I would like to welcome all exhibitors, organizers and guests to the 22nd edition of the International Russian Travel Market OTDYKH 2016.
Tourism industry in Russia and in the world is continuing to develop. The annual OTDYKH forum that has become a significant event for the travel industry and will take place for the 22nd time proves this fact.
The State Council presidium meeting held in Altai on 26 August 2016 chaired by Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia raised a number of important issues of health tourism and resorts development in the Russian Federation, including the necessity of medical and health tourism promotion. Russia is historically competitive in this area, and has unique experience and opportunities for its further development.
Indeed, OTDYKH contributes to the solution of these issues, being one of the leading business platforms for the tourism industry that brings together representatives of the Russian regions, national tourism offices from around the world, tour operators, hotels, educational institutions and other tourist market players.
The Forum will highlight the important issues of health, medical and business tourism development, the application of new technologies, and implementation of tourism projects in the Russian Federation, providing tourism experts an opportunity to share experiences and to improve their skills.
I would like to wish all exhibitors, organizers and guests fruitful work, implementation of plans and all the best.
Chairman of the Social Policy Committee of the Federation Council15.09.2016