On 12–14 March, the 26th Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition will take place at Moscow's Expocentre.
This high-profile tourism industry exhibition has been the key event for Russia’s travel market for over 25 years. It's the place to discover new programmes and identify the trends and destinations for the year to come.
The list of exhibitors at MITT 2019 includes over 1,800 companies from 54 countries, held over six pavilions covering 40,000 sqm.
National stands at MITT
MITT will feature a whole range of national stands with Italy, Greece, and Israel taking large stands.
This year will see a range of new countries and tourist destinations including Qatar, Lebanon, the Seychelles, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Tanzania, Mongolia, and Indonesia. Ecuador will return to present the Galapagos Islands, while India will be represented by states Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Japan’s Tottori Prefecture known for its sand dunes and spectacular scenery will have a separate stand for the first time.
Partner State Bahrain will present its hotels, host agencies, and beach recreation and state-of-the-art infrastructure for sports tourism including the world’s largest indoor vertical wind tunnel and the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir that hosts Formula One Grand Prix.
Turkey will increase its exhibiting companies from Belek and Kemer. The TURSAB Association of Turkish Travel Agencies and Turkish tour operator Odeon Tours will join the national stand this year.
Tour Operators at MITT
Despite difficulties with Russian tour operators on the market, major tour operators will make large presentations of their programmes at the exhibition. This year, Biblio-Globus, Mouzenidis Travel, TUI, Art Tour, Unicorn, Alean, and Dolphin will offer their tourist products.
Visitors will get the opportunity to review the entire range of travel services thanks to the presence of cross-sectional companies at the exhibition.
Russian Regions at MITT
Targeting inbound and domestic travel, MITT 2019 will see 52 Russian regions presenting their tourist products, including Kalmykia, Astrakhan, Mordovia, the Kursk Region, the Tyumen Region, and the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region which will make its debut.
For the sixth year in a row, the Altai Territory will serve as Partner Region. On 12 March, traditionally the Day of the Altai Territory, the region will present its main types of tourism.
The Best Russian Region Video competition aims to raise interest in domestic and event tourism, cultural traditions, and ethnic diversity of Russia. Vote now for your three favourite videos. The winners will be announced at 11am on 13 March in Pavilion 2, Hall 1 at the Big Arena.
To make it easier for exhibitors and visitors to achieve their business goals, the exhibition has introduced the MITT Meetings app to schedule appointments in advance.
MITT Business Programme
This year, MITT will present an enriched programme of business events featuring new speakers and formats including pitch sessions, panel discussions, and master classes. The focus this year is on the practical aspect of the events, whereby visitors will gain an invaluable amount of information.
Expert speakers will talk about promotional strategies, portray the Russian tourist, depict the changes in travel trends, examine the outlook for the sector, and much more.
Traditional favourites, MITT Summit Hotel, MITT Digital and the MITT Academy will continue this year with new partners and formats.
A new conference titled Enhancing the Effectiveness of Tourist Information Centres. Best Russian and International Experience will be held with a panel discussion and master class to be delivered by self-management coach Max Cherepitsa. The new event is geared towards a specific real-life result and networking. Jörn Gieschen, global expert in destination marketing, will be among the keynote speakers.
Day 2 will see Maria Milashevich, Lead Analyst at Euromonitor International, take the floor at the Trends for Tourism Industry Development - Travel Trends conference with a report on the main trends and development of the global tourism market.
The panel discussion Challenges of the Russian Tourism Market - Market Shocks will see attendees engage in a candid dialogue with senior managers of Russia’s leading travel companies. Taras Demura, General Director of TUI Russia; Yana Muromova, Deputy General Director of ANEX Tour; Anna Podgornaya, General Director of Pegas Touristik; and other panellists will talk about last year’s shocks and future prospects and will suggest their options for countering dumping in the travel industry.
Continuing on Day 2 will be the panel discussion Marketing in Tourism, that Does Not Exist on the issues of travel product promotion, as well as a foresight session Tourist Business 2025–2030, where speakers will define the future of the travel industry to shape an expert vision of the key aspects of industry development until 2030.
Day 3 will see the MITT 365 - Tourist Product Diversification conference for travel agencies and tour operators striving to diversify their business and go beyond the traditional beach destinations. Participants will discuss industrial tourism, rural tourism, and eco-tourism and share successful case studies of developing new destinations from scratch.
The MITT MICE conference will cover the issues of developing the business travel industry, particularly the interaction between agencies, customers, and htels when organising MICE events.
Please note that unless otherwise specified, the business programme events will take place in Russian.
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Partner state — Bahrain
Partner region — the Altai Territory
Opening ceremony partner state — Oman
Official insurer — ERV Travel Insurance JSC
Partner bank — Credit Europe Bank JSC
Supported by the Tourism Committee of Moscow
MITT 2019 is supported by the Ministry of Economy of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Committee of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for Social Policy, the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation for Culture, the Federal Agency for Tourism, and the Moscow Government.