International Tourism Exchange (ITB) Berlin, 9-13 March, 2011

ITB Berlin 2011 will take place from 9 to 13 March. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are reserved for trade visitors. Further information: www.itb-berlin.de.

From 9 to 11 March, the ITB Berlin Congress will take place parallel to the trade fair, with a Corporate Social Responsibility Day on 10 March and an Eco-Mobility-Day on 11 March. Further information: www.itb-kongress.de.

EED TourismWatch will have a stall at ITB in hall 4.1 (stall no. 207) and will organise three events with a focus on human rights in tourism, as well as contribute to several others.

Events organised by EED Tourism Watch

Tuesday, 8 March, 2011, 11.00, Press Conference (prior to ITB): In cooperation with human rights NGOs (Amnesty International, Survival International) and an activist working on child rights in Africa, EED Tourism Watch will call for a human rights approach in tourism. The press conference will take place at Hotel Albrechtshof, Berlin-Mitte (in German only).

Wednesday, 9 March, 2011, 13.30-14.30 on the small stage in hall 4.1: "Between Melting Glaciers and Social Responsibility" with presentations on "Melting Glaciers and Rising Sea-Level - Tourism in the International Climate Negotiations", "The Labelling Jungle - Social Certifications in Tourism" and "Fair Travelling - Pioneers of Fair Trade in Tourism". Participants: Sabine Minninger (Consultant, Tourism, Climate Change and Disaster Prevention), Heinz Fuchs (EED Tourism Watch) Günter Koschwitz (KATE Stuttgart), Jennifer Seif (Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa), Matthias Leisinger (Kuoni Reise AG), Heinz Hirter (Reise Service Imagine), Thomas Müller (Studien-Kontakt-Reisen).

Friday, 11 March, 2011, 11.00-12.30 on the main stage in hall 4.1: Panel Discussion on Tourism and Human Rights. Politicians, business representatives and human rights NGOs will discuss the responsibilities of various stakeholders in tourism (in English and German). Participants: Heinz Fuchs (German Church Development Service - EED Tourism Watch), Christoph Strässer (MP, Committee for Human Rights and Justice of the German Bundestag), Dorothy Ogutu (African Sex Workers Alliance, Kenya), Lena Lawitschka (TUI Germany), Linda Poppe (Survival International, Germany), Michael Windfuhr (German Institute for Human Rights). Presenter: Monika Weiss (domradio, Cologne).

ECPAT Deutschland e.V. / TheCode.org (hall 4.1, stall 208)

Friday, 11 March, 11.00, ICC, room 6: ITB Berlin will sign the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.

Saturday, 12 March 2011, 9.00-15.00: Annual General Meeting The Code, Novotel am Tiergarten, Straße des 17. Juni. (Registration required)

TourCert (hall 4.1, stall 215)

Thursday, 10 March, 2011, 13.30-15.30, ICC Berlin, Saal 13/14. CSR certificates for tour operators and auditors in line with TourCert standards.

Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung (hall 10.2, stall 102)

Friday, 11 March, 2011, 16.00-17.00, ICC Berlin, Dachgartenfoyer: TO DO! 2010 - Contest Socially Responsible Tourism with award winners from Guatemala, Tajikistan, and Thailand.

Saturday, 12 March, 2011, 14.00-15.00, main stage in hall 4.1. TOURA D'OR 2010 - Film Contest on Sustainable Tourism.

Other Events

Friday, 11 March, 2011, 10.30-12.30, ICC, Saal 7: "Global Report on Women in Tourism 2010". Presented by UNWTO and UN Women.

Friday, 11 March, 2011, 14.00 - 16.00, ICC Berlin, Saal 10. Church Forum: Holidays at other people's cost? Labour conditions in tourism (in German only).

Friday, 11 March, 14.30-17.30, ICC Berlin, Saal 7: UNWTO Task Force on the Protection of from against commercial sexual exploitation in tourism.

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