The inaugural International Tourism Fair of the Americas (FITA) will take place in Mexico City from September 23 to September 26, 2010, coinciding with the bicentennial celebration of Mexico’s Independence and the centennial celebration of the Mexican Revolution.
FITA 2010 is expected to attract more than 200 national and international exhibitors from more than 70 countries, bringing together major industry players such as wholesalers, tour operators, transportation companies, hotels, event promoters, official tourism organizations, travel agencies, conventions representatives, and the media.
Announcing the event, Mexico City’s Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said the city’s govenrment expects the International Tourism Fair of the Americas to become one of the world’s most important tourism events. Mayor Ebrard said that with the launch of FITA 2010, Mexico City is renewing its commitment to the tourism sector, which is critical to the city and the country’s prosperity.
“FITA 2010 will showcase the amazing destinations of the world in a cosmopolitan and culturally rich setting,” says Alejandro Rojas, tourism secretary of Mexico City. “There is no better place to host a tourism event than Mexico City, with its extraordinary mosaic of lights, colors, tastes, smells, sensations and emotions. FITA 2010 will demonstrate that Mexico City is an ideal gathering place for a world-class tourism event next year and for years to come.”
For more information on the Tourism Fair of the Americas 2010, visit fita2010.com.
Mexico City (in Spanish, Ciudad de México, México or Méjico) is the capital city of Mexico. As well as being the country’s capital and its economic, industrial, and cultural center, it is also Mexico’s most populous city, boasting more than 8.8 million inhabitants. According to Wikipedia, Greater Mexico City (known as the Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México), which incorporates 59 adjacent municipalities of the state of Mexico and 29 municipalities of the state of Hidalgo, has a population exceeding 19 million people. This makes Greater Mexico City the second largest metropolitan area in the Americas and the third largest in the world.
The city is located in the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateaus at the center of Mexico, at an altitude of more than 7,000 feet. The city was originally built as Tenochtitlan by the Aztecs in 1325 on an island of Lake Texcoco but was destroyed when the Spanish Conquistadores besieged it in 1521. The city was subsequently redesigned and rebuilt to Spanish tastes. In 1524 it was esyablished as a municipality called México Tenustitlán and the city became officially known as ciudad de México in 1585, according to Wikipedia.