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March 09, 2009

Live coverage of ITB Berlin – the next best thing to being there!

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ITB Berlin 2009, one of the most important global travel shows

There is so much going on at ITB Berlin 2009, and this year Cape Town Tourism made arrangements to bring it to you live from the Berlin Messe. My name is Kurt Ackermann, a Cape Town-based travel blogger and travel technology consultant, and I’ll be posting several times a day this week direct from the ITB conference sessions, and from the exhibition floor.

From March 11 to 14 I’ll be your virtual eyes and ears, and my aim is to bring you the highlights from the news, insights, trend data, and other information presented in the PhoCusWright Blogger’s Summit sessions I’m participating in, all posted right here on the capetown.travel blog. I’ll also be taking photos, shooting some video and trying to bring you as much of the flavour and excitement of ITB Berlin as possible. (And who knows – I may even skinner a bit if my network of industry spies tosses a juicy morsel my way ...)

So if you’re keen to know about the latest in online social networking or travel technology trends, want to hear about the hot new world-changing travel companies, see how luxury and high-tech go best together, or gain insight into the key pay-per click advertising secrets, you’ll want to stay glued to capetown.travel this week. On Thursday, I’ll also be part of a workshop on philanthropy and responsible travel and will bring you the latest on responsible travel initiatives from around the world at the “fringe” Responsible Travel networking event (the best stuff always happens at the fringe first!)

Of course, this being the Internet, you don’t have to just sit there and read my stuff: get involved! If you have questions or comments about an entry, post them here on the blog. If there’s something – or someone – you’d like me to try to track down or want an opinion on something during ITB, feel free to send me an e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or post a note to the Afrika T Facebook page and I’ll do my best.

And, if several posts a day aren’t enough to satisfy your ITB urge, you can follow my tweets (see www.twitter.com if you don’t know what I’m talking about) from twitter.com/kurt_a or live from my own blog on responsible travel in sub-Saharan Africa, Afrika T, at afrikatourism.blogspot.com.

Postscript: for those who are curious about the full programme I’m covering, it’s posted online.

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