ACTB ’09 Successfully Launched on Monday


The 2009 Austrian and Central European Travel Business (actb) fair was officially launched on Monday, January 26th in Hall A of Messe Wien.

The figures for this years’ actb have been positive with 563 exhibitors presenting their products and services at 327 stands to 763 buyers from some 65 countries around the world. 

The expanded international focus of the actb was launched two years ago, now in its third year the fair includes regional partner country exhibitors – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The international attraction of the actb has been further enhanced this year by the participation of the Danube Tourist Commission and its members   – Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Moldova.

“Our vision is to position actb more distinctly as a sales platform. A top trade fair where ideal partners meet. So we are working to bring together more hotels on the supply side, and on the demand side, [in addition to] more new buyers”, explained Petra Stolba, the Austrian National Tourist Office’s CEO.

Centre stage at this year’s actb are the two high points on Austria’s 2009 cultural calender: Linz, this year’s European Capital of Culture, and Haydn 2009, a celebratory program of concerts, opera performances and exhibitions marking the 200th anniversary of Austrian composer Joseph Haydn’s death.

Ms. Stolba announced that due to scheduling conflicts the actb will be permanently relocated to Vienna’s Austria Centre as of 2010.  

Petra assured attendees that the move from Messe Wein would not put the actb in any danger of downsizing in fact she said there may even be plans for expansion next year. 

The Austrian and Central European Travel Business specialised trade fair will run from January 25 through to January 27.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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