The official «Intourmarket-2013» opening ceremony took place on March, 16 at 12.00 in «Crocus Expo», Moscow, Russia!
The red tape was cut by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy Yuri Smirnov, UNWTO executive director Zoltan Somogyi, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism Alexander Radkov, the governor of the Altai region, Russian strategic partner VIII International Travel Fair «ITM», Alexander Karlin, Zhu Shanzhong — deputy head of the State Department of Tourism of the People’s Republic — the ITM Country Partner, Chairman of Moscow City Committee for Tourism and Hotel Industry Serguei Shpilko.
China has become the «Intourmarket-2013» country-partner, its strategic partner in Russia is Altai region represented at the ITM with a huge stand.
Despite the large foreign exposition the «Intourmarket» main focus is on the domestic tourism: the show allows to find travel offers of all Russian regions offering their most interesting tourist routes, historical and natural attractions, museums, arts and crafts, etc, at their stands. It is estimated that the exhibition this year will be have more than 80 thousand visitors.
In his speech during the opening ceremony the Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky said that Russia has a huge historical and cultural potential, so it seemed logical that since the last year the tourism industry of the country falls within the competence of the Ministry of Culture, and this is for the first time that «Intourmarket» is held under the its patronage.
«Spheres of tourism and culture are extremely close. By the way there is a joke in some small European countries that tourism is the last chance to save culture. And although it is not our case but many a true word is spoken in jest »- said Vladimir Medinsky.
The Minister also added that tourism is one of the ways of mobilizing culture, besides that tourism is currently involving objects of tangible and intangible heritage — namely, Russian customs, folk songs, cuisine, in short — everything that is related to the ethnic tourism gaining momentum.
According to Yuri Smirnov, deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy, «Intourmarket» clearly demonstrates high level of tourism development and in particular through the use of advanced technologies. «Tourism is an important social phenomenon which allows people to get acquainted with culture of different nations,» — said the official.
As stated by Alexander Radkov the number of arrivals to Russia is increasing annually. According to statistics foreign arrivals to the Russian Federation grew by 13% in 2012 against a 3% European growth. And according to the forecast this number will increase by