TOKYO, September 12 (Itar-Tass) - An annual World Travel Fair JATA-2013 (JATA Tourism Forum & Travel Showcase) opened on the Odaiba artificial island here on Thursday.
Organizers of the Fair have told Itar-Tass that the display stands at the Fair represent over 700 travel companies from more than 150 countries. The principal purpose of the Fair is to tell visitors by what their country can attract the experienced traveler in the 21st century.
JATA expands in size and scope. The number of exhibitors this time is 30 percent larger than that at the JATA-2012. The overall area of the Fair has also reached a record-high mark of 34,000 square meters this year.
Taking part in the Russian exhibition are officials of the Russian Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy and representatives of travel companies from Russia's regions, as well as the OAO Aeroflot - Russian Airlines public joint-stock company. It is noteworthy that Primorsky Territory this year is represented by ten travel firms which regard Japan's largest travel fair as a fine opportunity to project a favourable image of the region and attract guests from abroad.
JATA is notable for both a diversity of exhibits and vivid events. Along with the presentation of travel services propers, many participating countries arrange display stands of national cuisine, as well as souvenir shops. A tour of the Fair resembles globe trotting: within a space of several hours one can get acquainted with the culture and peculiarities of a majority of countries. In Thailand's sector of the JATA visitors are sure to be offered a relaxing massage while Japan's major air carrier JAL will provided an opportunity to appreciate in person the convenience of the newest-design seats and enjoy the comfort of the airliners' First Class from the very moment one enters the plane on the ground.