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ITB Berlin 2009 supports and presents TO DO Award 2008

ITB Berlin 2009 supports and presents TO DO Award 2008 (Forimmediaterelease.net) The Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung (Institute for Tourism and Development) is now accepting applications for the international competitions “TO DO! Contest on Socially Responsible Tourism” (deadline August 31, 2008) and the “TOURA D'OR Film Contest for Sustainable Tourism” (deadline September 30, 2008).

Since 1995 the TO DO! is awarded to tourism-related projects which ensure the involvement of the different interests and requirements of the local people through participation. The biannual TOURA D'OR contest first took place in 1990. The TOURA D’OR is awarded to professional film productions which are committed to making tourism socially responsible and environmentally compatible and sustainable.

The awards ceremony will take place during ITB Berlin 2009. For further information please see: www.to-do-contest.org , respectively www.tourador-contest.org .

The focus of the independent Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung (Institute for Tourism and Development) is on development-related information and education for the tourism sector. The institute edits publications (see SympathieMagazine), holds training seminars for tour guides, is active in tourism research and consulting and organizes international contests that promote sustainability in tourism.

“ITB Berlin is very much aware of the responsibilities that the tourism sector bears in respect to society as a whole, and for this reason we support the Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung,” said David Ruetz, senior manager of ITB Berlin. “As the leading trade show for the tourism industry, ITB Berlin sees itself as a link between research and science on one hand and companies, markets and society on the other. ITB uses this key position in order to actively support tourism research and to further the dialogue with companies that strive to make their products and services economically, socially and ecologically responsible.”

ITB Berlin is the world’s leading trade show for the global travel industry. From March 11 to 15, 2009, close to 11,000 exhibitors will be presenting their products and services on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Tourism companies from over 180 countries and territories will have their stands in 26 display halls, covering 160,000 square meters. Every link in the value chain of the travel industry will be represented at the ITB Berlin - countries, destinations, tour operators, global distribution systems, carriers, hotels and much, much more. The hall layout, organized by destination and travel market segments, provides an overview of the entire range of the industry’s products.

The ITB Berlin Conventions Market Trends&Innovations is the largest convention for the travel industry worldwide and functions as a think tank for the travel sector. The ITB Business Travel Days and href="mailto:PhoCusWright@ITB">PhoCusWright@ITB highlight the latest developments in this realm. In 2008, ITB Berlin Convention had a total attendance of 11,000 people. For more details see: www.itb-convention.com

Messe Berlin: Michael T. Hofer Director, Press & Public Relations ITB Berlin: Astrid Ehring Press Officer Messedamm 22 D-14055 Berlin Tel.:+ 4930 3038-2275 Fax: + 4930 3038-2141 Email: ehring@messe-berlin.de

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