- Explore the latest travel trends at ITB Berlin

March 03, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can reveal that one of the travel industry's biggest annual events is due to take place in the German capital next month.

ITB Berlin is an international trade fair for the travel sector that attracts nearly 180,000 visitors each year.

The 2011 edition is due to run from Wednesday March 9th to Sunday March 13th at the Messe Berlin exhibition centre.

Although it is largely geared towards professionals in the industry, the event is also open to the general public for the final two days.

This means holidaymakers can head down to the fair and get the inside track on the key travel trends, destinations and tour providers for the following 12 months.

Visitors can expect a variety of displays from international, national and regional tourism organisations, as well as leading hotel groups, publishing companies and airlines.

For the third consecutive year, the organisers of ITB are offering tech-savvy travellers a smartphone application to guide them around the event.

The downloadable app can be used by visitors to locate nearby tourist attractions and restaurants, as well as navigate their way around the exhibition hall.

Last year's trade fair saw more than 11,100 companies from 187 countries display their products and services in Berlin, with a similar level of participation expected this year around.

Members of the public can buy single admission tickets on March 12th and 13th for 14.50 (£12.40). The event will be open between 10:00 and 18:00 local time each day.

After 14:00 on March 13th, last-minute tickets will be available at the reduced price of 8.

Travellers planning to visit the fair can find a range of Berlin hotels at, which recommends the Maritim Hotel Berlin.

For more information on this event, contact the organisers on +49 (0)30 3038-0.

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