Bahia, one of the top touristic destinations in Brazil, will be showcasing its many attractions during the 1st Tourism Fair of Bahia (I Salão Baiano de Turismo), taking place May 17-19 at Centro de Convenções da Bahia in Salvador.
Preparations are under way at the Convention Center for the event with a 120-square-meter area featuring the state's 13 travel routes; shows representing the best of regional music; food courts and concept restaurants serving typical culinary; and workshops on crucial themes for Bahia and Brazil tourism at large, including FIFA World Cup 2014.
A particularly interesting workshop for international visitors will be the one with Brazil travel pros Ricardo Freire of Viaje na Viagem, Alison McGowan of Hidden Pousadas Brazil and photographer Tony Galvez. The theme of the workshop is "The Independent Traveler".
Another highlight at the Salão will be the presentation of a study carried out by the Fundação Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas (Fipe), the largest study of its kind ever, based on 17,000 questionnaires applied in 44 Bahia touristic destinations and revealing the latest on the state's tourism statistics.
The study will be presented by Fipe coordinator Wilson Rabahy. According to Bahia Tourism Secretary Domingos Leonelli, the document follows up on studies carried out between June 2008 and June 2009. "We are building a solid database for the implementation of an economic observatory for Bahia tourism," he said in a press release.
The study shows that tourism in Bahia is on the rise. Some of the strongest trends in local travel will be widely showcased at the fair, among them Ethnic Tourism.
I've been invited to the Fair by Bahiatursa and am looking forward to the event, a press trip to Morro de São Paulo and meetings with the other travel buffs, including reunions with Alison McGowan and colleagues I met during a recent press trip to Chapada Diamantina. I'll have updates soon!
I Salão Baiano de Turismo:
Centro de Convenções da Bahia
May 17-19, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Open to the public; admission free. Present a photo ID for sign-up.