Photokina, one of the photo and image industry’s largest events, takes place every other year in Cologne, Germany and includes exhibitors and attendees from around the world. This year for the first time, those outside the industry are able to attend. Group packages for Photokina, Wednesday September 24th to Monday September 29th are being offered by Koelnmesse, Inc, a Chicago based subsidiary of the Photokina trade show organizer in Germany. As part of the package, participants spend three nights in the Cologne area at a business class hotel, receive an entry badge to Photokina, and tours of various local retailers, labs and manufacturers. In addition participants will travel to Munich by high speed ICE train to enjoy (and photograph) Oktoberfest (two nights in a 3-star hotel included). Tour is limited to the first thirty people and must be booked before August 1st. The price of $1,783 (USD) does not include airfare. For more information contact Carol Brodsky at TTI Travel, phone 866-674-3476 or email

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger