About 60 travel trade types were taken on a tasty journey of Germany last night (Dec. 10) by Julia Dywelski, director of marketing & sales, Canada for the German National Tourist Office.
Joined by partners, Lufthansa and Wines of Germany, the Flavours of Germany event was held at Ricarda’s – a nifty spot on Richmond Street West in downtown Toronto – and offered those attending a chance to sip on mulled wine, while sample Maultaschen, Roesti, carmelized almonds and German gingerbread.
“I hope everyone is ready to promote Germany,” Dywelski said in welcoming everyone to the event, before telling her audience that in 2017, visitors accounted for 83.8 million overnights – and increase of 3.6% and by 2030, overnights are expected to grow to 121.5 million.
As for Canada, Dywelski informed the travel trade crowd that this country has accounted for a 3.3% increase in overnights from January to September 2018.
As for the culinary wonders of Germany, if the video of those tasty treats didn’t get the crowds tastebuds tingling, Dywelski showcased the culinary specialities of each of Germany’s regions, pointing out along the way that visitors can enjoy everything from traditional homestyle German cooking to a meal at one of the more than 300 Michelin star restaurants found throughout the nation.
Noting that Germany is more than worth the visit for its food alone, Dywelski reminded the crowd that the destination offers a whole lot more.
Two examples of note that Dywelski made reference to is the 100 year celebration of Bauhaus that’s taking place in 2019 and the Passion Play in Oberammergau in 2020.
As for getting there, Lufthansa’s Chris Wendland informed the crowd that this summer, the carrier will be bringing its state-of-the-art Airbus A-350-900 – one of only 10 in LH’s fleet – to Toronto.
Wendland explained that the A-350-900 is the most environmentally friendly aircraft operating today, using 25% less fuel; producing 25% less CO2 emissions; and having a 50% smaller noise footprint.
So with that in mind, Wendland told agents in the crowd, that if they’ve got clients headed to Europe this summer, they might just want to put them on Lufthansa.
For more on Germany, go to www.germany.travel .
In the photo
Seen here, from l to r, are Chris Wendland, manager, marketing communications for the Lufthansa Group Canada; Julia Dywelski, director of marketing & sales, Canada for the German National Tourist Office; Ricarda Lindner, regional manager, the Americas for the German National Tourist Office; and Pam Panesar of Wines of Germany.