Rimini, 29th November 2005 - The fifth edition of the Forum on Tourism in the Mediterranean, organised by the Chamber of Commerce of Rimini in collaboration with the Italian Trade Commission (ICE), ends today. The real “heart” of the Forum on Tourism in the Mediterranean are the numerous business meetings that are concluding today and that have involved over 150 business from the Rimini area and 80 delegates from Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Russia, but another important part of the Forum was the second Assembly of the Inter-Mediterranean Tourism Association that took place yesterday morning. The Inter-Mediterranean Tourism Association, which was founded during the 2004 edition of the Forum on Tourism in the Mediterranean, comprises 17 key figures and associations in the sector and aims to promote cooperation and the general development of this sector, which is extremely important for the economies of these countries. The introductory address was made by Manlio Maggioli, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Rimini and incumbent Chairman of the Inter-Mediterranean Tourism Association. The work of the Assembly then continued with the presentation of the Association’s new Internet portal www.intermedit.org. The website has two main functions; firstly, it is an information tool that communicates the activities of the Association to the general public and secondly, it is an internal institutional function that will allow the 17 Association members to communicate and keep in touch. Later, there was also a presentation of the state of progress of the project to publish a promotional brochure dedicated to Mosaics in the Mediterranean and aimed at creating ad hoc tourism packages. The brochure is a follow-up to the Mosaics in the Mediterranean project that was founded during the 2004 edition of the Forum. With regards to training, after the course on Italian Cookery Techniques for 12 chefs from Morocco and Tunisia, being held at Itinera, the Assembly has decided that activities on individual countries will continue designed at creating professionals for the tourism chain. The exact methodology to be followed has yet to be decided. The course on Italian Cookery Techniques was considered a huge success by all Association members. The venue of the next Association Assembly meeting, the third, was set and will be held in Marrakech, Morocco in spring. Finally, the estimate budget for the Inter-Mediterranean Tourism Association for the year 2006 was approved by the Assembly. The 6th edition of the Forum on Tourism in the Mediterranean should be held from 26th - 28th November 2006, once again at the same time as the SIA Guest Exhibition.
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