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Nearly one thousand international buyers and tour operators, including an Australian contingent, descended on the historic Bavarian city of Nuremberg for the 43rd Germany Travel Mart.

Participants took part in pre-convention tours, visiting places such as Munich, the Franconian Lake District, Berlin, Hamburg and UN Heritage-listed locations in Frankfurt and Bamberg.

Australian representatives were Isabel Beckermann – Flight Centre Global Product, Martyn Paterson – Outdoor Travel, Ruzica Kleskovic – Scenic Tours, Brad Atwal – Utracks and Jack May – Albatross Tours.

A lavish welcome party by the German National Tourist Board included an exhilarating performance by the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra at the Opera House followed by a magnificent feast at the German National Museum.

The Germany Travel Mart coincided with arts festival Blaue Nacht (Blue Night) – which saw more than one hundred thousand people flock to the city to admire elaborate illuminations projected across the facade of iconic buildings including The Imperial Castle.

After showcasing scores of destinations at the Travel Mart, an enchanting pop-up Christmas market was erected within the courtyard of the Altes Rathaus (The Old Town Hall) with still-warm gingerbread, mulled wine and the traditional Nuremberg white sausages in a bun amongst the morsels on offer.

Guests watched artisans make Christmas decorations while an enthusiastic band of musicians had many dancing as if it were Oktoberfest.

Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourism Board said, ‘We are living in turbulent times and only together will we be able to take a step forward and manage the challenges.’

About 36 million international guests visited Germany last year, with a forecast increase in international visits of between three and four per cent.

The 2018 national tourism campaign was revealed at the Germany Travel Mart – with ‘culinary Germany’ to be the focus.

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