tourism Networking Event of ITB Berlin in partnership with The Blue Yonder, which has been taking place for the past 11 years. At the event each participant will be able to deliver a two-minute pitch to introduce themselves and find a potential business partner.
Focus on climate change at this year’s ITB CSR Day on Friday, 8 MarchOn 8 March at 11 a.m. at the CityCube in Room A3, in his keynote speech on ’Climate change, global warming, weather extremes’, the leading international climate change scientist Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber will outline the current situation and the need to take climate action. Afterwards at 12 noon, a panel discussion will examine one of the key questions facing the tourism industry: ‘In view of a 1.5 degree global warming target, can we still travel as before or is this the end of the industry’s growth?’ At 2 p.m. representatives of industry, science and Greenpeace will discuss the role that tourism plays in polluting the oceans with plastic waste, the regulatory measures that policymakers need to take, and the contribution that travellers are willing to make. On Friday, 8 March, from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CityCube in Room A7, in addition to the ITB Berlin Convention the Barrier-free Tourism Conference will also be taking place, which for many years has been successfully coorganised by the German National Tourist Board (DZT), experts, and the associations representing those concerned.
Highlights on 8 March, International Women’s Day8 March is a newly established public holiday in Berlin and International Women’s Day, and will be a fitting occasion for additional events on gender equality. On the eve of International Women’s Day, 7 March, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Palais am Funkturm, two seminars will be taking place on gender equality and the working conditions of women in tourism. Experts from around the world will provide an insight into different approaches at various destinations. Furthermore, the presentation will take place of the latest findings of the 2nd Global Report on Women in Tourism, which is jointly sponsored by UNWTO, GIZ, UN Women, the World Bank and Amadeus. First Lady of Iceland and Special Ambassador of UNWTO Eliza Reid will address the participants in her welcoming speech. Together with Marie-Christine Stephenson, tourism minister of Haiti, and Taleb Rifai, former secretary general of UNWTO, she will be a guest of honour at the global Celebrating Her Awards, which recognise the special achievements of women in tourism. The presentation will take place on 7 March from 2 to 3 p.m. for the fourth time and is a collaboration between ITB Berlin and the Indian representatives of the International Institute for Peace in Tourism (IIPT). In the South America Hall (23b) on the exhibition grounds a gallery display will also afford special recognition to Celebrating Her Award winners of past years.
To mark the public holiday on 8 March, at 2 p.m. ITB Berlin, Gender Responsible Tourism (GRT) & SheTrades will be holding a Women’s Day Special event at the Palais am Funkturm. SheTrades is an initiative of the International Trade Centre (ITC) whose goal is to ensure that three million women become independent entrepreneurs by 2021. Dr. Joke Buringa, an expert on human rights and gender equality in Arab countries who is sponsored by the German-Arab Society, will hold the keynote speech at this event. Women will also be the focus of the International Women’s Day Awards 2019, which will be presented at a festive ceremony of the international seminar of the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) in collaboration with the Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW). The event will take place on 7 March at 2.15 p.m. at the CityCube Berlin in Room A1.
Responsible Destination Forum at the Palais am FunkturmOn Wednesday, 6 March from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Palais am Funkturm, under the heading of ’The Art of Engaging and Sustaining Authentic Indigenous Experiences’, the Indigenous Tourism Seminar will look at how tourists can share authentic experiences with local inhabitants at their destinations, in ways that benefit indigenous groups and people and help to preserve their culture. Ben Sherman, chairman of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance WINTA, will hold the keynote speech. Afterwards, international experts from the USA, New Zealand, Easter Island and Sweden will discuss tried and tested best practices. At 4 p.m. a presentation will take place of the ‘Best of the Best’ winners of the Top 100 Sustainable Destination Awards. The award categories are: Cultures and Communities, Cities, Nature, Eco-Tourism, Coastal & Island Destinations and Best Green Destinations. The ITB Earth Award is a new category and will go to the destination that is a global leader in combating climate change and environmental destruction. The winners will be announced at the event.
On Thursday, 7 March at the Palais am Funkturm at 11 a.m., events will kick off with a seminar discussing to what degree a destination’s support for LGBT+ and human rights can contribute to its success. Leading figures including Derek Hanekom, the tourism minister of South Africa, and Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, Germany’s ambassador to Malaysia, will hold introductory speeches. Afterwards, an international panel including LoAnn Halden, vice president Communications, IGLTA, and Helmut Metzner, chairman of the LSVD, and those concerned will discuss this issue. The event will conclude with the presentation of the ITB LGBT+ Pioneer Award.
Also on 7 March, taking place from 4.30 to 6 p.m. in addition to the established TO DO Award for socially responsible tourism, Studienkreis fur Tourismus und Entwicklung will be presenting the TO DO Human Rights in Tourism Award for the third time. The event is organised in partnership with the Roundtable for Human Rights and Studiosus Reisen Munchen and the German UNESCO Commission will act as patron.

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WTTC hosted first virtual AGM with over 120 members and WTTC ambassadors in attendance

LONDON, UK – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, hosted its first ever virtual AGM, attended by more than 120 CEOs from across the globe, to discuss the progress made so far, the challenges our sector has faced through this pandemic, and the importance of…

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LONDON, UK – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, hosted its first ever virtual AGM, attended by more than 120 CEOs from across the globe, to discuss the progress made so far, the challenges our sector has faced through this pandemic, and the importance of international collaboration.Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has devasted the global Travel & Tourism sector, WTTC has been at the forefront of leading the private sector in the efforts to rebuild global consumer confidence, and the drive to rebuild international travel.In its first ever virtual AGM, the meeting was chaired by Chris Nassetta, President & CEO of Hilton and WTTC Chair, and saw contributions from Members around the world and WTTC’s Vice Chairs including: Gary Chapman, President Group Services & dnata, Emirates Group; Jeffrey C Rutledge, Chief Executive Officer, AIG Travel;  Jerry Noonan, Co-founder, Global Hospitality & Leisure Practice, Spencer Stuart and Darrell Wade, Co-founder and Chairman, Intrepid Group.The Regional Vice Chairs who were also in attendance included: Jane Sun Chief Executive Officer of Trip.com; Desiree Bollier Chair and Chief Merchant, Value Retail; Manfredi Lefebvre, Chairman, Silversea Cruises; Arnold Donald, President & Chief Executive Officer, Carnival Corp; Alex Zozaya, Executive Chairman, Apple Leisure Group; and Hiromi Tagawa, Executive Advisor, JTB Corp.The meeting was also attended by WTTC Ambassadors, Taleb Rifai, WTTC Global Ambassador; Chairman of International Advisory Board of International Institute for Peace through Tourism and former UNWTO Secretary-General; Michel Taride, WTTC Ambassador EU, Strategic Advisor, former Group President Hertz International and Chair of the GTTP Advisory Board; Michael Frenzel, WTTC Ambassador EU and President of Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry; and Peter Greenberg, WTTC Ambassador US and CBS News Travel Editor.Major 2020 initiatives presented to attendees included WTTC’s ground-breaking 100 million Jobs Recovery Plan, which was presented to and welcomed by the G20 during an historic meeting between G20 Tourism Ministers, and more than 45 CEOs and Members of WTTC in October, under Saudi Arabia’s leadershipFurthermore, in its ‘G20 Declaration’ announced last week, the Heads of State said they would continue their efforts in collaborating with stakeholders, including the private sector, to facilitate the Travel & Tourism sector’s recovery from the pandemic. It also endorsed the G20 Guidelines for Action on Safe and Seamless Travel, which has been a key priority for WTTC since 2017 and welcomed the establishment of the G20 Tourism Working Group.The WTTC Members praised the G20 Leaders for recognising the importance of working with the private sector and the role that Travel & Tourism will play in the recovery and bringing back millions of jobs.In August, WTTC sent letters to the Heads of State of the G7 as well as Australia, South Korea and Spain, calling for strong leadership and effective international collaboration and coordination to resume travel safely. As a follow up, Spain will be hosting an event in La Palma, next week to advance the key actions to restart the sector and enhance international collaboration.Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said after the meeting: “2020 will be remembered as the year the world stood still and all around the globe, people lost loved ones to COVID-19. We must never forget the pain and suffering this pandemic has caused millions of people from all corners of the earth.“The Travel & Tourism sector has suffered like never before, with millions of people’s livelihoods being impacted. There has never been a greater need for the sector to come together in a globally coordinated way to ensure the recovery process is swift and painless.“I’m so proud of the entire WTTC team, who have worked tirelessly throughout the year in order to bring attention to the crisis our sector is facing, and in doing so, showing ourselves to be the voice of the sector.”The conclusion of the meeting was that restarting international travel in a safe and seamless way is vital to recover the 140 million plus jobs that have been impacted by the pandemic, and the WTTC Members are committed to continue working together to achieve this key objective.

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Aviation industry agrees vital slot use relief

GENEVA / MONTREAL – The Worldwide Airport Slot Board (WASB), comprising Airports Council International (ACI World), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the Worldwide Airport Coordinators Group (WWACG) released a joint recommendation for airport slot use relief for the northern summer 2021 season. The organizations called on regulators worldwide to temporarily adopt more flexible…

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GENEVA / MONTREAL – The Worldwide Airport Slot Board (WASB), comprising Airports Council International (ACI World), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the Worldwide Airport Coordinators Group (WWACG) released a joint recommendation for airport slot use relief for the northern summer 2021 season. The organizations called on regulators worldwide to temporarily adopt more flexible slot rules in line with the recommendation as quickly as possible in order to preserve essential air transport connectivity.As a result of the collapse in demand from the COVID-19 crisis, some 65% of direct city pair connections vanished in the first quarter of 2020. Slot-regulated airports serve almost half of all passengers and are the backbone of the global scheduled airline network. But recovery is impossible while there is no certainty on the rules governing the use and retention of airport slots.The existing slot rules were never designed to cope with a prolonged industry collapse. Regulators temporarily suspended the rules for Summer and Winter 2020 to give the industry vital breathing space. International air traffic, though, is only expected to return to about 25% of 2019 levels by summer 2021. In order to preserve connectivity while air traffic recovers, a more flexible system of slot regulation is essential.The Worldwide Airport Slot Board (WASB) which is the forum for bringing together representatives from the airport, airline and slot coordinator community to agree positions on slot rules, has worked on a proposal to regulators that preserves the best of the existing rules, while providing the necessary flexibility to aid recovery. The WASB position recommends the following be adopted before the end of 2020:Airlines that return a full series of slots by early February to be permitted to retain the right to operate them in summer 2022.A lower operating threshold for retaining slots the following season. In normal industry conditions this is set at 80-20. The WASB recommends this be amended to 50-50 for Summer 2021.A clear definition for acceptable non-use of a slot. For example, force majeure as a result of short-term border closures or quarantine measures imposed by governments.“It is vital that regulators quickly adopt the WASB proposals on a globally harmonized basis. Airlines and airports need certainty as they are already planning the 2021 Summer season (which begins in April) and have to agree schedules. Delays in adopting new rules will further damage the industry at a time when industry finances, and 4.8 million jobs in air transport, hang by a thread,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.“Creating a globally-compatible approach to the crucial issue of airport slots is an important part of underpinning a recovery of aviation. The united position of the air transport industry on what needs to be done to protect connectivity and choice in the best interests of passengers is a clear signal to regulators of the extreme urgency of the situation. Action is needed now as any delay makes recovery for air transport, and the global economy, more difficult. We need regulators to recognize the crisis we are in and act with speed and flexibility,” said Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director General of ACI World.“WWACG welcome the possibility to work out a common ground together with IATA and ACI World for the preparation of the 2021 Summer season. It is important that relevant authorities take appropriate action to secure the aviation industry the necessary predictability in the planning process in these extraordinary times for the entire industry,” said Fred Andreas Wister, Chairman, WWACG.

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SWISS Airlines adds frequencies from Domodedovo Airport to Zurich

Starting from November 23, SWISS Airlines has launched a third weekly flight on the route Zurich-Moscow (Domodedovo). SWISS Airlines performs the flight on Mondays, landing at 17:45 and departing at 18:35*.Passengers can also opt for the following flights:On Saturdays. It will land at Domodedovo at 17:45, departing to Zurich at 18:35*.On Fridays. It will land…

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SWISS Airlines adds frequencies from Domodedovo Airport to Zurich

Starting from November 23, SWISS Airlines has launched a third weekly flight on the route Zurich-Moscow (Domodedovo). SWISS Airlines performs the flight on Mondays, landing at 17:45 and departing at 18:35*.Passengers can also opt for the following flights:On Saturdays. It will land at Domodedovo at 17:45, departing to Zurich at 18:35*.On Fridays. It will land at Domodedovo at 12:15, departing to Zurich at 13:45*.Russia and Switzerland resumed flights on August 15.*All times are local (Moscow Time – UTC+04)

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