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WEDNESDAY 6 th MARCH 2013 DAY1 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW regioNAl spotlight: asia Special Feature: TRAVEL TECHNOLOGIES TRADE NEWS Hon. Hisham Zaazou Minister of Tourism, Egypt “Egypt has started its transformation into becoming a stable and democratic country” Read page 23 Hon. Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen Minister of Tourism, Malaysia “We are already the second-largest destination in Asia after China, and 9 th largest in the world” Read page 35 Manfred Osthues Co-founder and managing partner, Protel “We are highly motivated to guide our clients throughout the entire guest journey” Read page 41 David Ruetz Head of ITB Berlin “The services of the ITB Buyers’ Circle save buyers’ time and significantly increase their efficiency” Read page 43 Hall 9 Stand 202 Hall 2.1 Stand 225 Hall 9 Stand 123 .5 Trillion and 260 Million Jobs ITB Berlin 2013 brings together the world of travel and tourism The WTTC’s estimate that the economic impacts of travel and tourism will contribute some .5 trillion to the global economy and generate 260 million jobs – or 1 in 12 of all jobs on the planet – is now widely recognised as a key reference. Indeed, the G20 world leaders for the first time, in 2012 recognised the importance of Travel & Tourism as a driver of jobs, growth and economic recovery. This year, at ITB Berlin, the announcement of the presence at the opening ceremony of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono confirm the critical nature of this sector and the subsequent importance of ITB Berlin as a guiding light for the industry. As partner country of ITB Berlin this year, Indonesia is in many ways leading the field in terms of innovative marketing. (see interview – Hon. Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia – p.20) Hon. Dr Mari Elka Pangestu Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia Destination Spotlight: ASIA Asia continues to be the driving force in global tourism. According to the latest ITB World Travel Trends Report, last year the number of outbound trips from Asia rose by seven per cent, due in part to rising wages. By the same token, inbound travel is also flourishing. In this edition, we give a close-up on “all things Asia” in our daily regional spotlight. Section begins page 27 India