Otdykh Leisure 2011

21 Sep 2011 - 24 Sep 2011
at Moscow, IEC "Crocus Expo"

Otdykh LEISURE exhibition, which is well know as a MUST attend event for long haul and exotic destinations, proved again its status of a trend setting event. Setting trends for an upcoming winter season, the exhibition offered Russian tourism companies a unique opportunity to meet existing and to establish contacts with new partners from most attractive winter destinations like Asia, Australia, Africa, South and Central America, Caribbean Islands. National stands of Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico, and Nicaragua were busy, as demand for exotic travel to America is growing among middle class tourists who are searching for new winter travel destinations. No Visa regulations for Russians as well as improvements in flight connection contributed to increase in tourist arrivals from Russia. For example, after "Transaero" opened direct flights from Moscow to Cancun, 12 thousand Russian tourists took 14 hours lasting flight in 2010. "Most likely, by the end of the year the quantity of Russian tourists in Mexico will make more than 30 thousand persons", noted Mr. Jorge E. Lombard - Moutte, Director of the French Tourism Board in France.

Brazilian stand was definitely one of the highlights of the show with busy schedule during the day and Brazilian music and dance performances on stage. Brazilian incoming companies are optimistic about the increase in Russian tourists, which is caused by new flight connections and visa free regulation between the countries.

Record numbers were presented by Argentinean Tourism Board. According to Mr. Gabriel Dario Perrone, the number of tourist arrivals from Russia increased by 48 % in 2010 in comparison to 2009. Asian destinations remain trend-setting for the winter season in Russia. This year GOA Department of Tourism joined Otdykh LEISURE with a separate stand and made competition to attractive nationals stands of India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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