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Egyptian Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism opened the third Mediterranean Travel Fair

The third Mediterranean Travel Fair, MTF<.>, was opened yesterday by the Egyptian Prime Minister…

The third Mediterranean Travel Fair, MTF<.>, was opened yesterday by the Egyptian Prime Minister, Dr Atef Ebeid and the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Dr Mamdouh El-Beltagui. The event is taking place 17 – 19 September 2002 at the Cairo International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Egypt.



Tom Nutley, Managing Director, Reed<.> Travel Exhibitions, organisers of the event, spoke at a press briefing after the opening ceremony. He stated that MTF had created a real impact on the travel and tourism industry and was now an established event in the exhibition calendar.



He continued: ‘This year, we have more exhibitors at the show than ever before and more countries represented. In terms of physical space occupied, MTF occupies 1,866 square metres – an increase of 6.8% on last year. We have 119 main standholders – an increase of 9.2% on last year. The international profile of the exhibitors grows year on year, at MTF 2002 we have exhibitors from 31 countries in attendance. Of these, 27 are exhibiting in an official capacity, and new to the show are Algeria, Britain, Korea, Nepal, Oman, Paraguay, Romania and South Africa.’



Nutley highlighted the fact that Egypt has much to offer as a tourist destination, with a tourism market set to grow at a rate of 10 per cent over the next 25 years. He also pointed out that the surrounding countries in particular Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey and Jordan all have huge tourism markets and how important it is for the region to have its own meeting place and business forum for the travel sector.



Nutley concluded by thanking Reed Travel Exhibitions’ partners for their ongoing support and commitment to Mediterranean Travel Fair: the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, the Egyptian Tourist Authority, the Egyptian Federation of Tourist Chambers, the Egyptian Travel Agents Association, the Egyptian Hotel Association and Egypt Air.



MTF 2003 will be held 16-18 September 2003 at the Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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