Burkhard Herbote / Biographical statement
Burkhard Herbote lives and works in Beckum (www.beckum.de), Germany, a small city in Warendorf county (www.kreis-warendorf.de) in the heart of the German region of Westfalia (www.lwl.org/LWL/Kultur/Westfalen_Regional) and Muensterland (www.muensterland-tourismus.de).
Since the 80s he has been well-known as an international "information authority". He operates a network of information contacts or correspondents around the globe. His main specializations are travel and tourism, aviation, hospitality and tourism media. He is also interested in German international relations, cultural exchange, foreign trade, third world problems, development and human rights issues.
As a member of several travel, tourism, cultural and bi-national associations, Herbote writes regularly for German magazines and newspapers and makes frequent guest appearances on German radio.
Burkhard Herbote began his career in the early 80s, while still a student, by acquiring volumes of information on far-away places. During this time he attended the College of Economics in Ahlen (www.berufskolleg-ahlen.de) and worked for Krupp-Polysius AG, in Beckum (www.polysius.de) in international sales. Today, his work is recognized as one of the world's best collections of travel and tourism information, with an unique sensitivity to the world's diverse cultures. A considerable part of Herbote's archive, particularity that covering lesser-known destinations is not available from any other source.
Burkhard Herbote is a Founding Trustee of the World Tourism Foundation (www.worldtourismfoundation.org) and has served as a Special Consultant to the UN-funded World Tourism Organization (www.world-tourism.org). Until 1999 his main work was the World Tourism Directory, published by the German academic publisher K.G. Saur Verlag GmbH & Co. KG (www.saur.de) in Munich, Germany. This was first published as the Worldwide Travel Information Contact Book by Gale Research Inc. (www.galegroup.com), Detroit, a well known U.S. publisher of research and scientific works, now Cengage Learning, world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and business.
Since 2001 the Africa Travel & Tourism Directory (2nd edition 2003) is available in cooperation with the British publisher World of Information.
The WorldTourismDirectory.com website has been published first time 2004 and meanwhile covers 120.000 entries from all countries and territories worldwide.
Burkhard Herbote is also author of the Handbuch für deutsch-internationale Beziehungen (Handbook of German-International Relations), also published by K.G.Saur Verlag (www.saur.de) in Munich in association with the German Institute of Foreign Relations (www.ifa.de) in Stuttgart. Burkhard Herbote also providess international information consulting through Herbote Research International, is consultant to the World Association of Travel Agencies WATA and member of the advisory board of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism IIPT.
The online version of the Handbook, which now is Directory of German International Relations, is available with Laenderkontakte.de since 2004.
In his spare time he loves the pleasant environment of friends or to walk and relax on the German North Sea Coast (www.die-nordsee.de).
For more details refer to his curriculum vitae or contact him direct:
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