Last weekend we visited the ITB in Berlin to get ideas for new adventures, to interview destinations and to participate in the ITB Blogger Speed Dating. We especially liked that you could experience the culture of some destinations right away at the exhibition. For example we really enjoyed the ceremony of preparation and drinking Kava when we visited the booth of the South Pacific Islands.

South Pacific Islands Tourism at ITB Berlin


ITB Speed Dating

The ITB Blogger Speed Dating is an event where bloggers and destinations have 8 minutes’ time to introduce and get to know each other.

At the blogger speed dating registration desk we received a list with all the appointments we had during the event. Each event on our list had a table number included.

The speed dating area was filled with small tables where the event took place. Moreover, we were also provided with snacks and drinks which were free of charge.

Blogger Speed Dating at ITB Berlin

There was also an ITB photographer who took pictures of us while dating and we had to sign a form that we would agree that our pictures could be used and published.

Each session ended with an announcement that was time to change to the next table.

However, since the number of dates were limited we were not able to meet every destination we were interested in. That’s why we decided to meet some more destinations on their own booth before and after the speed dating event itself.

In general, we found the speed dating event a really good idea. Just make sure to set up appointments immediately the moment the matchmaking tool is made available as there are only limited number of appointments available and they might be quickly booked.


Impressions

Here are a view impressions from the ITB.

Germany

Goat cheese from the Ziegenalm Sophienhof in the Harz.

Ziegenalm Sophienhof im Harz at ITB Berlin

Indonesia

Traditional costumes from Indonesia. The Indonesian booth was quite impressive.

Indonesia Tourism at ITB Berlin

Japan

Konstantin getting ideas for his upcoming trip to Japan in August.

Japan National Tourism Organization at ITB Berlin

Rwanda

Rwanda did a really great preformance at 19.00 when the exhibition center was about to close.

Rwanda Tourism at ITB Berlin

Scotland

Our visit at the Scottish booth reminded us on our packrafting trip on the River Dee in 2016.

Scottish Tourist Board at the ITB in Berlin

Taiwan

Taiwan offered us delicious Oolong Tea. Patrick bought a package of Oolong Tea just after the show when he returned to Finland.

Taiwan Tourism an ITB Berlin

Tallink Silja Line is travelling between Finland, Estonia and Stockholm. Patrick has been traveling with them in the past.

Tallink & Silja Line with Harri Hylje Maskot at ITB Berlin

Vietnam

They performed parts from the Ionah show, which were very impressive.

Vietnam Tourism Ionah Show at ITB Berlin

SalzburgerLand Tourismus

It was very nice to meet Victoria in person, who told us more about the “digital detox” opportunities in Salburgerland.

Salzburgerland Tourism at the ITB in Berlin

Stenden University of Applied Sciences

Our University were we have both studied Tourism Management and where Konstantin is working as a lecturer.

Stenden University of Applied Science at ITB Berlin

Swedish Lapland Visitors Board

Konstantin met one of his old students at the Swedish Lapland Visitors Board.

Swedish Lapland Visitors Board at the ITB in Berlin

Vorarlberg Tourism

Katrin from Vorarlberg Tourismus offered us Almdudler. Patrick has lived and studied in Vorarlberg in the past.

Vorarlberg Tourism at the ITB in Berlin


Interviews

In the next days we will publish a series of interviews which we conducted at the ITB with a couple of destinations. Subscribe to our RSS feed if you don’t want to miss them!

*Åland

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Colorado
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Montenegro
  • South Pacific Islands
  • South Tirol
  • Suriname
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan

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