THERE will be no Mediterranean Travel Fair (MTF) in 2007, say organisers Reed Travel Exhibitions, who shared the news with TTN in an email statement.
'The Egyptian Tourist Authority and Reed Travel Exhibitions have decided to postpone the 2007 edition of Mediterranean Travel Fair in order to research and consult with the industry on a change of format that would better serve both the Egyptian and international tourism industry in conducting business both with Egypt and the region,” Tom Nutley, Chairman of Reed Travel Exhibitions said in the statement.
“Once a new format is agreed, a further announcement will be made.
Rumours that the event is to be shifted to other regional destinations such as Cyprus or Greece are unfounded, TTN learned, and the next edition of the event will be in 2008, after RTE has consulted with the Egyptian ministry and stakeholders.
MTF is the only travel trade fair for the eastern Mediterranean region and 2006 visitor numbers were up at least 25 per cent over the previous year, according to statistics issued last September on the third day of the annual event.
The organisers’ decision follows a strategy review.
RTE also organizes such other major industry events as World Travel Market, the International Luxury Travel Market and the Arabian Travel Market.