The Ecuador Ministry of Tourism, which promotes travel to the country, concluded a successful debut exhibition in Las Vegas at IMEX America 2013, the largest meetings industry forum in North America, which was held from Oct. 15-17.
Ministry representatives and Ecuadorian exhibitors conducted meetings with more than 140 international buyers, with the participation of five industry partners.
“We have been thrilled to share Ecuador’s world-class meetings offering with the top buyers in the industry in our IMEX debut,” said Norma Bock, director of MICE, Ecuador Ministry of Tourism.
Partners presenting their meetings and conventions offering included EQ Touring, Klein Tours, Metropolitan Touring, Napo Wildlife Center and Quito Conventions Bureau, highlighting meetings and incentives offerings throughout the Galapagos Islands, Pacific Coast, Andes and Amazon.
“The buyers we met were very receptive and excited to learn about the exotic destinations that Ecuador has to offer,” said Bock. “Ecuador is increasing our presence in the meetings sector, and this was an extraordinary opportunity for us to highlight the unique experiences and sophisticated infrastructure available in the country.”
With five major convention and exhibition centers, more than 21,800 hotel rooms in 25 leading hotels, and highly trained meeting planners in Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, Ecuador offers the infrastructure to host international meetings and is rapidly gaining recognition as a unique destination for the sector in South America.