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Tourism Professionals came together at EMITT 28 May 2018

Tourism Professionals came together at EMITT

Bringing representatives of the tourism industry together, one of the five largest tourism exhibitions in the world, EMITT 2018 International Tourism Exhibition took place on January 25-28, 2018 at the TUYAP International Fair and Exhibition Center. 650 Tour operators who were selected and invited out of 4,500 in total from 108 countries, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Russia, Balkan countries and Italy, participated in EMITT.

With the exhibition participation support provided by the Thrace Agency, Thrace hotels and agencies took part in the East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition. Participating in the exhibition in a separate booth in the 5th hall, Thracian tour operators and hotels had the opportunity to have one-on-one business meetings and form business connections with domestic and international tour operators, agencies and hotels. Making a statement about the participation in the EMITT Exhibition, Thrace Development Agency Secretary-General Mahmut Şahin expressed the following: "Making progress in recent years, the nation's tourism is advancing towards the 50 million tourists and 50 billion USD target. Despite the occasional road accidents, the domestic and international tourism market has demonstrated considerable growth. And we, as Thrace aim to have a larger share of this market.  Our agency has been participating in EMITT with a concept that is highlighting our professionals for three years. In recent years, we have been representing all of Thrace in the cities booth. This year we have also taken our place with tour operators and hotels active in Thrace in the 5th hall. This year, the city of Edirne requested to participate in a separate booth of their own, and we responded positively, giving them a separate booth and position. The cities of Tekirdağ and Kırklareli carried out their promotions together. We invited all our tourism operation licensed hotels and all our tour operations and agencies in Thrace to the EMITT Exhibition. Our aim was to create a platform which enabled representatives of the sector to form business ties. We attended the exhibition with 12 hotels and tour companies that responded to our invitation. We had great results from the one-on-one business meetings our firms were able to carry out and I believe we were able to contribute to the promotion of our region on a domestic and international scale."

Thrace Development Agency Appeared as a Guest at the "Local Development and Tourism" Titled Session

Conferences and panels took place within the exhibition with tourism professionals. In the Local Development and Tourism Panel, local administrations, non-government organizations and other local and regional units were informed about how to receive support via local resources for projects which utilize tourism as a means for development. The Thrace Development Agency executive mentioned the organization's infrastructure and superstructure projects being carried out in Thrace. He also mentioned the Ecotourism Project in the Vize and Demirköy districts of Kırklareli, the Kırklareli Demirköy District Hamdibey Tourism Village Civil Architecture and Street Improvement project, the Hamdibey Village and Sislioba Village Visitors Center Project, and the Dupnisa Cave and Involving Surrounding Villages' in Ecotourism project. 

Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin Visited the Thrace Booth                      

Organized by the Thrace Development Agency, the Tekirdağ, Kırklareli and Edirne booths attracted great interest. Firms located in the booths had the opportunity to form business connections with domestic and international representatives of the sector.

Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin visited the Thrace booth on the first day of the exhibition. Visiting the Tekirdağ and Kırklareli booth as well as the Edirne booth with his companions, Vali Şahin had a photograph taken with the exhibition participants. During the course of the four-day exhibition, the Tekirdağ Deputy Governor Suat Yıldız, Demirköy Mayor Muhlis Yavuz, Vize Mayor Sedat Balki, Edirne Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Recep Zipkinkurt, visited the Thrace booth. During their visit, guests were able to obtain information about the sector and practices in place within the sector, from the Tekirdağ Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Necmi Asan, and Edirne Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Ahmet Hacıoğlu.

Hotel and agency representatives taking part in the exhibition in the Thrace booth stated that they had the chance to have productive dialog with hotel and agency representatives from Turkey and from different countries around the world and extended their thanks to the Thrace Development Agency for the organization.