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.
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.
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.
Here are a view impressions from the ITB.
Goat cheese from the Ziegenalm Sophienhof in the Harz.
Traditional costumes from Indonesia. The Indonesian booth was quite impressive.
Konstantin getting ideas for his upcoming trip to Japan in August.
Rwanda did a really great preformance at 19.00 when the exhibition center was about to close.
Our visit at the Scottish booth reminded us on our packrafting trip on the River Dee in 2016.
Taiwan offered us delicious Oolong Tea. Patrick bought a package of Oolong Tea just after the show when he returned to Finland.
Tallink Silja Line
Tallink Silja Line is travelling between Finland, Estonia and Stockholm. Patrick has been traveling with them in the past.
They performed parts from the Ionah show, which were very impressive.
It was very nice to meet Victoria in person, who told us more about the “digital detox” opportunities in Salburgerland.
Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Our University were we have both studied Tourism Management and where Konstantin is working as a lecturer.
Swedish Lapland Visitors Board
Konstantin met one of his old students at the Swedish Lapland Visitors Board.
Katrin from Vorarlberg Tourismus offered us Almdudler. Patrick has lived and studied in Vorarlberg in the past.
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!
- South Pacific Islands
- South Tirol
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