Spain’s Turespaña cancels participation in Moscow Tourism Fair

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Spain’s official Institute of Tourism, Turespaña, has cancelled its participation in this year’s Moscow Tourism Fair.

Turespaña usually participates in the International Trade Fair for Travel and Tourism in Moscow, which is the most important tourism fair in Russia and constitutes an important opportunity for Spain to present what it has to offer as a tourist destination and to make contacts with other professionals and potential clients.

As a result of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the evolution of the conflict, Turespaña has decided to cancel all its promotional activity in Russia, including the MITT fair.

An official statement on the government website said:

“Spain, like the EU, condemns the unjustified and cruel aggression against Ukraine decreed by President Putin and demands the withdrawal of Russian troops from the entire territory of Ukraine as an indispensable condition for lifting the sanctions imposed, which include, among others, the closure of European airspace to Russian airlines.

“As a permanent member of the board of directors of the European Travel Commission (ETC), Turespaña is in coordination with this association and the other National Tourist Offices that are part of it. The ETC has issued a communiqué condemning Russia and expressing solidarity with the Ukrainian people, highlighting that tourism is a tool for peace and mutual understanding.

“While awaiting the evolution of the war and its impact on the flow of tourists over the next few months, the Spanish government, through Turespaña, is working to find alternatives to a possible absence of Russian tourists this high season in our destinations that have most ties to this market.”

Turespaña, from its office in Moscow, has informed all participants in the fair of this decision.


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