FITUR 2011 Reflects the Tourism Industry's Recovery

By Ifema, PRNE
Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Fair Will be Held From 19-23 January

MADRID, December 29, 2010 - The 31st edition of the International Tourism Trade Fair, FITUR,
organized by IFEMA and to be held from 19 - 23 January, 2011, begins to
reflect the tourism sector's recovery. A month after the inauguration of the
fair, FITUR has confirmed the participation of more than 10,500 companies
from 166 countries and/or regions. Thus, the selection of services on hand
will occupy 10 exhibition halls at Feria de Madrid, covering 75,000 square
meters of net exhibition space. Of particular interest in this data is the 2%
growth figure in the business area, which bodes well for the market's
recovery, while also demonstrating the importance of FITUR as a business
platform. The increase in participating companies is reflected at the Fair
with the return of some businesses, such as the technology provider AMADEUS,
the hotel group ACCOR and the car rental company NATIONAL ATESA, among
others. These are bolstered by the return to FITUR of IBERIA, with its own
stand, as the leading airline in the Spanish market.

FITUR 2011 will also be welcoming some destinations for the first time,
such as the REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO and PAKISTAN, as well as new official
delegations from New Zealand, Lebanon and South Africa, all demonstrating
their confidence in FITUR as a first-class platform to promote their tourist
offerings. FITUR's clout is also evidenced by the growth in participation by
some longstanding fair exhibitors, such as CATA, The Central American Tourism
Promotion Agency, which for the 2011 edition has increased by 24% its already
significant presence at the fair last year.


The data from the report prepared on the occasion of the FITUR 2011
Organizing Committee Meeting - presented at a press conference by IFEMA
Executive Committee President Luis Eduardo Cortes; Antonio Vazquez, President
of the FITUR Organizing Committee and IBERIA airlines; IFEMA CEO Fermin
; and FITUR Managing Director Ana Larranaga - indicates how the next
edition of the fair reflects tourism-related growth in certain emerging
areas. Among other areas, participation is on the rise in some of the markets
which have best weathered the recession, like the Asia-Pacific region, which
is increasing its presence by 4%, along with North Africa and the Middle
, with a 3% boost.

Along with the developing presence of fledglings in the tourist industry,
there are also signs of growth in the most mature markets, like Europe, whose
presence will see a 5% rise.


In this context, the event's Management is optimistic about the results
of the Fair, as one of the most active months still lies ahead, in which
applications and many last-minute requests are attended to.

In addition to the robust business response indicated by participation
rates, the numerous developments and activities planned for this next edition
suggest that the upcoming event will reflect a more dynamic and recovered
market, as the fair serves as a business-multiplying commercial platform.

With the aim of promoting commercial transactions, FITUR, working with
the news channel CNN as its official international television channel,
announces the opening of FITUR LGBT, a space which will bring together
programs aimed at the lesbian, gay, homosexual and transsexual community, one
of the tourism market segments with the greatest potential for development.
This initiative stands in addition to programs undertaken for the first time
last year and which, given their extraordinary welcome, will be back in 2011,
such as INBOUND SPAIN, a trade fair section devoted to programs promoting
Spain as a tourist destination, or INVESTOUR, a forum organized in
collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which aims to
promote investments by Spanish companies in Africa to promote tourism-based
economic development of the region's most deprived areas. This year we are
encouraging participation by the countries belonging to the Southern African
Development Community (SADC). Also, in concert with the UNWTO and Madrid's
Tourism Council, the fair will present FITUR GREEN, a space combining an
exhibition area with workshops to promote the establishment of more
environmentally sustainable systems in tourist accommodations.

In order to promote business in other key tourism segments, such as
business travel, the themed section FITUR CONGRESOS will be back, this time
called FITUR MEETINGS & EVENTS, a workshop dedicated to travel for meetings,
conferences, special events, and incentive-based trips. The new name
encompasses all the markets involved in this kind of tourism. The event will
be reduced to one day, January 18, with an emphasis on the investing
potential of buyers selected by TURESPANA. In short, stress will be placed on
the effectiveness and quality of the meeting participants in an effort to
make the function as profitable as possible.

In addition, this year FITUR will feature participation by the
MASSIVEGOOD charitable initiative, already receiving support from many
businesses and agencies in the tourism sector. The Kids Without Malaria
campaign will also be promoted at the fair, a charity backed by MASSIVEGOOD
and the Spanish Red Cross to raise awareness and funds for the diagnosis,
treatment and prevention of this disease in Africa.


Acutely aware of the importance of today's new technologies, this year
FITUR has boosted its presence on social networks. Along with its Facebook
page and presence on YouTube comes a blog at featuring
comments from tourism professionals on current industry issues. Meanwhile,
in order to encourage debate on the industry, a space on LinkedIn and also
on Twitter have been opened up, while images of the Fair can be shared via
Flickr. These are just some of the steps taken in order to increase contact
between all those involved in FITUR: its management, professionals, the
government …

FITUR also aims to increase interaction and involvement by the public in
the Fair. To this end, along with the premiere travel-related social network,, a Travel Gymkhana will be held on Saturday, January 22 and
Sunday, January 23, inviting the adventurous to discover the destinations
present at FITUR through a treasure hunt where participants can win exciting
prizes. Visitors will also be able to share their travel experiences at the
Speaker's Corner, as their input will be shown over screens strategically
placed in the fair's halls. These initiatives come in addition to those
already undertaken at the last edition with the FITUR MEETUP,
which brings travelers together so that they can share advice on destinations
and routes, and information points which, manned by MINUBE specialists, will
help visitors to get the most out of their time at IFEMA's different halls by
telling them where to find the kind of deals they are looking for, the
programs best suited to them, and information on the offerings in the
countries they intend to visit on their next vacations.

The 1st Interactive Folklore Marathon will also be held which, with the
slogan "Folklore & Art With Us," seeks to create a new interactive, fun and
cultural space in what is an extension of the traditional Peoples of the
World Folk Festival, so successful in recent years. This initiative will
combine performances with workshops where visitors can learn percussion,
singing and crafts techniques.

All in all, from January 19 - 23 FITUR will become the key place for both
professionals and the general public to find about the latest trends in
tourism, grow their businesses, or just have the most fun possible preparing
for their upcoming travels.

The days for professionals, from Wednesday, January 19 until Friday,
January 21
, FITUR 2011 will open without interruption from 10:00 a.m - 7:00
With the arrival of the general public on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 the
Fair will expand its schedule: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    For further information

    Elena Valera. Internacional Press
    Comunicacion Management
    Tel: +(34)91-722-51-74. Fax: +(34)91-722-57-93
    IFEMA - Feria de Madrid - 28042 Madrid

    Marina Tejerina Ortega . Press Officer
    Comunicacion Management
    Tel:+(34)91-722-58-24. Fax: +(34)91-722-57-93
    IFEMA - Feria de Madrid - 28042 Madrid

For further information: Elena Valera. Internacional Press, Comunicacion Management, Tel: +(34)91-722-51-74. Fax: +(34)91-722-57-93, evalera at, IFEMA - Feria de Madrid - 28042 Madrid; Marina Tejerina Ortega . Press Officer, Comunicacion Management, Tel:+(34)91-722-58-24. Fax: +(34)91-722-57-93, marina.tejerina at, IFEMA - Feria de Madrid - 28042 Madrid

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