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2016 likely to be good travel year

North Germany's biggest tourist fair ends Sunday. Around 900 exhibitors present holiday destinations and trends in travel

This year’s Reisen Hamburg opened its doors on February 17 and is offering tourist information for all kinds of tastes. Visitors can find offers ranging from trips in Germany, Europe and worldwide across ten halls. Destinations in the Alps are a new theme this year. Around 900 exhibitors including travel agents, cruise companies and special providers are presenting their holiday and leisure offers until February 21.

Travel trends in 2016

Montserrat Sierra, president of Corps Touristique, said: “2016 will once again be a strong year for travelling.” Bookings for most destinations have increased, she added. Sierra represents 57 tourist destinations in the association of tourist boards. Demand is high for classic destinations in the Mediterranean. City trips are becoming increasingly popular. Also, the trend toward long-distance travel continues this year. Throughout the fair, Albert Sham, Managing Director of Asian Adventure and hotel tester for the TV stations Vox und Pro7, will brief visitors on unusual trips to Bhutan, India, Myanmar, or Papua New Guinea.

Ships parade

Fans of ships and culture can find out about exciting events in the city at Hamburg Tourismus’ stand. This year, the port celebrates an impressive 827th anniversary from May 5-8 with Hungary as partner country. The Sandtorhafen in HafenCity is also celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. A port festival is being planned from September 17-18, 2016, during which the Hamburg Maritime Foundation and the Oevelgönne Harbour Museum will parade their traditional tall ships on the Elbe.”

Camping by night

Several cruise companies at Reisen Hamburg have offers ranging from expeditions to the icy polar sea or exotic destinations in the Caribbean. Three halls have been added to the caravanning exhibition this year. Well-known brands and providers are presenting their latest offers for caravans and camps and a new area devoted to “camping by night” is creating a special atmosphere.

New mobility

New means of travel are also on show at the fair. Michael Struck, Managing Director of the Hamburg-based e-bike dealer, E-Motion, says: “The trend towards electric bikes is continuing,” and is likely to last until at least 2021 because “more and more cyclists are switching to e-bikes,” he noted. A whole range of well-known brands including Raleigh, Hercules, Riese & Müller, Stromer, Haubike, Gocycle, Giant, Gazelle or Cannondale will be exhibiting their e-mobility offers at Reisen Hamburg. The bikes can be tried out on a 650 square metre test track.
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Sources and further information:
www.reisenhamburg.de
www.hamburg-messe.de

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