International Travel Fair
International Fair for Regional Tourism
GO and REGIONTOUR 2016 took place in an atmosphere of economic growth and increasing interest in Bohemian and Moravian regions. Tourism in the Czech Republic reached its peak last year; both inbound and domestic tourism greatly grew and an even better result is expected in the year 2016. This was positively reflected in the offers of exhibitors as well as the interest of visitors. Attractions of given localities and specific products for direct purchase were presented in both pavilions. In four days this year’s rich offer was viewed by over 32 thousand visitors, both tourism professionals and end clients.
Concerning tourism, last year was record high in the Czech Republic, and this year even further increase is expected. We have much to offer to tourists, agreed the participants of the opening ceremony of the GO and REGIONTOUR trade fairs 2016.
In mid-January 2016, Central Europe's largest presentation of the tourism industry with emphasis on regions will again take place at the Brno Exhibition Centre. GO and REGIONTOUR fairs will be held from Thursday 14 January to Sunday 17 January 2016. This year, organizers are focusing on strengthening the commercial character of the event, i.e. sales of products of foreign and domestic tourism directly at the fair. Both projects will topically focus on families with children.
The biggest travel trade fairs in the Czech Republic have introduced themselves in a new form this year. REGIONTOUR as a carrier project supporting incoming and domestic tourism emphasised the collaboration of the countries of the Visegrad Group in the area of tourism and the development of tourism in bordering regions. For the very first time, Hungary became a partner country of the trade fair. More than a hundred foreign destinations presented themselves at the outbound tourism trade fair GO.
This year, Hungary is a partner country of the trade fair. It started its presentation in Brno in the presence of its ambassador Tibor Petö and the mayor of the city of Debrecen László Papp. “In the past year Czech tourists spent 620 000 nights in Hungary, which made the Czech Republic rank fifth in terms of the number of tourists coming to Hungary,” the Hungarian ambassador said in his speech. “By our presence here we would like to strengthen the emotional connection that Czech tourists have towards Hungary and Debrecen. Come see our stand, where we present Debrecen’s culinary specialties and the region of Northeast Hungary,” Mayor László Papp invited the visitors.
The Travel Trade Fairs have been officially inaugurated in the pavilion P. The symbolic ribbon, opening the trade fairs, was cut by the Minister of Regional Development Karla Šlechtová, the President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Milan Štěch, the Governor of the South Moravian region and the President of the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic Michal Hašek, the Mayor of the city of Brno Petr Vokřál, the Cardinal Dominik Duka, the Managing Director of the CzechTourism agency Monika Palatková, the Hungarian ambassador Tibor Petö, the Mayor of the city of Debrecen László Papp, and the Managing Director of the Brno Trade Fairs Jiří Kuliš.
GO and REGIONTOUR, the most important tourism trade fairs in the Czech Republic, will take place at the Brno Exhibition Centre on 15 to 18 January. An opportunity to reach 30 000 visitors has been taken by 983 companies from 22 countries which will present their hot news for this year's tourist season. From Friday to Sunday, comprehensive presentation of leisure activities is ready for the visitors, including a gastronomic festival, a craft fair, a cycling village and much more.
The biggest Central European travel trade fairs with an emphasis on regions presented to professionals and the public the tourist and free time offers of all Czech regions as well as of more than a hundred foreign destinations. Six hundred and eighty-six companies from eighteen countries took part in the trade fairs; the exhibition area was almost 10,000 m2. During four days the exhibition was viewed by more than thirty thousand visitors: both tourism professionals and end clients. Foreign visitors came from ten countries; mostly the neighbouring Slovakia, Poland, and Italy. Three hundred and forty journalists from the Czech Republic, Austria, Russia and Slovakia were accredited in the Press Centre.
The official inauguration of the trade fairs was attended by a number of important guests from both the Czech Republic and abroad, who highlighted the opportunity to introduce the visitors to the best tourist offers all in one place.