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January 24, 2014

Business Travel Days at ITB Berlin

From March 5 to 7, ITB Berlin will host Business Travel Days for business travel professionals and event managers to meet and learn about new ideas. The two slogans of the three-day event are "Creating added value for today" and "Knowing what is important tomorrow."

On Thursday, March 8, Peter Schaar, the former federal commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, will speak about "leaving a data trail on one's travels – how accessible should traveler information be?" Of note, he will discuss the controversial issue of IATA's new distribution capability, which is a main element of its sales concept. He will also address the issue of the excessive amounts of data being collected by security agencies. 

Another highlight will be the keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walter, who in 1993 was an astronaut on board the Space Shuttle and who is currently the chair of the Aerospace Systems Department at the Technical University of Munich. His report, entitled 'Travelling with NASA,' includes a 'Photographic journey around the Earth', his view on the prospects for space tourism and his personal experiences of settling travel expenses with NASA.

This year, a Business Travel Theme Day will be taking place for the first time. On Friday, March 7, the focus will be on "efficiently managing employees abroad." Speaker Michael H. Wurche was a national Lufthansa representative in Bolivia, and in 1983 was held captive by kidnappers for eleven days. He has turned this brutal experience into something positive and is now able to give advice on how to avoid dangerous situations. Full details of the programme are available at www.itb-convention.com/program.

The Home of Business Travel by ITB & VDR, a lounge in Hall 7.1a, will provide visitors with an opportunity to network in a relaxed atmosphere. Following its launch last year, the Home of Business Travel, which was set up by Messe Berlin and the German Travel Management Association (VDR), is a place where industry professionals can find out more about services and options for optimizing business trips. Co-exhibitors including AirPlus International, Business Visum GmbH, Concur (Germany) GmbH, Derpart Travel Service, Egencia GmbH, FCm Travel Solutions, Holiday Inn Berlin Airport – Conference Centre, SAP and TS24 Travel Solutions will be showcasing solutions for professional management before, during and after business trips. The Home of Business Travel will also focus on furthering participants' knowledge, with the display area being devoted to holding lectures and discussion rounds at the ITB Business Travel Days.

A trade visitor pass to ITB Berlin grants admission to all the lectures and seminars at the Business Travel Days.

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