【DE】CMT 2023: an example for international understanding and sustainability

Focus of the Stuttgart holiday fairs will be expanded / New award of the Corps Touristique will be presented at CMT 2023


The topics of international understanding and sustainability have always been the focal points of the Stuttgart holiday fairs. “Since the beginning of the Ukraine war, it has been clear to us that we want to strengthen this commitment,” says Guido von Vacano, member of the Executive Board at Messe Stuttgart and responsible for the Stuttgart holiday fairs. Together with our partner network, we have designed a variety of events that expand the rich specialist and visitor program of CMT 2023. In addition, a networking event for the tourism industry will be organized together with the certification company for sustainable tourism, TourCert. According to Vacano, this is about supporting tour operators, accommodation, destinations and other tourism companies in implementing a sustainable economy.



Cultural exchange helps international understanding: Folklore groups like from Sri Lanka shape the image of the Stuttgart CMT | Photo credit: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH




“Together with partners from the caravanning industry, a special ‘Green Caravaning Forum’ is also offered, where, for example, the importance for the use of hydrogen for the industry is explained,” says Alexander Ege, trade fair director of the Stuttgart holiday fairs. Furthermore, special training courses would be offered by the IHK Nordwürttemberg on the subject of “Sustainable Leadership” in the tourism industry, adds Ege.


Network meeting on Franco-German friendship


A network meeting will be held with partners from politics and tourism in the French Grand Est region to celebrate the history and current state of Franco-German friendship. A relationship that should give hope and confidence for the current crises in the world. In addition, the four Baden-Württemberg state churches organize a large children’s singing service on the second Sunday of the fair, 22. January. Around 1000 children will perform several songs here for a world in peace.


“After all, I am very proud that the new “CT Award for International Understanding – Going Beyond Borders” will be presented for the first time at CMT 2023,” says von Vacano. With this newly created prize, Corps-Touristique (CT), the association of tourist boards in Germany, wants to honor people who are committed to the international-connecting effect of travel. The basic idea for the award is a quote from Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck, who stated: “Tourism is a counterweight to war.” This event emphasizes the importance and interaction of responsible tourism for world peace. “In all the countries and regions that are members of the CT, there are outstanding projects and creative approaches that are not known beyond their national borders,” CT President Hanna Kleber explains the award. “We therefore want to highlight those people, no matter in which position, who are particularly committed personally and who go beyond borders in a double sense – according to the additional name of the CT Award.”


The CMT 2023


CMT, the world’s largest public fair for tourism and leisure, will take place from the 14th to the 22nd. January 2023 at the Stuttgart exhibition center. The holiday fair is complemented by their daughters cycling and hiking trips, golf and wellness trips as well as cruise and ship trips. The bicycle and hiking trips will be extended to three days for the first time and includes Monday (14th to 16th in addition to the first CMT weekend. January). Premiere also for the international diving fair “Interdive”, which will take place on the second weekend (19th to 22nd. January) will take place. In the caravanning sector, the news show at the beginning of the season, more than 1000 vehicles from all well-known brands and manufacturers are waiting for visitors. https://www.messe-stuttgart.de/cmt/


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