CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - April 10, 2013) - The 3rd edition of Conexión Spain Virtual (translated, "Virtual Connection Spain") opens today. The interactive trade show taking place Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11 showcases Spain as a leisure and convention tourism destination and is organized by the Tourist Offices of Spain in the USA and Canada.
Geared toward consumers, travel professionals, and anyone from the U.S. and Canadian markets planning or dreaming a trip to Spain, the virtual trade show will feature more than 40 exhibitors
from Spain in interactive booths where visitors may browse, download brochures, start a chat conversation, pick up or leave a business card, and request further information. At Conexion Spain Virtual 2013 visitors will have a chance to chat live with suppliers and CVBs from over 14 Spanish regions and cities to get the latest news on trends, side trips and adventures; they will also benefit from special offers from hotels, tour operators, incoming services and Destination Management Companies.
Last year's show attracted some 5,000 visitors, and thanks to greater awareness of the show through digital and social media campaigns plus increased exhibitor participation, many more are expected this year. Similar to a traditional trade show, numerous travel prizes are offered as a means of encouraging client interaction and providing attendees a chance at seeing Spain in a real, and not virtual, manner.
There will also be live webcasts: an interview with keynote speaker & culinary expert Annie Sibonney in "The Flavor of Spain with Annie Sibonney"; Blogs with Spanish Flair" (Rod Younger: "No time for ZZZs in Zaragoza!"; Mike Booth: "It's About Loving Spanish Spain"; Abi Paul: "The Cheapo's guide to Madrid in 2 days") and "Digital Nomad: Where's Andrew?" with National Geographic's Andrew Evans.
Registration for the show is free.
To register, and to consult a complete listing of exhibitors, prizes, and webcasts, please visit: www.conexionspainvirtual.com
About the Tourist Offices of Spain
The Tourist Offices of Spain in the USA and Canada (Toronto, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago) are five of the 33 worldwide offices of TURESPAÑA, Spain´s government tourism promotion authority based in Madrid. Each is responsible for promoting Spain as a tourism destination among the travel trade, press and consumers in their respective geographic markets. Collectively, they cooperate for joint promotions serving the entire American and Canadian markets on specific campaigns such as ConexiónSpain Virtual. www.spain.info
About the platform designer
The site for all three editions of ConexiónSpain Virtual has been designed by Spain-based IMASTEips, a leader in Europe for virtual events and webcast platforms, recently acquired by the American company ON24. www.imaste-ips.com.
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