International travel trade fair TOUREST

TOUREST, THE MOST INFLUENCIAL TRAVEL TRADE FAIR IN THE BALTICS!                                                            

TOUREST is the oldest travel trade fair in the Baltic countries that has been organized by the Estonian Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ETFL) since 1991. It covers all the main travel segments, offering efficient platform to meet face to face the travel-hungry consumers and the majority of the market’s travel trade professionals who make the purchase decisions. It’s the optimum environment to present your products at the start of the season.

The 28th TOUREST 2019 took plane on February 8-10, 2019.

TOUREST 2019, organized already for the 28th time, gathered 26 204 visitors, incl 3 300 travel trade professionals who had a great possibility to familiarize with the 533 exhibitors from 30 countries. On top of the hosting country Estonia there were present Belarus, Canada, Cuba, Cypros, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Russia, Seychelles, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, the U.S.A. Guatemala and Turks and Caicos Islands being the newcomers.

Estonia is a growing market. 27 years of independence have not come close to satisfying the ever-growing motivation for travel and the need for exciting new destinations. In 2018 the number of visits to different countries abroad exceeded the population 3 times.

The exhibitors can use nearly 8000 m2 of exhibition area of the Estonian Fairs exhibition centre, located on a pictureresque shore of the Gulf of Finland, is divided into three exhibition halls.

“The Main Hall” accommodated Estonian and international tour operators, travel agencies, transportation and insurance companies, educational institutions, hotels, leisure companies, etc. A special “Global Village” area has been reserved for different international destinations.

“Travellers’ Club” seminar area offered an inspirational programme of different travel destinations. It has been definitely one of the highlights of Tourest as well as serves as a chance to enhance visibility as a destination.

"Travel ABC" is another seminar area in the Main Hall, where interesting topics connected to travelling will be discussed.

The hall “Visit Estonia!” hall organized in cooperation with Estonian Tourist Board lines up Estonian national tourism regions and attractions.

In the hall “Taste Estonia!” one finds a large selection of Estonian authentic food and cafeterias offered by Estonian Culinary Route. You could treat yourself during the long days of exhibiton and buy presents for those back at home. On top of that a colourful programme could be enjoyed on the main stage, with games and auctions. There is a special area and acitivites for kids.

NEW! Hosted Buyer Programme, Feb 7-10, for selected TO’s of different countries gathered 42 participants from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands. The programme consisted of guided tours in Tallinn, business lunches and dinners, a vivid B2B workshop with Estonian service providers at Tourest and two post-tours, one to Northern-Estonian coastal area and another to South-Estonia concentrating on Tartu and Tartu area. 
The Hosted Buyer Programme partnered Estonian Travel and Tourism Association, Estonian Tourist Board, Finnair, Visit Tallinn and Visit Tartu. 

For travel trade professionals, a specialised programme TourestPRO has been introduced, with an interesting programme on the first day of the fair.
 

SEGMENTS AND AREAS at TOUREST 2019
Accommodation - Active Tourism – Bus and Caravan area – Consumer Protection and Insurance - Culinary Travel – Cultural Travel and Events – Destination Estonia- all tourism regions – Family Travel – International destinations - Kids Activity Zone – Medical Tourism – Rural Tourism – Senior Travelling – Sun & Sea – Tourism Organizations – Traffic (air, land, sea) – Travel Agencies and Tour Operators – Travel Bloggers – Travel Media - Travel related products and services - Travellers’ Club - Wellness & Spas

See you at TOUREST 2020 on February 7 - 9. 
Holiday starts here!