Dear Exhibitors an Visitors of TOUREST 2012!
Thank you all very much for making our fair a real success!
It is our great pleasure to inform you that thanks to our joint efforts TOUREST has reached an all-time visitors’record of 26 080! The last visitors' record from TOUREST 2010 - 23734 visitors- was overtopped by more than 2300 people! This year’s TOUREST gathered also an all-time best number of exhibitors - 468 representing 26 countries: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Namibia, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates/Dubai and Estonia.
The 21st International travel fair TOUREST 2012 was officially opened by Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Together with the Minister Mr. Sven Lõokene, President of the Estonian Travel and Tourism Association and Mrs. Maria Alajõe, Board Member of Enterprise Estonia took the floor. Traditionally, the Best Tourism Promoter and the Best Tourism Establishment of 2011 were announced. Best Tourism Promoter 2011 is Mr. Bert Rähni, manager of the adventure tour company 360°. Best Tourism Establishment 2011 is Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu.
In the Main hall all big Estonian tour operators, all shipping companies, many airlines, bus companies, spas, museums, providers of active holidays etc. were present with their best offers.
On the Main Stage 13 travel games, 19 auctions and 7 music and dance performances took place. Additionally, a varied entertainment program was offered by the exhibitors in their own stands. Public’s favourite – the Holidays in Estonia Hall – an exhibition of Estonian domestic tourism opened again in cooperation with the Estonian Tourist Board and all Estonian counties to present a large scale of tourism offers from different regions of Estonia and a colourful cultural program.
Together with other fair activities a full program for travel professionals was organized on the first day of the fair in the conference centre of the Estonian Fairs.
Looking forward seeing You at Tourest 2013!