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Anyone Going To ITB (tourism Fair) Next Week?  
User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

I'm wondering if anyone is going to the ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Börse = Int'l Tourism Fair) in Berlin next week? Many airlines will be there and they usually give away nice stuff.  thumbsup 


Regards
Udo

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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

I could puke right now!

I am really interested to visit the ITB and I was just thinking: "The perfect opportunity to use one of these crappy ID tickets which I get via my girlfriend" but seconds later I realized that no airline is flying HAM-BER and the ICE is probably too expensive  Angry.

Patrick


User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (reply 1):
I realized that no airline is flying HAM-BER and the ICE is probably too expensive


Oh yes, our famous "Bahn" certainly charges rip off fares. I don't have a choice and drive up - but I would do that even WITH appropriate rail connections down here.


Regards
Udo


User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2004 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

I will be there now for the 17th time - without a brake since 1988 !

User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3014 times:

Chiguire,

Will you be there every day? Where will you be located at?


Regards
Udo


User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2004 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3003 times:

I am there from 12 to 14. And around almost everywhere. Just looking for Airlines.

User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

Will be in Berlin from Saturday till Tuesday - and will go by DB because driving car at this weather suc*s.

Boeing has an own stand again, Airbus doesn't.

But I am going to visit the airlines anyway, best is that Monday and Tuesday are not that full.



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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

what airlines have stands at the ITB?


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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2991 times:

Hi, Avianca,
lots of Arabic airlines have own stands, such as Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Yemenia, Iran Air, Mahan Air, ... lots of other airlines are sharing desks at tourist organisations.

almost every airline flying to Germany and lots of airlines all over the world. Last year I also saw Maledives Air Taxi.

Go to www.itb-berlin.de and check out, Avianca. Or are you interested in a special airline?

[Edited 2005-03-06 16:02:24]


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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2977 times:

Quoting Udo (reply 2):
Oh yes, our famous "Bahn" certainly charges rip off fares. I


Aaaaah, yes Germany's favorite domestic enemy - everybody thinks he is expert in railway system here.
Udo, I will go by train from Frankfurt and have got special rates for ITB. Better to inform yourself than bashing companies .  24 Euros each way for 2x4 hrs ICE ride isn't too expensive in my opinion.
Also 93 % of DB's trains are in time (source: Spiegel) and that's much more than any airline that flies to bigger airports can offer.

[Edited 2005-03-06 16:17:07]


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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

looks very intresting, sadly I am still ill at home...


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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

Avianca, got the flue? At the moment almost everybody has flue or ill back.


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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2957 times:

Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 11):
Avianca, got the flue? At the moment almost everybody has flue or ill back.


oh yes  Smile



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User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

To be honest, AV, there are some more exciting things I can imagine than walking through fair halls with lots of people.
On the other hand it's cool to talk with the airline representitives, especially mon and tue when halls are not that full.



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

I just checked the train fares, 110 EUR for an ICE ride to Berlin an back  Wow!.

Rip-off  Angry

Patrick


User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2933 times:

lol @ Sabena. Very simple solution (like plane fares): get your discount by booking earlier or use periods that are not that busy.
ITB Berlin - check out hotel fares, which have double price than normal, check out DBA or LH fares where cheap prices are sold out (or weren't offered).
Rip Off? Planes and trains are full to/from ITB - DB offered fares for 24 Euro each route, also free tickets with night trains (couchette) for travel agents. Sorry, but I didn't find any airline that brought people to the ITB without costs.
I get my ticket paid from our company, but I still try not to spend that much money - rip off during ITB are hotel costs, that's for sure.



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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2915 times:

I'm still considering it - not sure when or if I'll go, but if I do go to Berlin, I'll do absolutely everything to avoid going there on either Saturday or Sunday...

Maybe I'll take a day off on Monday... visit the colleagues that were unlucky enough to be damned into having to stand there during the fair... Big grin ... and I still need to get rid of some overtime and some days off that I didn't use last year...



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User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2901 times:

Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 9):
Aaaaah, yes Germany's favorite domestic enemy - everybody thinks he is expert in railway system here.


Really? Who?  confused 


Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 9):
Udo, I will go by train from Frankfurt and have got special rates for ITB.


Good for you! Congratulations! Wonders still happen!  eyepopping 


Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 9):
. Better to inform yourself than bashing companies


It's always a pleasure to get advice from the  old 


Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 9):
24 Euros each way for 2x4 hrs ICE ride isn't too expensive in my opinion.


Such a fare cannot generally be found on DB's network. So the example is far from being representative.  sarcastic 


Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 9):
Also 93 % of DB's trains are in time (source: Spiegel) and that's much more than any airline that flies to bigger airports can offer.


Really? Have you compared the stats?  eyebrow 


Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 15):
Very simple solution (like plane fares): get your discount by booking earlier or use periods that are not that busy.


DB's fares are still far away from being comparable to LCC airline fares...


Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 15):
Sorry, but I didn't find any airline that brought people to the ITB without costs.


Who would expect a free ride?  nosy 



Regards
Udo


User currently offlineFocus From Israel, joined Feb 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2894 times:

I was an exhibitor at ITB 2004 (not for an airline, though). With the ITB being the largest tourism fair in the world, attending or exhibiting there is a great experience, in which you get to see people from every, and I do mean EVERY, corner on earth.

Other than that, however, I would not recommend just visiting the fair - certainly if your business is not in the tourism industry. Admission is very expensive (about 40 Euros), the fair is just too big and not easy to wander around (as opposed to its competitor, the WTM, for example), and lodging prices in the area skyrocket.

When it comes to seeing airlines and receiving gifts, I wouldn't expect much. You won't see planes, but boring desks with marketing specialists, trying to "hunt" tourism agents. Most of them do their job with great success, but with little to enrich the airliners enthusiast's world. The gifts you'll walk out with will generally be some plastic bags, a funny hat and the occasional chocolate.

So, if I was to be asked, ITB can be a lot of fun for a few hours if someone is paying for your hotel and your badge. If not, and especially if tourism is not your business, you might be a little disappointed.

--Focus


User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2887 times:

Quoting Focus (reply 18):
Other than that, however, I would not recommend just visiting the fair - certainly if your business is not in the tourism industry. Admission is very expensive (about 40 Euros)


The admission is around 12 Euro for the public, or just half of it for students, disabled people and kids.


Quoting Focus (reply 18):
When it comes to seeing airlines and receiving gifts, I wouldn't expect much.


I have always got lots of stuff, ranging from stickers, pens, pins up to posters or interesting brochures. But it depends on the airlines. Asian and Arabian carriers are much more generous than Europeans or others.


Regards
Udo


User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

lol, Udo, I can show you the ticket. And it's 24 Euro. Of course they don't sell thousands of them.

Very simple: first come, first serve. And when you're too late, you have to pay more. That's life.



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User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2831 times:

Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 20):
lol, Udo, I can show you the ticket. And it's 24 Euro. Of course they don't sell thousands of them.


I cannot remember having questioned that ticket price...  confused 
But if it makes you happy to show it to me, I can give you my fax number!  hyper 


Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 20):
Very simple: first come, first serve. And when you're too late, you have to pay more. That's life.


Amen. After getting used to your teacher-like, almost daily advice, I'm wondering: could I still survive without?  scared 
Anyways, first of all, train connections here would rule out taking the "Bahn". Second, even if connections were available at a low price, I would still take the car for several reasons. So, I couldn't care less what Bahn charges and not.  cheeky 


Regards
Udo


User currently offlineNumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

ok, Mr. Journalist, think about visiting the ITB but don't think too long (ooops, teacher me  Wink )
Journalists are always talking and talking and nothing else.



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User currently offlineUdo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2818 times:

Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 22):
ok, Mr. Journalist, think about visiting the ITB but don't think too long (ooops, teacher me Wink )


Why? Fares on my car aren't limited.  silly 


Quoting NumberTwelve (reply 22):
Journalists are always talking and talking and nothing else.


You mean "they always talk", don't you?  tongue 
Btw, if you don't like these journalists, why don't you just turn off RTLII and read a newspaper next time?  bitelip 


Regards
Udo


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