ITB Berlin 2013 ! A great fair for Saint-Martin

itb berlin 2013On the picture : Silviane JOHN, Director French St-Martin Tourism Office; Olivier LOUIS, Sales Manager Europe, Alexandra VIOTTY, Chargée de promotion Europe, Darrick EMAN, La Samanna Hotel, Manon CASTELIN, Radisson Blu St-Martin, Marilyne PIRRACHIO & Aline CHAN TIEN, Le Domaine Hotel; Béatrice HERVE l’Hoste Hotel .

The French Saint-Martin Tourism Office attended ITB in Berlin, Germany from March 6th to 10th 2013.

With a total of 172,132 visitors, including 113,006 professionals and not less than 10 644 exhibitors on a total area of 160,000 m2 (source: ITB), ITB Berlin is the largest tradeshow of the tourism industry in Europe.

The French Saint-Martin Tourism Office who shared the booth with several hotels and Air France were located in the Caribbean Village.
This show targets both the general public and the tourism professionals (Tour Operators, Travel Agencies, Airlines and Media).

This delegation was composed of:
- Silviane JOHN, Director French St-Martin Tourist Office
- Olivier LOUIS, Sales Manager Europe
- Alexandra VIOTTY, Promotion Europe
- Stéphanie BESSIERE, Director of Tourism at the Collectivity of St-Martin
- Darrick EMAN, La Samanna Hotel
- Manon CASTELIN, Radisson Blu St-Martin
- Marilyne PIRRACHIO & Aline CHAN TIEN, Le Domaine Hotel
- Béatrice HERVE, L'Hoste Hotel

By 2020, Germany is expected to be one of the largest markets in terms of international travelers.
itb berlin 2013 2The German market stands out with a 27% increase of travels in 2012. It is the third consecutive year of growth (Source: World Tourism Organization). German tourists are not only those who travel more internationally, but they also spend the most.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) sees great potential in this market for the Caribbean destinations. Several studies of the German market expect an increase of travels in 2013.

For several years now, the French Saint-Martin Tourism Office led action in Germany in partnership with tourism promotion agencies such as: Atout France and the CTO.
The Tourism Office hosted a group of about 20 German travel agents in collaboration with AG Karibik (CTO’s office in Germany) and the tour operator Meier's last December.

ITB is the perfect time for the French Saint-Martin Tourism Office to meet institutional partners like Atout France and the CTO to get updates and information on the marketing actions and strategy that will be put in place on that particular market.
Carol Hay, Director of Marketing of CTO’s Europe Chapter gathered all marketing managers, directors of tourism to a working session « CTO Update meeting » during which communication recommendations were shared to improve Public Relations and informed them of the LIAT new routes.

The Tourism Office also participated in several workshops organized by Atout France Germany which will lead to press trips focusing on honeymoons, weddings, eco-tourism, sailing and more.

itb berlin 2013 1The Director of the Tourism Office was interviewed by CTO Media about promotional actions in collaboration with the CTO Europe Chapter and in the United States and Saint-martin feedbakc on being at ITB. This interview will be aired on several TV channels (CMC Caribbean Media Corporation Caribbean Cable Channel) and is already available on CTO’s website.

Meetings with several key media and major European tour operators such as Meier's and Dertour from Germany and tour operators and travel agents from Canada, the USA, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Russia were organized. Many foreign investors seemed interested by the destination and a first contact was made.

ITB Berlin is indeed the most important marketplace for the global travel industry.
It is a great opportunity for Saint-Martin to do business-to-business with the professionals and seduce a larger crowd of consumers.
This year at the show more than a 1500 promotional brochures on the destination were distributed.

About Saint-Martin ...
Being one of the leading destinations in the Caribbean, the island of Saint Martin has what it takes to suit everyone’s taste.
The 37 beautiful white sandy beaches, the island’s highly respected gastronomy, the numerous festivities, the 2 carnivals – one on the French side in February/ March and one in April on the Dutch side, the enticing nightlife and the cultural events that take place all year long make up saint-Martin as a unique place in the Caribbean.
Nature lovers will discover the Nature Reserve, zipline in the tropical forest canopy or relax around the L’Eau Lounge Pool a natural spring fed swimming pool at the Loterie Farm.
Shopping lovers will not be let down as Saint-Martin offers a wide range of items going from perfumes to jewellery, clothing to electronics at the best prices. Unanimously, the feeling of unity on the island where 80 different nationalities make the population naturally warm and welcoming.

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