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International tourism professionals converge in Moscow for Russia’s largest travel exhibition

International tourism professionals converge in Moscow for Russia’s largest travel exhibition (Forimmediaterelease.net) The Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT) 2015, the leading event in Russia to conduct business with key members of the travel trade, opened its doors on March 18, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.

Over 200 representatives of tourism boards, Ministers and press were in attendance at the official VIP Cocktail Reception which inaugurated the 22nd edition of the fair. These attendees represented around destinations from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, Australasia, the Mediterranean, among others.

Speaking about why they exhibit, Argentina’s Minister, Carlos Enrique Meyer, commented: “We started working in this market several years ago and we want to continue promoting Argentina to Russia. Since 2003 we have seen a very steady growth in Russian tourists, and last year we had about 11,000 Russians visit Argentina. We find the MITT exhibition very professional and I am surprised to see people from all over the world here. There are some trade fairs that we need to exhibit at and MITT is one of them.”

This year the exhibition has attracted a number of new destinations looking to target the outbound tourism market in Russia. Tourism boards from Yemen, Bahrain and Myanmar are all exhibiting with national stands for the first time.

The island of Crete is present with their own stand for the first time, and the Region of Sardegna and the Chamber of Commerce of Nuoro will make their debut. Furthermore, the tourism board of Turkey has almost doubled its presence, highlighting the continued importance of the Russian tourism market.

The MITT will take place until March 21, 2015 at the Expocentre in Moscow, Russia.

About MITT

MITT traditionally marks the beginning of the region’s spring-summer tourism season. It is Russia’s largest and longest running travel and tourism exhibition, and one of the world’s top five industry events.

The event is a platform where travel trade professionals, government ministers and international press can assess the market/competition; network with existing and new clients, as well as conduct and conclude deals for the following tourism season.

The first three days of the exhibition (March 18-20, 2015) are for travel professionals only. The last day of the exhibition (March 21, 2015) is open to the general public.

Save the date: Next year MITT will take place on the March 23-26, 2016 and will celebrate its 23rd edition.

Event layout

• Pavilion 1: Multi-focused Russian tour operators, Crimea, sea and river cruise operators, “Global Village” and “Travel Technology”

• Pavilion 2, halls 1-3: European and Mediterranean destinations

• Pavilion 2, hall 2: “Medical and Health Tourism”

• Pavilion 8, halls 1-2: Turkish Ministry of Tourism, Turkish accommodation providers and Russian outbound multi-focused tour operators

• Pavilion 8, hall 3: Russian inbound destinations

• Forum pavilion: Africa, Australasia, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas

• Outside: Coach tour operators

MITT is organized by ITE Group plc, which organizes a portfolio of 8 annual travel industry exhibitions in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

About ITE Group plc

ITE Group plc was established in the early 90s and is now one of the leading organizers of conferences and exhibitions. Today, the group organize over 230 trade exhibitions and conferences each year in 19 countries.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alison O’Dowd, Marketing & PR, ITE Group plc, E: alison.odowd@ite-exhibitions.com , W: www.travel-exhibitions.com

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