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Burkhard Herbote / Biographical statement

Burkhard Herbote Burkhard Herbote lives and works in Beckum (, Germany, a small city in Warendorf county ( in the heart of the German region of Westfalia ( and Muensterland (

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 ( and worked for Krupp-Polysius AG, in Beckum ( 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 ( and has served as a Special Consultant to the UN-funded World Tourism Organization ( Until 1999 his main work was the World Tourism Directory, published by the German academic publisher K.G. Saur Verlag GmbH & Co. KG ( in Munich, Germany. This was first published as the Worldwide Travel Information Contact Book by Gale Research Inc. (, 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 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 ( in Munich in association with the German Institute of Foreign Relations ( 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 since 2004.

In his spare time he loves the pleasant environment of friends or to walk and relax on the German North Sea Coast (

For more details refer to his curriculum vitae or contact him direct:

World of Information - Walden Publishing Ltd.

World of Information - Walden Publishing Ltd.World of Information ( is a business information and database company which, since 1974 has supplied bussiness information and analysis to corporate, academic, government and individual purchasers in over 120 countries. Internationally, World of Information is among the leading providers of business, economic and political information. In addition to publishing some 130 reports and reviews each year, World of Information also supplies data directly to governments, banks, library aggregators and internet hosts.

The printed edition of Herbote's Africa Travel & Tourism Directory ( is available by World of Information in Saffron Walden, Essex, UK. Contact

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

World Travel and Tourism Council The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)( is the Global Business Leaders' Forum for Travel & Tourism. Its Members are Chief Executives from all sectors of industry, including accomodation, catering, entertainment, recreation, transportation and other travel-related services. Its central goal is to work with governments to realise the full potential economic impact of the world's largest generator of wealth and jobs - Travel & Tourism.

Founded in 1990, WTTC policies are set and implemented by a 15 Member Executive Committee, a President and a small staff in London, with representative offices in North, Central & South America, Africa, Asia/Pacific and Central & Eastern Europe. WTTC's Strategic Priorities are the organisation's guiding policy platform. They identify the potential for Travel & Tourism to generate some 5.4 million new jobs or 252 milion jobs by 2010 across the world economy, with new public/private sector cooperation. Contact at

International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT)

International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) The International Institute for Peace Through Tourism ( is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment - both built and natural, the preservation of heritage and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world.

More than 20 prestigious international tourism organizations have agreed to become founding members in a coalition of partners for World Peace through Tourism. They include the European Travel Commission (, Africa Travel Association (, Caribbean Tourism Organization (, Destination Marketing Association International (, Society of Incentive Travel Executives (, International Federation of Women Travel Organization (, Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped ( and others. Each founding partner of the Coalition is committed to a "Millenium Project" which contributes to the vision of Tourism as a Global Peace Industry. Contact

World Tourism Foundation (WTF)

World Tourism Foundation The World Tourism Foundation ( provides the traveling consumer direct access to the information resources of  official destination marketing organizations around the world at These organizations are recognized and supported by governments and local tourism suppliers. Proceeds generated from the use of the Network for business or pleasure are distributed to tourism leaders to address the increasing threats and barriers to travel. The World Tourism Foundation views the face-to-face interaction of billions of hosts and visitors each year as essential to world peace and our mutual journey on Earth. Contact

Additional international and regional tourism organizations and associations that endorse are listed at
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