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About Burkhard Herbote: 

Burkhard Herbote lives and works in Beckum, Germany (http://www.muensterland-tourismus.de/21740/beckum-tourismus, a small city in Warendorf county in the heart of the German region of Westphalia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westphalia)

Since the 80s he has been well-known as an international "information authority". He operates a huge network of information contacts and 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 exchanges, foreign trade, third world issues, development and human rights. 
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 (today Thyssen-Krupp Industrial Solutions), in Beckum on international sales of cement plants (https://www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com/en/).

Today, his work is recognized as one of the world's best collections of travel and tourism data, 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 used to be Founding Trustee of the World Tourism Foundation (Charlottesville, Virginia) and has served as a Special Consultant to the UN-funded World Tourism Organization (www.unwto.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.gale.com), Detroit, a well known U.S. publisher of research and scientific works.

Since 2001 the Africa Travel & Tourism Directory (2nd edition 2003) used to be available in cooperation with the British publisher World of Information, Cambridge (www.worldinformation.com) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (www.wttc.org).
Burkhard Herbote is also author of the Handbuch für deutsch-internationale Beziehungen (Handbook of German-International Relations), also published by K.G.Saur Verlag, today De Gruyter (www.debruyter.com/brower?publisher=KGS), in Munich in association with the German Institute of Foreign Relations (www.ifa.de) in Stuttgart and the German Overseas Institute (Deutsches Übersee-Institut DUEI, today GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, www.giga-hamburg.de). Herbote also provides international information consulting through Herbote Research International, is member of the advisory board of the International Intitute for Peace through Tourism (www.iipt.org) and consultant international affairs of WATA World Association of Travel Agencies (www.wata-dmc.net). In his spare time he uses his skills in intercultural communication and his knowledge in international politics and serves voluntarily as “integration guide” (Integrationslotse) in his home town in charge to support the integration of refugees and foreigners in general. He loves the pleasant environment of friends or to walk and relax on the German North Sea Coast (www.die-nordsee.de).