Welcome to ITB Berlin!

ITB is the biggest and also one of the most important travel trade fairs in the world. And no, it’s not just for the German market, it’s international!

First-timers will find it simply massive and overwhelming! Others who have been before will find it huge and stressful, especially if you are not organized. Travel Dudes loves attending this event as it is great for networking.

For us, ITB travel is a Must-Go! 5 – 7 March 2024!

The world is represented in 26 halls and many halls provide 3 to 4 levels! There are even 3, 4 different bus lines, bringing people from hall to hall on different routes!

It’s easy to get lost. I’ve used the ITB travel app to find my way along successfully. But you should try to be more organized, especially if you want to meet people. Before making any appointments, take a look on the map and see in which hall which country is located. Keep in mind that it can take up to 30 minutes to reach your next appointment!

So leave time between appointments and do not make too many per day. Or be smart about how you set up the next appointment and try to have the next appointment close to the hall of your first one.

Tip: Take a shortcut through the park to get to your next meeting. The park lies in the center of the exhibition and by using it, you don’t have to push through crowds. It’s also easier to find your way along, as each hall got huge signs on their walls.

Register as well for the digital ITBxplore platform. Here you can connect to others in the travel industry, but also find exhibitors and plan meetings with them.

Leverage ITB Berlin’s digital tool ITBxplore to maximize your success at the show with an online platform that makes it easy to network with industry players and schedule key meetings. Increase your brand visibility before the event by creating an enticing profile and sharing compelling content about your company, brand or service. Share your expertise and make meaningful connections.

ITB travel is not just a must for the industry, but should is also necessary for professional travel bloggers!

It’s the eleventh year of ITB Berlin now, that it is open for this new and uprising industry. In the past ITB provided many very interesting presentations, workshops and discussions. If there are any this year, you will find most of them in the eTravel World (hall 6.1).

There will be two stages, the eTravel Stage (hall 6.1) and eTravel Lab (hall 7.1c). Workshops can be found in the eTravel Lab and the eTravel Stage will have innovative sessions and discussions.

Guide to ITB: Things to watch out for

The Travel Dudes & BudgetTraveller – ITB Travel Tweet-up 2023:

When: Wednesday 6th
Time: 19:00 – 23:55
Location: The Social Hub Berlin Mitte, Alexanderstraße 40, 10179 Berlin
Ticket: .eventbrite.de/e/the-travel-dudes-budgettraveller-itb-travel-tweet-up-2023-tickets

Networking event for the ITB 2024.

Supporting the event is still possible! Contact us for more info and use our networking event for your own outreach!

ITB Media Center

Welcome to the event’s Media Center, the central hub for bloggers, journalists and media professionals, conveniently located at the heart of the event.

Equipped to support the narrative of your work, the Center is open from 9 am to 8 pm, catering to the avid early arrivers and the ones who stay until the fair closes its doors. Tailored for accredited members of the press, this space ensures streamlined and professional access, with press credentials or event media passes as your key to entry.

Inside, you will find everything from high-speed Wi-Fi and personal workstations to soundproof interview rooms, allowing you to produce, edit and broadcast with ease.

But the Media Center is not just about work; it also offers a lounge area for essential networking, refreshment stations, and plenty of power sources to charge your gear. This ‘quiet oasis’ can be found within the bustling atmosphere of the main exhibit hall, where it serves as a fully equipped retreat just steps away from the event action.

When: Monday 4th
Time: 09:00 – 18:00
Location: Hall 6.3

Travel Massive – ITB Party

When: Tuesday 5th
Time: 19:00 – 23:55
Location: The Social Hub Berlin Mitte, Alexanderstraße 40, 10179 Berlin
Ticket: eventbrite.com/e/travel-massive-berlin-itb-party-2023-tickets-526496805117

Here you will find the complete overview of exhibitors: itb.com/en/itb-berlin-for-visitors/exhibitor-list/

Tip: Arrive on Monday to meet up with friends and colleagues & on Wednesday our Travel Dudes Tweet-Up, but also to be at ITB from the first day! The first three days it’s not open to the public and you can move from hall to hall much faster. But that’s also when the right people are still at the exhibition.

In the past years many left on Friday before ITB Berlin opened its doors to the public. Then it got mad and you didn’t even need try to have any successful meetings. At the stands, you mainly found hostesses and if you should have organized a meeting upfront, your opponent will be exhausted and tired of the days before… just like you. And you do want to meet them to do business, right?

BUT, this year the trade fair ends on Thursday evening! A good option would be to stay for 1-3 extra days and explore Berlin.

Then there are as well again the ITB convention program.

Come to ITB Berlin to stay ahead of the curve on the latest industry trends!

With keynotes, panel discussions, and expert interviews on cutting-edge topics like travel technology, marketing & distribution, future travel, MICE, sustainability and social responsibility, hospitality, business travel, future work and more – you won’t want to miss out.

Plus, awards will be given for excellence in various fields. Join us at the world’s leading travel industry convention to gain valuable insights and practical advice from some of the brightest minds in the business!

Where to stay: There are many great districts to discover a bit more of Berlin, while you visit the ITB. But expect heavy traffic when going or leaving ITB. There are a few hotels providing an ITB travel shuttle service! Find them here. But there are as well many apartments to rent, hostels, boutique hotels and B&B’s.

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Guide to ITB For Industry and Travel Influencers

For you:

Travel blogging and social media is new to you and your business, but you are interested in working with top travel influencers? Or you already got experience, realize the potential and would like to heave your campaigns and strategies to the next level? Or you are a travel blogger, but are now at a point to take the next steps, looking for a strong partner?

Then contact us and let’s meet, Travel Dudes 

Also read: Understanding Professional Travel Blogging: Explained with a Case Study

THE ITB SPEED NETWORKING GUIDE

How to Speed Date at ITB

  1. Before signing up to participate, know what exhibitors want to achieve from the ITB Speed Dating. Exhibitors want to meet people that might want to communicate content about a destination or their business as well as support for their social media activities.
     
  2. Once you receive the Log-In for the matching tool fill out your profile fully. Speed dating is a two-way decision. You need sponsors who are interested in working with what you want to do and provide. Exhibitors want to meet their marketing and promotion needs. The more information you provide about your blog and yourself, the better for both sides.
     
  3. Spend some time researching which exhibitors you want to meet with and what your aims and expectations are, before scheduling appointments. The exhibitor profiles in the matching tool will include information about the company, as well as aims of the company at the Speed Dating. You should also take a look at the exhibitor’s website in order to make a decision of whether they are the type of company you want to work with.
     
  4. Plan your appointments carefully and cancel meetings in time, in case you can not keep the appointment.
     
  5. Register yourself as a buyer at the Virtual Market Place to schedule additional meetings beforehand or to plan follow-up meetings with the industry more easily. itb.com/en/itb-berlin-for-visitors/exhibitor-directory/
     
  6. Formulate questions and your interests for the meetings beforehand to use your 8minutes-slots in the most effective way.
ITB travel
Guide to ITB For Industry and Travel Influencers

ITB Travel Guide: How to Speed Date for exhibitors

  1. Before signing up to participate, know what your opponent want to achieve from speed dating. Bloggers want to meet people that they might partner with on future projects. Project types may include: the exchange of travel for content on their blog about the location or company; finding companies that want to purchase photography, video or written content; being hired to assist the company’s social media efforts and types of projects of that nature.
     
  2. Once you receive the Log-In for the matching tool, fill out your profile fully. Speed dating is a two-way decision. You need bloggers that meet your marketing and promotion needs, but bloggers are also looking for potential industry sponsors connected to what they want to do and provide. The more information you provide about your business and expectations, the better for both sides.
     
  3. Spend some time researching which bloggers you want to meet with and target groups you want to reach, before scheduling appointments. Their profiles on the matching tool will include information about where their readers come from and what types of things they write about. You should also take a look at their websites and possibly also their Facebook Fan pages or Twitter feeds, in order to make a determination of whether they are the type of person you want to work with. 
     
  4. Please include a second contact person of your company in your planning. This person could support you during the ITB Blogger Speed Dating or can act in your place if necessary.
     
  5. Plan your appointments carefully and cancel meetings in time, in case you can not keep the appointment.
     
  6. Register yourself at the Virtual Market Place ITBxplore to schedule additional meetings beforehand or to plan follow-up meetings with the bloggers more easily. Please see itb.com/en/itb-berlin-for-visitors/exhibitor-directory/
     
  7. Formulate questions and your interests for the meetings beforehand to use your 8minutes-slots in the most effective way.
     
  8. If you have any questions or want more information about any particular blogger, it is perfectly acceptable to contact them directly.

  • Travel Dudes

    I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences I had whilst traveling. You’re in a certain place and a fellow traveler, or a local, tip you off on a little-known beach, bar or accommodation. Great travel tips from other travelers or locals always add something special to our travels. That was the inspiration for Travel Dudes.




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