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ITB Destination Day 3

ITB Destination Days

March 9, 2012

10:50 - 17:00

Hall 7.1a, Auditorium New York 1

Over the course of three days the ITB Destination Days will discuss the challenges and prospects facing international destination management. The focus is on types of travel with high growth potential, such as health and cultural tourism, but also on emerging travel markets in Asia, as well as Latin America, Africa, Montenegro and Egypt. Special attention will also be devoted to the Arab Spring and the effects of natural disasters on tourism.

Hosted by:

Dr. Alexander Dingeldey, Management Consultant


10:50 - 11:00

Dr. Alexander Dingeldey, Management Consultant

Together with Dutch Docklands the Maldives are realizing an ambitious project. Starting this year, the company plans to build floating water properties in the archipelago including a complex which consists of a convention centre and a hotel, a golf course, a yacht club, private villas as well as private islands. What is the current state of the project, what are the challenges to overcome and what are the prospects for the future of this spectacular project?

Koen Olthuis, Chief Creative Officer, Dutch Docklands
Paul H.T.M. van de Camp, CEO, Dutch Docklands

Tsunami 2004, Japan 2011, Iceland ... the list of natural disasters is growing. The effects on tourism are always dramatic: destruction of tourism infrastructure, decrease in tourism demand and terrified tourists. What options do communities have to react? Can early warning systems alleviate the impact of natural disasters? What can we learn from this best practice example: the Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System?

Moderated by:
Sabrina Hermsen, Author and Journalist, ZDF

Panel guests:
Dr.-Ing. Ilham A. Habibie, MBA, Chairman, Committee for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman, Indonesian Organization of German Alumni
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reinhard F. Hüttl, Scientific Executive Director and Chair of the Executive Board, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Franky Tjahyadikarta, President Director, Bukit Uluwatu Villa Tbk., Co-Founder, Alila Hotels and Resorts

City tourism is booming worldwide and in Europe. Berlin in particular has been showing impressive growth. What do the successful concepts of boom cities look like? What role does brand management play and how do you maintain and develop a city as a brand? The example of Berlin offers food for thought and decision support.

Burkhard Kieker, CEO, visitBerlin

The Health Tourism Market: A Golden Goose or Lame Duck?

Be it destinations, hotels, conference organizers, consultants or clinics, everyone has their eye on health tourists. However, nobody quite knows what they look like, where they come from, and what exactly they expect. Find out from a panel of experts whether health tourism and medical tourism really are major industry trends, and who has already achieved market success. Exclusive empirical data will enrich the discussion.

Introductory presentation:
Keith Pollard, Health Tourism Expert, Managing Director, Intuition Communication Ltd. Download Presentation

Moderated by:
Sophia Quint, Media Relations Manager, Media Projects CEO, Head of Health Tourism, visitBerlin

Panel guests:
Ralf Baumbach, Owner and Managing Director, MediPlus-Gruppe
Dr. Andreas Gent, Member of the Board, HanseMerkur Health Insurance
Nizar Maarouf, Vice Director, Vivantes International Medicine
Keith Pollard, Health Tourism Expert, Managing Director, Intuition Communication Ltd.
Cherinjit Kumar Shori, Group Chief Operating Officer, Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation (ACLDT) Singapore

Health Tourism: A Success or Flop – You Decide!

Four minutes - and not a moment added on. Nine speakers have an opportunity to deliver presentations on their health tourism products and services. Innovation, inspiration and entertainment are assured. At the push of a button you decide who wins. Whoever that is will win a flight to Berlin with an overnight stay and Berlin WelcomeCard.

Moderated by:
Sophia Quint, Media Relations Manager, Media Projects CEO, Head of Health Tourism, visitBerlin

The booming gay & lesbian travel segment is a very attractive niche market for a lot of destinations around the world today. In the past decades, we have seen destination strategies or unplanned developments to reach the gay & lesbian tourist. Strong political resolutions and coordinated initiatives including the private sector show a sustainable success. What is the cultural, social and economic impact on the destination? We already see the first positive feedback for other tourism segments and positive changes of the visibility of a destination itself. What can we learn from the pioneers and what do others have to consider while working in this market?

Rika Jean François, Gay & Lesbian Travel Segment, ITB Berlin

Moderated by:
Thomas Bömkes, Managing Director & Senior Consultant, Diversity Tourism UG Download Presentation

Panel guests:
Philip Heylen, Vice Mayor for Culture and Tourism, Antwerp
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Rita Hille, Managing Director, Wiechmann Tourism Service GmbH, President, Visit USA Committee Germany
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Stephen Murray-Smith, Gay-Market Sales Manager, Florida Keys Tourist Development Council
Tom Roth, President & Founder, Community Marketing
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Marco Antonio de Britto Lomanto, Director of Products and Tourist Destinations, Brazilian Tourism Board (EMBRATUR) Download Presentation