ITB sets March 11 debut

BERLIN -- The International Tourism Exchange (ITB) for 2000, scheduled for March 11 to 15, is expected to draw more than 7,000 exhibitors from 180 nations and territories, according to Messe Berlin, which organizes the trade fair.

According to a spokesman, the ITB 2000 again will set aside two days exclusively for trade visitors, March 13 and 14; on other days, the event is open to the general public as well.

Exhibitors will generally be organized geographically, although there will be a separate hall just for suppliers focusing on the youth travel market, while another hall will be devoted to the cruise industry.

"In the future, it is planned to devote a single hall to Art Cities in Europe," the spokesman said.

The ITB 2000 will also feature a number of conferences, seminars and presentations, such as a World Youth Travel Summit, a conference on senior citizen travel, a seminar on business travel, and forums on incentive travel and African tourism.

Another conference on the ITB 2000 agenda is called Electronics in Tourism, from March 13 to 15, focusing on the Internet's impact on operators, agents, hotels and consumers.

The Electronics in Tourism conference will feature a special exhibition area for suppliers of multimedia, data processing, on-line, telecommunications and related products.

For general information, see the ITB Web site at www.itb-berlin.de; for registration information and details, contact the U.S. office of Messe Berlin in Fredericksburg, Va.
Phone: (540) 372-3777
Fax (540) 372-1414
E-mail: [email protected]

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