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12.03.2012 13:04

AITF 2012 will bring together more than 200 exhibitors

AITF 2012 will bring together more than 200 exhibitors, all presenting their exclusive tourist offerings. The exhibition currently showcases 60 tourist destinations, with 15 national stands and 28 countries.

Turkey is the eventís partner country for the third year running, and will showcase its tourist potential from an extensive stand.

AIFT (Azerbaijan International Travel and Tourism Fair) is pleased to announce that Bulgaria will be the guest country for the first time, from 12-14 April 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan.

According to Ivo Marinov, Deputy Minister for Economy, Energy and Tourism of Bulgaria, there is great potential for cooperation between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan in the tourism sector.

Georgia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Dubai will present national stands, and the Stavropol Regionís stand will combine offerings from the resort towns of Yessentuki, Zheleznogorsk, Kislovodsk, Mineralnye Vody and Pyatigorsk, all famous for their popular spa treatments. Several high-profile organisations are making their first appearance at the exhibition this year, such as the Lithuanian Spa Association, representation from Sloveniaís wellness and spa sector.

Mauritius, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Thailand and several others will exhibit this year to demonstrate the exotic locations available to the Azerbaijan outbound travel market. The World Tourism Organisation, a long-time supporter of the event, is also exhibiting at this yearís event, which emphasises the international interest shown in AITF.

Traditionally, the stand of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Republic will demonstrate the potential for tourism in Azerbaijan at the exhibition. New destinations for adventure holidays in Azerbaijan will be presented by travel agents, holiday spots and spas in the country. World famous hotel brands such as Fairmont, Hilton Baku and Park Inn will complete the exhibitionís domestic representation.

The exhibitionís standout aspect this year will be its extensive business programme, with open presentations and various cultural and entertainment events to bring to life the national character of the exhibiting countries. The programme will focus on active interaction between exhibitors and visitors and allow them to get useful information on the tourism industry by means of the following:

  • Qatar Airways will deliver themed presentations every day on their destinations in Asia, the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean
  • Thailandís National Tourism Agency will present the countryís exotic resorts
  • The Visegrád Group, a union of Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, will give visitors the chance to find out about tours to their countries.

Notes to Editors

AIFT is organised by ITE Group Plc, a leading organiser of international exhibitions and conferences in fast-developing and emerging markets. The Group comprises 27 offices worldwide and organises over 200 events every year in 14 countries. For more about ITE, please see the website: www.ite-exhibitions.com.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan is officially supporting the exhibition, and support is also being provided by the World Tourism Organisation, the Azerbaijan Export & Investment Promotion Foundation, the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the International Tourism Trade Fairs Association. Azerbaijan Airlines is the eventís official airline, and for the second year running SW Travel is sponsoring the event. AITF 2012 is being organised by ITE Group plc and its partners in Azerbaijan Iteca Caspian LLC.

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