MOSCOW, May 18 (Itar-Tass) —— More than 400 tourist companies from 35 countries and 30 regions are taking part in the MITF 2012 international travel show, which opened in Moscow on Friday.
“The main goal of the exhibition is to inform Muscovites and city visitors about new vacation destinations, to sell tours at preferential prices and to present culture and history of various countries and Russian regions,” head of the city tourism and hospitality department Sergei Shpilko said at the opening ceremony. “The exhibition will create an atmosphere of a round-the-world travel, which starts from Moscow,” he said.
Moscow Vice-Mayor Alexander Gorbenko described the exhibition as a landmark event targeted at the end user.
“Plenty of shows are taking place now, but this one is unique due to its orientation at clients,” Federal Tourism Agency head Alexander Radkov said.
An annual hospitality business forum opened on the exhibition sidelines for heads of federal and city departments, public organizations related to tourism and hospitality, and hospitality business professionals. They will spend three days discussing industry problems and ways of their solution.
The exhibition is divided into theme sections: ecological, children’s, social, active, religious, event and rehabilitation tourism. There will be about 20 seminars, roundtables and press conferences for professionals and the general public, as well as presentations, master classes and contests.
The exhibition presents interactive floors, such as “Culinary Show”, “Internet Cafe”, “Library”, “Children’s Playground” and “Cinema”, to tell visitors about history, culture and traditions of various countries and peoples, to involve them in performances of folk collectives, to present national cuisines and drinks and to hold contests.
The city tourism and hospitality committee is the traditional organizer of the show. It enjoys support of leading tour operators and representatives of the Association of National Tourism Offices.
The exhibition will end on May 20.