22nd international tourism trade fair TOUREST 2013 was a great success and we wish to thank all the exhibitors and visitors for that!
We are glad to inform You that during the 3 days there was a total of 36 316 visitors which is an absolute record! Tourest 2013 had 403 exhibitors from 22 different countries: United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Egypt, Croatia, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, South Africa, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Sweden, Serbia, Finland, Slovenia, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Belarus, Russia.
Tourest 2013 was opened by Mr. Juhan Parts, the Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications. People were also welcomed by Mr. Sven Lõokene ,the president of Estonian Travel and Tourism Associaton and Mr. Martin Hirvoja, board member of Enterprise Estonia. As a tradition, the Best Tourism Promoter and the Best Tourism Establishment of 2012 were announced. The Best Tourism Promoter 2012 is Mr. Urmas Dresen, the manager of Estonian Maritime Museum, and the Best Tourism Establishment is the Seaplane Harbour.
The fair took place in the 3 halls. In the main hall there were represented all the biggest tour operators, travel agents, sea, land and air transport companies, a big variety of different hotels, spas and destinations, but also many additional services, products and Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Estonian Consumer Protection Board. In the „Holidays in Estonia“ hall it was possible to get an excellent overview of the different regions of Estonia and about the unique and interesting places and things they have to offer. The theme for children’s hall was clowns and during the 2 days of the weekend, little tourism fans were able to make their own souvenires, watch theatre shows and dance performances, dance, sing and have fun with the Clown and his friends.
During the first 2 days there was also an informative professional program in the seminar halls. Every day there was an active program on the main stage: many auctions, quizes, musical performances and presentations took place. In the end of the last day, the visitors’ favourite stands in both halls were announced. The visitors’ favourite stand in the main hall was the one of the GoAdventure and in the „Holidays in Estonia“ hall – Lääne-Virumaa county.
See You all next year, at TOUREST 2014 on February 14-16!