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The Federal Association 
of the German Tourism Industry (BTW)

Commitment for mobility and travel
Mobility and travel play an important role in Germany: The Germans love travelling. And Germany itself is becoming increasingly popular as a travel destination for guests from Germany and abroad. Additionally, there are about 170 million business travels registered each year in Germany. At present about 2.9 million people work in the German tourism industry.

People want to be mobile, they want to travel, meet friends and business partners, make new acquaintances and learn about different cultures. Precisely this is the aim of the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) and its members. About 40 of the largest enterprises and federations of the tourism industry in Germany are members of BTW. The spectrum covers air, road, water and rail traffic, hotel and catering services, tour operators and tourism marketing. It covers private tourism and private mobility as well as the business travel sector.

Since its establishment in 1995, the BTW is committed to represent the common and overall interests and needs of the tourism industry. The ultimate goal is to maintain and to optimize mobility. Fiscal and labor policy, competition, the implementation of climate protection and infrastructure play important roles.

The BTW focuses especially on the following requirements for its political activities:

  • Development of a tailor-made infrastructure and a stronger intermodality of all means of transport
  • Fair competition for enterprises to guarantee success on a long-term basis
  • Climate protection is important and the Tourism industry acts already accordingly.The BTW invites policy makers to take into account the industry’s efforts and claims to avoid new disproportionately obligations.
  • Consumer protection without overcompensation and a comprehensible consideration of the results of impact assessments.


The members of BTW

  • Accor Hospitality Germany GmbH
  • AIDA Cruises
  • Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.(ADAC)
  • American Express Global Business Travel
  • ANGELL Akademie Freiburg GmbH
  • Arabella Hospitality SE
  • Autobahn Tank & Rast Holding GmbH
  • Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH
  • Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH (Visit Berlin)
  • Bundesverband der Deutschen Fluggesellschaften e.V.(BDF)
  • Cologne Business School GmbH (CBS)
  • DB Vertrieb GmbH
  • DER Touristik GmbH
  • Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V. (DZT)
  • Deutscher Hotel- und Gaststättenverband e.V. (DEHOGA-Bundesverband)
  • Deutscher ReiseVerband e.V. (DRV)
  • Europa-Park GmbH & Co. Mack KG
  • Europäische Reiseversicherung AG
  • Europäischer Verband der Veranstaltungs-Centren e.V. (EVVC)
  • Europcar Autovermietung GmbH
  • Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH
  • Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH
  • Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH
  • Flughafen München GmbH
  • Fraport AG
  • Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co. KG
  • GfK SE Deutschland
  • Hamburg Tourismus GmbH
  • Handelsverband Deutschland e.V. (HDE)
  • Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
  • Hotelverband Deutschland e.V. (IHA)
  • INFOX GmbH & Co. Informationslogistik KG
  • Loro Parque S.A.
  • Messe Berlin GmbH
  • Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
  • RDA Internationaler Bustouristik Verband e.V.
  • Resort Development Organisation (RDO)
  • Thomas Cook AG
  • TUI AG
  • Verband Deutsches Reisemanagement e.V. (VDR)


Bundesverband der Deutschen Tourismuswirtschaft e.V. (BTW)/
Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry

Am Weidendamm 1A
10117 Berlin

Tel. +49 (0)30 726254-0
Fax +49 (0)30 726254-44 /

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