MITT, the 17th Moscow International Travel & Tourism exhibition, is Russia’s number one exhibition for the travel industry and one of the top five travel exhibitions in the world. It comes just as some experts in the Russian tourism industry report predicted growth of 10-12% in 2010, as Russia’s economy begins to recover from the crisis and air travel costs remain low.
MITT caters for the trade and consumer travel market, with the first two days of the exhibition open exclusively to trade visitors.
Many destinations are demonstrating the importance of the Russian market to their tourism industry by significantly increasing the size of their stands. These include China, Israel, Japan, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Costa Rica, Tunisia and South Africa. Dubai, MITT’s partner destination in 2009, continues to have a major presence at the exhibition, with a stand of 350 m². Also, Kenya makes a welcome return to the exhibition this year following huge demand from tour operators in the region.
Quote from Event Director, Maria Badakh, “Despite the crisis, Russians have not stopped travelling and interest in attracting larger numbers of these lucrative travellers has not diminished. MITT has a very high proportion of regular exhibitors, but this year, we are pleased to introduce a number of new companies, such as Riu Hotels & Resorts, and destinations, including Netherlands, Albania and Réunion. This year’s partner country, Greece, is organising a number of events that are bound to inspire our visitors.
Official sponsors of MITT 2010 are: Atlantisline, Pegas Touristik, Pac Group, Gartour and Danko.
MITT’s official partners are: UNWTO, PATA, ITTFA, CECTA, ATA, World Travel Awards and Skyteam.