On January 16, 2020, the largest tourism exhibition “Ferien-Messe Wien” has started in Vienna, Austria. It takes place in the Austrian capital every January and is one of the largest international travel forums that reflects all modern trends in world tourism.
The exhibition attracts more than 800 representatives of the tourism business from 80 countries. This year, Turkmenistan is one of the 80 participating countries. The participation of Turkmenistan in the event was organized with the support of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan and the Embassy of Turkmenistan in the Republic of Austria.
Banners advertising such sights as the routes of the Great Silk Road, historical monuments inscribed on the UNESCO intangible heritage list, culture, traditions of the Turkmen people and much more became part of the informational design of the exposition of Turkmenistan. A visual part of the exposition was a photo panel depicting the famous historical and cultural monuments and landscapes of Turkmenistan, urban planning in Ashgabat, videos displaying the present day of the country, as well as numerous publications on the development of the tourism industry. A prominent place on the stand was devoted to the tourist map of Turkmenistan, giving a visual representation of the routes of the Great Silk Road, the location of ancient Turkmen cities, famous historical monuments on its route. Particular attention of foreign tour operators and businessmen is attracted by the prospects for the development of the “Avaza” National Tourism Zone on the Caspian Sea coast.
Moreover, during the visit to Austria, Turkmen delegation held meetings with representatives of travel agencies of Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic and a number of other countries presenting their expositions at the exhibition.
As a result, travel agencies of Turkmenistan have agreed to cooperate with such travel companies as Klaus und die Welt Reisebüro, Off Roadowa. An agreement with representatives of the tourism sector of the Czech Republic, on organizing advanced training courses for Turkmen representatives was reached as well.
During the exhibition, visitors were also acquainted with the cultural events planned in Turkmenistan and abroad on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality.