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Q&A with Petra Hedorfer, chief executive officer, German National Tourist Board (GNTB)

Assessment of the current situation in inbound tourism and a look ahead to the future of travel to Germany

From March 9-12, 2021, ITB Berlin will provide the industry with an online platform for networking, business and content as an entirely virtual event.

The German National Tourist Office, Gulf countries (GNTO), the local affiliate of the German National Tourism Board (GNTB), has appointed Yamina Sofo as its new director sales and marketing.

Germany's incoming tourism figures have reached a record high for the 10th time in a row in 2019. This is according to (preliminary) data from the Federal Statistical Office, 89,9 million international overnight stays in accommodation were registered from January to December.

Germany’s second biggest city Hamburg is becoming one of the favourite European travel destinations for Gulf travellers, with an increasing number of new and exciting experiences and events for both the young and the old to enjoy in the Hanseatic city.

ITB Berlin and IPK International latest findings show that there are five percent more international trips, outbound travel from the Americas which have shown solid growth in 2018 with a plus of five percent. In contrast to 2017, where North American growth exceeded Latin America, the first eight months of 2018 reflected the contrary.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) one of Japan’s largest and five-star airline for six consecutive years, is proud to announce that its first Airbus A380 has rolled out of the Airbus Paintshop in Hamburg, Germany.


With the help of an initiative by Verband Internet Reisevertrieb (VIR), one of Germany’s leading association for the digital travel industry, German tourism companies are due to make a joint appearance at ITB China 2019, which will take place from May 15 – 17, 2019 in Shanghai.

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is due to participate in this year’s edition of the Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology (SMM) Hamburg Exhibition in Germany alongside the Dubai Chamber in September.

Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region with properties across the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, announced the inauguration of three new Global Sales Offices in Paris, Milan and Amsterdam.