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Mexico City hosts successful FITA 2012 tourism fair
Mexico City successfully launched its Third Annual International Tourism Fair of the Americas (FITA 2012) last week, September 20-23, at the Expo Bancomer center in the capital's Santa Fe district. Thousands of industry professionals from Mexico City and around the world gathered at the event, demonstrating that FITA has become an important networking opportunity for tourism professionals and a symbol of Mexico's thriving tourism industry.
Carlos Mackinlay, Secretary of Tourism in Mexico City, thanked attendees for their participation in FITA 2012, noting that 1,600 buyers from Mexico City, 1,900 from Mexico, and 500 international buyers from more than 20 countries are attending the event to promote, share and market their products.
The first two days of FITA 2012 will serve as a venue for more than 10,500 business transactions with the participation of 3,810 professionals, and features a program of live demonstrations, cultural events and presentations. The fair will be open to the general public during the final two days, when visitors can discover 160 stands, representing nearly 600 companies and 2,500 individual exhibitors.
FITA 2012 attracts the travel's industry's most prominent professionals: wholesalers, tour operators, transportation companies, hotels, event planners, travel agencies, national tourism promotion agencies, convention marketing offices, travel media and general visitors.
FITA 2012 is sponsored by the Government of Mexico City, Mexico City Ministry of Tourism, MÉXICO (national tourism board), BBVA Bancomer and mundo Maya 2012.
FITA was created in 2009 in the aftermath of the global economic downturn and an influenza crisis – two events that impacted tourism in Mexico. Mexico City's government sought to create marketing events that would reestablish the city as a leading destination and showcase its attractions and hospitality.
FITA aims to be among the world's top international tourism fairs, which includes Spain's FITUR, London's World Travel Market, and Berlin's ITB. It has already been recognized by the U.S. Travel Association as one of the 15 most important fairs, and has been inducted into the international circuit of tourism fairs by the World Tourism Organization (WTO).
FITA is supported by 38 associations and chambers of tourism industry in Mexico, who have contributed to improving the fair in each of its first three years. The fair is also supported by the Tourism Board of Mexico and ProMexico, the country's investment promotion agency.
FITA is a must-attend event for travel industry and tourism professionals and those who want to discover the Mexico City destination.
For more information and registration to FITA 2012, please view: fitamx.com
Mayor Ebrard elected President of UN Committee on Safer Cities
Mayor Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon was elected President of the Steering Committee of the Global Network on Safer Cities (GNSC) during its formal launch at the World Urban Forum held in Naples this month. The GNSC oversees the development of the UN Guidelines on Safer Cities, the Urban Safety Index and the creation of a Global Fund on Safer Cities.
The distinction marks the first time that a Mexican local authority has been appointed with an international position by the UN system, demonstrating Mexico City’s successes over the past few years in promoting urban safety, law enforcement and crime prevention.
In his acceptance speech, Mayor Ebrard said urban crime and violence are serious issues that must be addressed on a global scale, while emphasizing these problems should be solved with intelligence rather than the use of force. “Safer urban spaces are what we are all aiming for,” he stated. “Cities all over the world are supporting this initiative and it is time for mayors to deliver. We will deliver and get results in gaining safer cities for us and our children.”
The Global Network on Safer Cities was created with the goal of equipping local authorities with the training necessary to improve urban safety, and to support local governments in defining and implementing effective strategies to prevent crime and violence in cities. Mayor Ebrard will be President of the GNSC until 2016. read more