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8th Barrier-free Tourism Day at the ITB,
8 March 2019 in the CityCube Berlin

The 8th Barrier-free Tourism Day took place from 10.30am to 3pm on Friday, 8 March 2019 at the ITB travel fair in Berlin. Key theme of this year was the “development of target group specific accessible tourism products”.

How can touristic offers respond to the needs of holidaymakers with disabilities? Which attractive possibilities do already exist for the different target groups of barrier-free tourism? And what are the chances and challenges for tourism service providers and DMOs related to this topic?

The programme included presentations and a panel discussion, at which experts looked closely at these issues in practical terms and from a range of perspectives.

The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) and its strategic partner, the National Coordination Board Tourism for All (NatKo), welcomed again around 200 visitors at the “8. Barrier-free Tourism Day”, including representatives from politics, the international travel industry, destination marketing organisations, associations, universities and the media.

The event is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It was organised with the support of the Tourism for All working group of the German federal states, the working group “Accessible Travel – Barrier-free Destinations in Germany“ and the Messe Berlin exhibition centre.

Schedule for the Barrier-free Tourism Day at the ITB on 08 March 2019 in the CityCube Berlin, level 1, hall A7


Andreas Stopp, Deutschlandfunk, Science and Education, deputy head of department


Olaf Schlieper, German National Tourist Board, Innovations Manager

Speakers at the “Barrier-free Tourism Day” 2019

The event offered top-class speakers in fields of politics, tourism, associations and specialist organisations. In presentations and panel discussions, they provided valuable impetus on barrier-free tourism. During the breaks and after the event, participants had the opportunity to engage in networking and to directly exchange views with the experts.

Overview of the Speakers

Access & Service

Access to the venue

The 8th Barrier-free Tourism Day takes place in the CityCube Berlin in hall A7. The CityCube Berlin was inaugurated in May 2014. Being a multifunctional venue for trade fairs, conferences and events, it is one of Berlin’s new figureheads.

The venue of the barrier-free tourism day is accessible (partly via elevators) via the “Messedamm” and “Jafféstrasse”, the premises of the fair and from a passageway to hall 7. The venue “hall A7” is located close to the Jafféstrasse entrance.

20 disabled car parking spaces are availabe on the car parking space „Messedamm“ in front of the CityCube Berlin. Moreover, the trainstation “Messe-Süd” is located in close proximity to the CityCube Berlin.

Admission to the CityCube Berlin to the barrier-free tourism day is free of charge. In case you additionally wish to visit the ITB Berlin fair, you’ll need to purchase a Trade Visitor Ticket.

Handicapped persons have to purchase a ticket as well if they want to visit the ITB Berlin fair.

Admission for accompanying persons is free.

Barrier-free event

As the event is barrier-free in all terms, we provide consecutive, simultaneous and written interpreting services using qualified professionals. The event will be held in English and German (simultaneous interpreting provided). The simultaneous interpreting can be listened to with headphones, which will be provided at the entrance free of charge.

The venue will provide sufficient space for wheelchair users. Handicapped lavatories are located in close proximity to the hall A7.

Assistance dogs are allowed on the premises. Please note that the dog owner has to carry a certification.


In the foyer close to the entrance “Messedamm”, you’ll find a snack bar with savory snacks, pastry and drinks. This area can be reached in a few minutes time and is accessible via elevators and escalators (see orientation map).

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