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Silver Albatross for the ITB Berlin

Silver Albatross for the ITB Berlin ( COTAL honours the commitment shown to Latin America by the leading trade show for the worldwide travel industry

The Confederation of Latin American Tourism Organisations has awarded its silver “Albatross” to the ITB Berlin.

Representing Messe Berlin, David Ruetz, Senior Manager of the ITB Berlin, and Luz-Marina Heruday, Product Manager Latin America, accepted this award from Luis Felipe Aquino, President, Confederación de Organizaciones Turísticas de la América Latina (COTAL), and his board of directors. COTAL will be staging a gala event in Rio de Janeiro to mark the 50th anniversary of its establishment, at which the efforts of the world’s leading trade show for the travel industry to promote the interests of exhibitors and buyers from Central and South America will be honoured.

Brazil was one of the first countries to exhibit at the ITB Berlin, which was created in 1966 under the heading of the “1st Tourism Exchange”. Nowadays all the countries of Latin America, together with service providers, come to the Berlin exhibition halls each year as exhibitors. The ITB Berlin is now acknowledged as the most international trade show anywhere in the world, with 70 per cent of its exhibitors and 40 per cent of its trade visitors coming from abroad. Representatives of every stage in the value-added chain of the travel industry meet in the 26 halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Each year in March more than 180 countries and regions and just under 11,000 exhibitors attend this event in the German capital.

The other winners of the award are the director of the Panamanian tourism institute IPAT, the country’s Minister of Tourism Rubén Blades, and the Brazilian airline TAM. Blades is also the winner of several Grammies, and has interrupted his musical career to take political office. Since 1961 TAM has evolved from being a small regional air taxi company to its present position as the Brazilian market leader with a staff of 9,400, serving 72 domestic and nine international destinations.

Official partner country of the ITB Berlin 2008 Press contacts: Messe Berlin: Michael T. Hofer Group Press and Public Relations Director ITB Berlin: Astrid Ehring: Press Officer Messedamm 22 D-14055 Berlin Tel.:+4930 3038 -2275 Fax: + 4930 3038-2141 For additional details: Management: Raimund Hosch (CEO), Dr. Christian Göke Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Dr. Ralf Corsten Companies Register: Amtsgericht (District Court) Charlottenburg, HRB 5484 B

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