The 2019 Germany Travel Mart in Wiesbaden

Stuart Forster visits the 2019 Germany Travel Mart in Wiesbaden and takes the opportunity to photograph at the event and in the host city.

The 45th Germany Travel Mart, known widely as the GTM, was held in Wiesbaden from 12 to 14 May 2019. The annual event brings together members of the travel industry to showcase tourism-related products from across Germany — including tourist attractions, hotels and destinations.

Disclosure: Stuart was hosted in Wiesbaden by the German National Tourism Organisation, which has not reviewed or approved this article.

The 2019 edition was the third time that Wiesbaden, the state capital of Hesse, has hosted the GTM.

Wiesbaden's Kurhaus and fountain at night.

Wiesbaden’s Kurhaus and fountain at night.

Germany Travel Mart in Wiesbaden

The RheinMain Congress Center (RMCC) was the venue for the Germany Travel Mart’s trade show, workshops and the German National Tourist Board’s (GNTB) annual press conference.

The RheinMain Congress Center (RMCC) in Wiesbaden.

The RheinMain Congress Center (RMCC) in Wiesbaden.

The state-of-the-art convention centre was opened in April 2018.

Shadow and light interplay at the RheinMain Congress Center (RMCC).

Shadow and light interplay at the RheinMain Congress Center (RMCC).

The building was designed by Ferdinand Heide Architekt BDA, an architectural company which is based in nearby Frankfurt am Main.

Staircase at the RheinMain Congress Center (RMCC) in Wiesbaden.

Staircase at the RheinMain Congress Center (RMCC) in Wiesbaden.

It takes less than 45 minutes to travel on local transport, known as the S-Bahn, from Frankfurt International Airport to Wiesbaden. As part of efforts to minimise the environmental impact of the GTM, passes presented to delegates included the use of public transport in and around Wiesbaden.

The Kurhaus in Wiesbaden.

The Kurhaus in Wiesbaden.

During the press conference Petra Hedorfer, the Chief Executive Officer of the GNTB, presented Germany’s 2018 tourism results. Journalists gathered from 51 countries heard that the total number of overnight stays in Germany by foreign visitors had increased for the ninth year in succession.

The RheinMain Congress Center hosting the 45th GTM, the 2019 Germany Travel Mart.

The RheinMain Congress Center hosting the 45th GTM, the 2019 Germany Travel Mart.

The 2019 Germany Travel Mart was declared open during a gala event at Wiesbaden’s Kurhaus. The predecessor of the grand building housed a spa in which royalty and influential members of society gathered. The current building, erected during the first decade of the 20th century, serves as a venue for social gatherings and is the location of Wiesbaden’s casino.

Wiesbaden's Kurhaus and fountain at night.

Wiesbaden’s Kurhaus and fountain at night.

An evening at Eberbach Abbey

Delegates attending the 45th GTM were invited to an evening event at Eberbach Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery in the Rheingau.

Brass band playing at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach).

Brass band playing at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach).

The region is renowned for its quality Riesling wines and the abbey has been the location of the Steinberg vineyard for almost 800 years. The abbey’s atmospheric vaulted cellars hold wooden barrels used for maturing wine and were illuminated by candlelight as delegates from the GTM visited.

Wine cellar at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach).

Wine cellar at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach).

Hessen Tourismus, the organisation that promotes tourism to the state of Hesse, used the evening to showcase the region’s culinary heritage and tourism attractions.

Folk group wearing traditional costumes from Hesse.

Folk group wearing traditional costumes from Hesse.

That meant opportunities to taste food and drink and chat to representatives from towns and cities from across the state.

Beer served at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach).

Beer served at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach).

Delegates danced to rock and pop music performed on a state inside the abbey’s courtyard.

Musical entertainment at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach).

Musical entertainment at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach).

The evening closed with a choral recital inside of the deconsecrated abbey church.

Choir singing in the former church at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach) at Eltville am Rhein.

Choir singing in the former church at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach) at Eltville am Rhein.

The building’s grand arches and colourful lighting helped create an impressive setting for the performance.

Choir singing in the former church at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach) at Eltville am Rhein.

Choir singing in the former church at Eberbach Abbey.

The acoustics of the former church ensured that the voices of the singers carried and are one of the reasons why Eberbach Abbey is one of the venues of the annual Rheingau Musik Festival.

Choir singing in the former church at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach) at Eltville am Rhein.

Choir singing in the former church at Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach) at Eltville am Rhein.

Images by Why Eye Photography

Photographs illustrating this article are by Stuart Forster. Stuart speaks fluent German and is available for assignments in German-speaking countries. He has experience of photographing on commission for travel, lifestyle and trade magazines. To discuss your photography requirements, please call +44 (0) 7947 587136 or send an email to stuart@whyeyephotography.com.

Stand at the 45th GTM, the 2019 Germany Travel Mart.

Stand at the 45th GTM, the 2019 Germany Travel Mart.

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2 Comments

  1. Jane 13th June 2019 at 3:27 am #

    Wow! The photos speaks for itself! It must’ve been a fun convention meeting different people from all walks of life.

    • Stuart Forster 18th June 2019 at 8:25 am #

      Yes. Generally speaking, that’s one of the great benefits of travel, I think.

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