Ecuador Travel Mart 2008

The city of Cuenca will be hosting the Ecuador Travel Mart 2008 from 20 to 23 April. Cuenca is situated in a wide valley of the Andean Mountains, is surrounded by natural beauty and enjoys a mild climate throughout the year. It is also considered to be the third most important city in Ecuador, with a stable infrastructure and ease of accessibility. These and many other factors make Cuena a popular tourist destination and the perfect choice for hosting the Ecuador Travel Mart 2008.

The Ecuador Travel Mart is organized by the International Tourism Trade of Ecuador and is designed specifically for professionals involved in the tourism industry. Delegates from all over the world have been invited to consider the many reasons why Ecuador is an excellent tourist destination. Delegates attending the Ecuador Travel Mart will be collected from Guayaquil on Sunday 20 April and will travel by road to Cuenca, stopping off at the renowned El Cajas National Park on the way. Monday will include a tour of Cuenca followed by a workshop entitled “How to Sell Ecuador”. On Tuesday 22 April business discussions will dominate the day, with a break to enjoy lunch and a folkloric show. Tuesday evening promises to be festive, with dinner, music and fireworks. On Wednesday, participants will return to Guayaquil.

A number of pre-tours have been arranged in order to give delegates a first-hand opportunity to experience some of the many appealing aspects of Ecuador. One of the tours is a five day, four night tour of the northern Andes and part of the Amazon region. The tour starts from Quito and the first day includes a stop at the “Thermas of Papallacta” to enjoy lunch, an invigorating thermal bath and a visit to the spa. The tour continues to the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon, where after crossing the river by canoe, participants will settle in at a lodge which will serve as their base for the next two days. The day’s activities will include walking along exquisite trails whilst enjoying the abundant bird, plant and animal life. The balance of the tour includes a visit to the Otavalo region, which is renowned for its lakes, volcanoes, traditional food, handicrafts and music. The tour continues with a visit to the Cotopaxi volcanic region, including trips to the Cotopaxi National Park and the Salitre archeological ruins, and then back to Quito.

The Ecuador Travel Mart 2008 aims to let the world know that travelers who choose to visit Ecuador will enjoy an unforgettable experience.