A festive opening gala on 6 March 2018 with leading figures from politics and tourism – A spectacular programme of shows by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the partner region of ITB Berlin, will kick off the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show.
Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor, speaks at the opening gala
Numerous celebrities will be attending the World’s Largest Travel Trade Show, with Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel due to hold a speech that marks her opening of ITB Berlin. On 6 March 2018, on the eve of the show, ITB Berlin and this year’s partner region Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will be extending an invitation to the opening ceremony in Hall B at the CityCube Berlin.
For the first time the event, which is by special invitation only, will leave a zero carbon footprint. The following will welcome the guests with speeches: Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller, President of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) Dr. Michael Frenzel, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili, and Minister President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Manuela Schwesig.
From left to right: Michael Frenzel, President of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW); Michael Müller, Governing Mayor; Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin; Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor; Manuela Schwesig, Minister President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH will represent ITB Berlin. The evening’s hosts will be the well-known TV presenter Judith Rakers and Tobias Woitendorf, deputy managing director and marketing and communications director of the tourism association of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin
Taking as its slogan ’The Spirit of Nature', Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the official partner region of ITB Berlin, will be fascinating guests with an impressive programme of shows, where tradition will inspire modernity and vice versa. 80 performing artists from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern who are directly associated with the federal state that is Germany’s most popular holiday destination will be taking part.
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