Successful ITB Berlin shows: Travel industry predicts an excellent business year

The resounding success of ITB Berlin 2024 underscores the travel industry’s anticipation of a prosperous business year ahead. Despite facing global crises, the event radiated confidence, revealing an unyielding desire among people to explore the world. Central to discussions were the escalating significance of AI, the persistent shortage of skilled labor, and the imperative for climate justice.

ITB Berlin, acclaimed as the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show, once again demonstrated its pivotal role as the premier international platform for business, innovation, and networking. Despite challenges like widespread strikes, the event saw a slight increase in attendance, with nearly 100,000 visitors converging from around the globe. Over 5,500 exhibitors from 170 countries illuminated the event, occupying all 27 exhibition halls at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

Dr. Mario Tobias, CEO of Messe Berlin, remarked on the event’s reflection of industry dynamics, noting the unwavering desire to travel and stable market demand. The accompanying ITB Berlin Convention, featuring 400 leading international speakers across 200 sessions, further underscored the industry’s commitment to innovation and forward-thinking strategies.

The ITB Buyers Circle, with its 1,300 senior buyers, served as a vital industry barometer, reaffirming ITB Berlin’s significance as a premier business platform. The Global Travel Buyer Index, compiled in collaboration with Dr. Fried & Partner, revealed a positive market sentiment and optimistic outlook for business in the coming months.

The event garnered significant attention from media and political circles, with over 3,200 accredited journalists and numerous political dignitaries in attendance. AI emerged as a dominant theme, with the ITB Berlin Convention featuring a dedicated AI Track, emphasizing its transformative potential across the industry.

Industry leaders, including Glenn Fogel of Booking Holdings and Charuta Fadnis of Phocuswright, highlighted the pivotal role of AI in enhancing customer experiences and driving sales. Discussions also addressed pressing issues like climate justice and skills shortages, with calls for collective action and sustainable solutions.

Looking ahead, ITB Berlin 2025 anticipates Albania as the host country, marking another milestone in the event’s illustrious history. Scheduled for March 4-6, 2025, the event will continue to pioneer the transition in travel and tourism, fostering collaboration and innovation to address current and future industry challenges.

Since its inception in 1966, ITB Berlin has remained at the forefront of the travel industry, offering unparalleled opportunities for industry stakeholders to connect, innovate, and shape the future of travel. With over 24,000 visitors expected to attend, ITB Berlin 2025 promises to uphold its legacy as the premier destination for global travel professionals.

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