Our first impressions of Fitur 2012 were very positive. In the first place, it was really satisfying to be able to access the event as accredited travel bloggers. The accreditation showed the name of our blog clearly, and we were easily identifiable. The work of our colleagues at Travel Bloggers Meeting is worth mentioning, for their huge effort to make our work more professional.
With a simpler fair tan other years, due to the economy, each country, regiÃ³n, and business maximized their efforts to show their proposals. We took the first day to look around, situate each place, and de-virtualize some of the contacts that we speak with on a daily basis through the social networks.
We started in the Andalucia pavilion, which we thought was one of the best, as they put a lot of effort into showing off the beauty that this region has to offer. There we could find information about all the major cities and even some small towns. Even El Pimpi (a bar that is pure MÃ¡laga) had its own spot.
After this, we wanted to take a walk around the pavillion with North America, South America, Center America and Africa. The first were very functional, and barely showed anything of what we might see there. South America and Center America, however, wanted to be the star and they definitely succeeded. It is where we spent most time, and where we learned the most- Rusko will be there soon! Africa didnÂ´t really stand out for us, as far as displays, although its stops looked really amazing.
We had the chance to interview the representative of tourism for Zimbabwe, who told us about the attractive features of this country, especially the wild life and the Victoria Waterfalls. He told us that it is a totally safe country, with the cities similar to those you might find in Europe and that to visit the country well, you need about ten days in addition to travel time. The only down side is that you cannot fly direct from Spain, you have to transfer in Dubai or South Africa.
We finished up our visit in the pavillion where almost all the Autonomous Communities were located. We paid special attention to the stand for Asturias, which is where we went for the Rusko Route in Summer 2011 and we remembered what a great time we had there. Lastly, we decided, almost positively, that the destination for the Rusko Route in summer 2012 will take us to the Canary Islands (We are already dreaming about the trip!)
The first day ends here, and tomorrow we will make sure to give you a more detailed account, telling you the best things that each city, country or region has to offer. It was a pleasure to tell you all about it!