International Tourism Exchange (ITB) Berlin 2014

ITB Berlin 2014 will take place from 5th to 9th March. From Wednesday to Friday, the trade fair will only be open to trade visitors, on Saturday and Sunday also to the general public. Opening hours: daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Info:

Events organised by or in cooperation with Bread for the World – Tourism Watch

You will find us at booth 217 in hall 4.1 (in between TourCert and ECPAT).

On Wednesday, 5th March 2014 at 4 pm on the main stage in hall 4.1, we will examine the possibilities, limitations and side effects of agrofuels as an alternative to kerosene, under the title "Agrofuels in Aviation – flying high or crash landing? Challenges for the aviation sector of the future". Panelists: Carolin Callenius (advisor on the right to food, Bread for the World), Prof. Gernot Klepper (advisory board member of aireg – Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V.), Dr. Felix Creutzig (leader of the working group on land use, infrastructure and transport at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change), Paul Peeters (University of Applied Sciences NHTV Breda). Moderated by: Michaele Hustedt (CPC Berlin).

The panel discussion is followed by an event on "TourCert – 5 Years of CSR in Tourism" where TourCert will award the labels "CSR Tourism Certified" to tourism enterprises. Afterwards, you are invited to a networking cocktail and snacks. 6 pm, hall 4.1, around the main stage.

Friday, 7th March 2014, 12:45 – 1:45 pm in hall 7.1c, Auditorium Paris, "Human Rights Due Diligence: Challenges And Opportunities For Companies". Companies have a responsibility to respect human rights. What can tourism associations, tour operators and their overseas partner agencies do to foster respect for human rights? What risks can be minimised and does ensuring human rights also bring positive economic effects for companies? Panelists: Vasantha Leelananda (Leisure Inbound Walkers Tours), Matthias Leisinger (Kuoni), Antje Monshausen (Bread for the World – Tourism Watch), Wolfgang Weinz (ILO), Nicole White (ABTA The Travel Association). Moderated by: Matthias Beyer (mascontour).

ECPAT Germany/ (hall 4.1, booth 218)

Wednesday, 5th March 2014, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, hall 4.1, room Regensburg, panel "Is there a Place for Child Protection in Tourism?"What part does child protection have to play in the world of tourism? Is it the responsibility, possibly even the prerogative, of tourism companies to take a stand? Organised by The Code.

Thursday, 6th March 2014, 10 – 11 am, hall 4.1b, Pow Wow stage, "Child Protection in Tourism: Stakeholder Talk and Signing Ceremony of the Child Protection Code". Followed by a get-together at booths 218/219.

Institute for Tourism and Development (hall 4.1, booth 231)

Wednesday, 5th March 2014, 2:30 – 4 pm, hall 4.1, main stage TO DO! Awards Socially Responsible Tourism, this time with winners from Cambodia, Iran, and Mexico.

Friday, 7th March 2014, 11:55 am - 1 pm, hall 7.1a, room New York 1,"Interjections: Tourism and Poverty Reduction - Expectations and Reality".

Other Events

Wednesday, 5th March 2014, 11 am – 12 pm, hall 4.1, main stage, "Arab Spring and Tourism – Travel to the new Tunisia". Moderated by: Wolfgang Strasdas (HNE Eberswalde).

Thursday, 6th March 2014, 12:15 – 13 pm, hall 7.1a, Auditorium New York 1, "Sustainable Tourism in the Arab World – The Example of Tunisia".Moderated by: Wolfgang Strasdas (HNE Eberswalde).

Friday, 7th March 2014, 12 - 12:45 pm, Hall 7.1c, Auditorium Paris, "Human Rights In Destinations: Problems, Causes, Recommendations". What can hotels and destinations do so that human rights are respected? What do good governance processes look like? Can tourism serve as a trigger for the respect of human rights? Panelists: Christian Baumgartner (NFI), Hiran Cooray (PATA), Tom Koenigs (MdB). Moderated by: Klaus Lengefeld (GIZ).

Friday, 7th March, 2–3 pm, hall 7.1c, Auditorium Paris, "Studiosus Debate: Is Project Funding In Tourism Just Greenwashing?", Panelists: Ines Carstensen (Futouris e.V.), Barbara Glanz (Intrepit Group), Peter-Mario Kubsch (Studiosus Reisen), Nicole Maldonado-Pyschny (BMZ), Christine Plüss (akte). Moderated by: Daniela Wiesner-Schnalke (Deutsche Welle).

ITB Berlin Convention 2014

From 5th to 7th March, the ITB Berlin Convention will take place simultaneously to ITB in hall 7. For six years, the ITB Convention has had a CSR Day. This year, it will be on Friday 7th March 2014 from 10:40 am to 5:30 pm in hall 7.1c, Auditorium Paris. Representatives from the tourism industry and government will discuss concepts, best practice and the potential profitability of sustainable tourism. The latest empirical studies and best practice guides provide decision-making support in handling human rights in the context of tourism.

The detailed programme is available at


(TW 74, March 2014)