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02.04.2014 12:16

The 13th Azerbaijan International Travel & Tourism Fair (AITF) will open on the 3rd of April at the Baku Expo Center.

The 13th Azerbaijan International Travel & Tourism Fair (AITF), which is the largest specialised exhibition in the tourism industry of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus, will open on the 3rd of April at the Baku Expo Center. AITF has earned the status of a leading international exhibition which reflects the overall situation on the current tourism market of different regions and represents the special features of different parts of the planet. The exhibition has been the international meeting place for a whole industry for 13 years. Since its inception, AITF has had the active support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The exhibition also had the support of UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), ITTFA (International Tourism Trade Fairs Association), Azerbaijan Fund for the Promotion of Export and Investment (AZPROMO) and the National Confederation of Entrepreneur Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ASK). The exhibition has been granted the "UFI Approved Event" status by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

The show is organised by Iteca Caspian and ITE Group whose network of partners and agents around the world including ITE London, EUF in Turkey, GiMA in Germany and ITE Gulf has brought international participants to the event. Official partners of all exhibitions in 2014 include Official Hotels - JW Marriott Hotel Absheron Baku and Qafqaz Point Hotel, Official Tour Operator Greenwich Travel Club and Official Safety partner - SafeLife.

This year, the exhibition will have a record number of exhibitors - 351 companies and organisations from 38 countries that can create a unique tour to any country around the world. Over 60% of exhibitors are foreign companies that are preparing to present their exclusive tourism offers that have been especially developed for the market in Azerbaijan. 40% of exhibitors are local companies. Another record is the number of National Stands at the exhibition. 24 National and Regional groups are exhibiting at the exhibition with the support of national tourism boards and national embassies, including stands from Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Zagreb (Croatia), India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Morocco, Slovenia, Stavropol Region (Russia), Thailand, Turkey, Sochi (Russia), France, Montenegro and Czech Republic. One of the repeat exhibitors at AITF is Bulgaria. The country has been the Partner of the AITF exhibition several times and will have the status of Registration Partner at this year's exhibition.

Interest from the international community is also shown by the number of VIP visitors. This year, international tourism industry experts from Lithuania, Croatia, Russia, Montenegro, a delegation from Stavropol Region and many other countries will attend the exhibition. One the most important events in the tourism industry will take place alongside the exhibition - the 57th Session of the European Commission of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and a Seminar on the effective development of tourism clusters. This meeting will be an important event for the industry as a whole and allow Azerbaijan to strengthen its international relations in the field of tourism. Session and Seminar participants will also be given a VIP Tour of the exhibition.

Over three days, the exhibition will be a practical demonstration of a wide range of tourism services, uniting the most prominent players on the tourism market, including agencies and tour operators, national groups, international representative offices, air, land and water transporters, hoteliers from different countries, tourism and commerce organisations and organisers of active and extreme tourism. The AITF exhibition pays tribute to the "One world. One exhibition." slogan by representing over 80 tourist destinations. These are the biggest tourism destinations for tourists from Azerbaijan - Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Malaysia, UAE, Slovenia, Thailand, Montenegro and many others. AITF is both a platform for the announcement of interesting new destinations and the presentation of new developments in the tourism market. This year, new countries and destinations will include Argentina, the Dominican Republic, China and the city of Zagreb. After a one year break, the National Stands of India, Greece and Malaysia will exhibit at the exhibition. Debut exhibitors include companies from Sir Lanka, Kenya and South Africa.

The number of exhibitors representing the Medical Tourism sector has seen significant growth and includes foreign medical centres, private and state clinics and diagnostic centres from Germany, Greece, Israel, Cyprus, Lithuania, Russia, Turkey and Switzerland. The world famous therapeutic qualities of Naftalan oil will be demonstrated by sanatoria from Azerbaijan. Other debutants will include companies from the Lithuanian Medical Tourism Cluster LITCARE and the Turkish Healthcare Travel Council. Another sector that will be developed by AITF this year is Immovable Property Abroad. Exhibitors will offer local real estate companies cooperation in the sale and rental of homes and offices and legal consultation services in tourism regions of Turkey, Cyprus and other European countries.

One of the most interesting and colourful events at the exhibition will be the scale of displays put on by the regions of Azerbaijan. The variety of tourism packages in Azerbaijan can enrich any tourism offering. Regions of Azerbaijan will be part of the regional display, including Gabala, Gah, Guba, Zagatala, Ismayilli, Lerik, Masalli, Mingechevir, Khachmas, Shamakhi, Shamkir, Sheki, the Republic of Nakhchivan and the department of culture and tourism of the city of Sumgait. Tourism offerings presented at the exhibition will include various types of tourist activity, including rural and eco-tourism, rafting, ski and sea resorts and many others. Nearly 60 hotels will be part of the regional display, some of which are part of global hotel chains. The Azerbaijan Tourism Association will gather the leading hotels and tourism agencies from the whole of Azerbaijan at their stand.

The first two days of AITF will be only for tourism industry specialists, that will have the opportunity to use the exhibition as a business platform for negotiations, the search for new partners, improving their image on the market and the review of new developments offered by their business colleagues. Entry to exhibition will also be open to private individuals from the 5th of April. Taking visitor feedback into account, the last day of the exhibition will be on Saturday, where they will be able to get great ideas for their next holidays.

The 8th International Horex Caucasus 2014 exhibition that will take place alongside AITF is the only specialised exhibition for the hotel and restaurant industry in the region. Companies will demonstrate modern trends and new technologies for the provision of high level tourism services, conceptual discoveries from producers, high quality service standards and standards of professional ethics.

The latest news from AITF and Horex Caucasus will be placed on the exhibition websites and social networks. Official exhibitor catalogues will be printed for the exhibitions. The Official Daily News Exhibition Newspaper will be released at the exhibition, which will provide information about the exhibitors and events. For the convenience of exhibitors, special buses from N.Narimanov metro station to the Baku Expo Center will be organised. The Organisers would like to advise you to use the online registration service at the website. Going through the online registration process only takes several minutes and will significantly save time when registering at the Baku Expo Center. This way, the exhibition opens the door to a bonanza of tourism offerings for industry professionals as well as for all travel enthusiasts. The exhibition will also demonstrate the rich tourism potential of Azerbaijan to foreign exhibitors, which will serve to popularise Azerbaijan as an impressive tourist destination. The exhibition will close on the 5th of April.

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