Bound for Berlin

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"You think World Travel Market is big?" they say. "That's nothing. Wait until you see this one. It's five times as big," they add. Well, alright, I think to myself. I'll probably just walk around lost all day. It won't be the first time.

A few years back, at London's World Travel Market, Alan Fredericks and I did just that.

I think we were looking for the company booth, or the press room of our sister publication, Travel Weekly U.K. Or, we might have been looking for the coat room, I can't recall.

What I do recall is that we walked the trade show floor for hours. We made little headway because about every few feet someone who knew Alan would stop us and, of course, we'd stop to chat.

In some cases, we met people who Alan had not seen in many years.

It was then I fully realized that Alan, aside from being Travel Weekly's vice president of editorial and long-time editor in chief of the publication, is an industry celebrity.

He is not going to ITB this year. I'm hoping to find the press room by myself.

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