Moscow, 20 March
VII International Travel fair
Such conclusion is particularly reasonable as for Greece, for example, where tourism business is called «its own heavy industry». And this is why the importance of the exhibition was stressed by attendance of such persons as the Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth policy of the Russian Federation Vitaly Mutko, UNWTO General Secretary Taleb Rifai, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism Alexander Radkov, Chairman of the Committee on Tourism and the Hotel industry in Moscow, Sergey Shpilko and other VIP persons at the Opening Ceremony of the Fair, as well as the Governors of Altai Region and Altai Republic and Ministers of Tourism of Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia.
«More than 60 regions of Russia have worked out strategic programs on tourism development. More than 40 million Russian people travel through Russian travel companies. Russia is becoming an important magnet for tourist flow worldwide», — said Vitaly Mutko at the opening of the Fair.
Number of exhibitors of the Fair in 2012 have considerably increased in comparison with the previous year from 1230 to 1300 participants, foreign countries and world regions — from 138 to 145. The space of the Fair is more than 29 000 square meters and mope than 76 thousand guests visited
Stands of 80 Russian regions were presented at the exhibition. National part of the exposition takes place under the slogan: «Itís time to rest in Russia!» And there is a wide choice. The biggest stands were represented by two lands of plenty- Altai and Krasnodar Regions. It is also possible to choose the route for the active rest, as well as sanatorium treatment, to watch the performance of folk teams, and to taste healthy gifts of nature.
On the first day the conference on «New travel routes in Moscow» took place as well as the third conference on safety of children tourism. 18 March 2012, first time in Russia the 1st all- Russian congress of public tourism associations was a success.
II Conference on accessible tourism was hold n frames of
Traditional educational UNWTO seminar was opened on 19 March by itís Head Taleb Rifai. At this meeting the representatives of international
However, our compatriots, who are more and more traveling through Russia, are also actively discovering the rest of the world. Foreign part of the fair was bright, rich and interesting as usually. Here you may choose every route for your choice: from traditional Turkey or Bulgaria to exotic Burundi situated in the very heart of Africa. By the way, performance of drummers from Burundi was very popular among Fair audience.
Traditionally favorite destination for Russian people, Greece is widely presented. This country decided to get out of crises also with the help of Russian tourists, setting the goal- to increase its number to 1 million this year. The previous year the ancient Ellas was visited by 650 000 Russian tourists. At this time, the main subject of Greek stand — is religious and pilgrim tourism.
Evidentially, Tunisia, where the wave of Arab revolution began, also counts on tourism and this country seems to recover through it. The Minister of Tunisia Ilies Fekhfekh told us that he came to Moscow to establish contacts with Russian partners and to offer them a new strategy of attracting Russian tourists to this country with rich history and tourism potential.
All in all, dear readers, it is spring already, and it means that itís high time you start thinking about your summer holiday! Take Your choice with us! See You on «Intourmarket»!