Welcome note to participants, guests and organizers of the 11th International Travel Fair “Intourmarket”
On behalf of the World Tourism Organization UNWTO I cordially welcome all participants, guests and organizers of the 11th International Travel Fair “Intourmarket” that is a most important current event in the travel industry. Over the years this spring forum has been supported by the World Tourism Organization and we see that “Intourmarket” has made a substantial contribution in development of domestic and incoming tourism of the Russian Federation.
Despite the global economic instability in 2015 over 1, 5 billion tourists crossed international borders that exceeds the 2014 figure by 4,4%. UNWTO forecasts a continuing growth in international arrivals of between 3,5% and 4,5% in 2016.
It shall be noted that the Russian Federation ranks 9th in the world for international arrivals and plays a special role in development of the world tourism.
The World Tourism Organization highly assesses Russia’s efforts in attracting foreign tourists and promoting the national tourist product on the world market. I am confident that “Intourmarket” will make a significant contribution to the further development of our sector and promote establishing new contacts and opening up new prospects of cooperation.
I wish all participants, guests and organizers of the “Intourmarket” Fair every success in implementation of new interesting projects and fruitful work at the Forum.
With deep respect,
Madrid, 18 February 2016