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International Travel Trade Fair “Balttour 2013”

08 February 2013
International Travel Trade Fair “Balttour 2013”

Radio Guide Company took part in the International Travel Trade Fair “Balttour 2013” that took place in Riga in February 8th – 10th, 2013. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the fair is reputed to be a traditional commencement of new tourist season. The exposition was formed by two topics: Travel Latvia and Discover the World that embraced around 700 travel enterprises from 34 countries.

Prior to the Fair, the Russian-Baltic Cultural Tourism Forum took place in Riga presenting the largest events and projects: World Student Games (Universiade) in Kazan in 2013, Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014, FIFA World Cup in 2018, North Caucasian projects and those of the marine passenger terminal of St. Petersburg “Marine Fa?ade”. The Russian delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Culture of Russian Federation Alla Manilova. The event provided a large business program including plenary meeting, presentations, seminars and round-table discussions. Radio Guide Company provided digital equipment for simultaneous translation during the event.

At the end of the business program was held a joint press conference of Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation and Federal Travel Agency. During the press conference were discussed a wide range of international cooperation in tourism issues. Mass media were particularly interested in such travel industry development before the Olympics. All questions regarding the Kransodar region (where Sochi is located) were answered by the Minister of Resorts and Tourism Eugene Kudel.

As a part of the forum, the Deputy Minister of Culture of Russian Federation Alla Manilova opened the exhibition “Russia seen by children”. After that the Deputy Minister visited regional stands of the fair. The exposition of the resorts in Krasnodar region was mentioned as actively developing and promising in the domain of cultural tourism. The actual presentation of Russian regions took place on February 8th in the International Exhibition Center “Kipsala”. The Deputy Minister of Resorts and Tourism in Krasnodar region Lolita Avdeeva presented methodology of sanatorium-and-spa treatment and active tourism in Kuban area.

Such international events help to establish collaboration in tourism between Russia and the Baltic states, activate and develop cultural connections as well as attract tourists from the neighboring regions.