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Indulge in a little wanderlust and fly away with your thoughts – once again, ITB is sending out its annual call. This years’ host country is Botswana, making it the first country from southern Africa to do so. According to David Ruetz, Head of ITB, the country which is home to more elephants than any other in Africa, is “the continent’s best kept secret”. Thanks to its numerous national parks and efforts to combat poaching, Botswana is a pioneer in conservation and is home to a huge variety of animal species. The contrast between the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta is absolutely unique. The country’s plethora of flora and fauna make it a real experience for visitors.

This year, the airport company will host a stand in Hall 12/101. Exhibition visitors will be able to indulge their wanderlust at the weekend and let themselves be beamed to one of six new destinations through our photo-promotion. The photo can be taken home as a souvenir.

Almost 10,000 exhibitors from 187 countries will be hosting presentations at the ITB and providing information about the latest trends in the tourist industry. The ITB exhibition offers visitors the chance to take part in a total of 200 workshops and presentations over three different thematically structured days. The topics of eTravel and sustainability – both social and ecological – will be represented heavily. The Career Center will be offering school leavers and university graduates information about training opportunities in tourism at almost 50 international universities and colleges. Along with potential employers from the industry, the Federal Employment Agency will also be present, offering tips for applicants. And the exhibition also has something to offer the youngest amongst us, like discovering rhinos from Botswana or Janosch’s tiger. ITB Kinderland offers child minding services from four years and over, if parents need some alone time at the exhibition.

Every year, at 15:30 hrs on the last day of the exhibition, ITB presents its grand finale as the participating countries say their farewells through music and dance. This year will showcase, in particular, artists from Botswana.

ITB tickets are priced between 35 and 75 euros for industry visitors, and between 8 and 15 euros for the general public at the weekend. Children under 14 years may enter free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Discounted school and student day tickets cost 8 euro. The opening times are 10:00 - 18:00 hrs from 8th to 12th March

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