BERLIN – Workplaces, where others are vacationing: whether they are looking for a dream job or taking the first step on the career ladder, students and young professionals with a tourism background will find the ideal platform at ITB Berlin. In Hall 5.1 some 50 exhibitors will be showcasing their international portfolios under the heading of “Training and Employment in Tourism.”
German and foreign universities, technical colleges and vocational schools, research institutes, and other service providers will be presenting first-hand details about the opportunities for study and educational advancement in tourism. For the first time at ITB Berlin, the Federal Labor Agency will be introducing its maritime jobs initiative “MeerArbeit.” This is a unique opportunity for anyone considering a career change and looking for employment on ships: The Suhl Labour Agency is the only one in Germany to offer exclusive cooperation agreements with almost all cruise providers. For example, AIDA and its training academy, A-ROSA, Columbia Ship Management (e.g. MS Europa) and the Peter Deilmann shipping line will be represented here.
At the ITB Career Center, powered by YOURCAREERGROUP, interested visitors will be able to obtain details about the tourism job market and the wide and varied choice of careers that it offers. Personnel managers and highly competent advisors from the hotel trade (Rocco Forte Collection, Kempinski Hotels, A-Rosa Resorts), catering (Marché Restaurants Deutschland GmbH) and tour operators (Robinson Club, Vamos Elter-Kinder-Reisen, Dertour) will be available to answer questions during face-to-face discussions. For anyone in search of employment, there is also a large wall display showing the latest job vacancies throughout the fair.
A large stage forms the focal point of Hall 5.1. During all five days of the fair, it will be the venue for speakers from technical colleges and universities who will be giving papers on courses of study. Various aspects of the tourism industry will also be covered. Companies which are contributing to the ITB Career Center will be providing information about job vacancies and career prospects and about opportunities for getting started in this field. They will include the tourism division of REWE Group, HRS – Hotel Reservation Service, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and Steigenberger Hotel Group, as well as Marché Restaurants Germany and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Over a number of days, the Suhl Labour Agency will be reporting on employment prospects in the cruise sector.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 is an important date for young professionals and for anyone keen to investigate ways of developing their career. The Newcomers’ Day, during the ITB Business Travel Days, which will take place in Hall 7.1 as part of the ITB Berlin Convention, will be an exclusive opportunity to learn about the changes that are being made to careers in travel and the creation of a new professional qualification for mobility management.
ITB Berlin and ITB Berlin Convention
ITB Berlin 2009 will be taking place from Wednesday, March 11 to Sunday, March 15 and will be open to trade visitors from Wednesday to Friday. Parallel with the trade fair, the ITB Berlin Convention will be taking place from Wednesday, March 11 to Saturday, March 14, 2009. For full program details, click on www.itb-convention.com .
Fachhochschule Worms and the US-based market research company PhoCusWright, Inc. are partners of the ITB Berlin Convention. Turkey is co-hosting this year’s ITB Berlin Convention. Other sponsors of the ITB Berlin Convention include Top Alliance, responsible for VIP service; hospitalityInside.com, as media partner of the ITB Hospitality Day; and Flug Revue as media partner of the ITB Aviation Day. The Planeterra Foundation is premium sponsor of the ITB Corporate Social Responsibility Day, and Gebeco is the premium sponsor of the ITB Tourism and Culture Day. TÜV Rheinand Group is a basic sponsor of the session “Practical Aspects of CSR.” The following are partners collaborating with the ITB Business Travel Days: Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG, Verband Deutsches Reisemanagement e.V. (VDR), Vereinigung Deutscher Veranstaltungsorganisatoren e.V., HSMA Deutschland e.V., Deutsche Bahn AG, geschaeftsreise1.de, hotel.de, and Kerstin Schaefer e.K. – Mobility Services and Intergerma. Air Berlin is the premium sponsor of the ITB Business Travel Days 2009.