March 9-11, 2019
Moscow, "Crocus Expo", Pav.#3 (Hall #15)


Executive Director UNWTO Mr. Zoltan Somogyi


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 Russias 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,
Zoltn Somogyi
Executive Director

Madrid, 18 February 2016

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