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Sunday, July 2

The 12th Cataratas Tourism Festival has just ended: will you come in 2018?


Official Grand Opening (Nilton Rolin / Itaipu)
This is just to share some memories and images of the 12th Cataratas Tourism Festival (Foz do Iguaçu Tourism Market ) that ended two days ago on Friday, 30th, 2017. By "Cataratas" organizers have intended to pinpoint The Iguassu Falls as the seat of the Tourism Festival held in the City of Foz do Iguaçu, from June 28 - 30. 
The Fair (NR)

Brazilian Minister of Tourism Marx Beltrão with Paraguayan Galoperas Jar Dancers (NR)
Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) Puerto Iguazu(Argentina) and  Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) form the Three-Point Border where the three countries meet.  The Cataratas Festival is a umbrella event under which the following parallel events take place:     
Hackthoners at work (Festival Photo)
The Iguassu  Tourism Forum, Hackatour (Tourism Hackathon), The Argentine Wine Hall, The MICE Cataratas Hall,  Thermal and Spa Tourism Hall, Adventure Cataratas Hall,  E-Marketing Cataratas Halls, Shopping Tourism Hall, Cultural and Spirituality Hall, Gastronomy Arena, Regional Sustainable Product Expo, the Cataratas Hotel Expo and of course the flagship International Cataratas Tourism Fair. Summing up 1.780 exhibitors showcased  1176 brands in 209 stands in the fair. Over 8.000 visitors have been registered. The festival has grown 18% compared to last year's edition, according to organizer's information.


Meeting of Portuguese-speaking Tourism Ministers (Festival Photos)
Exceptionally this year the festival hosted the 9th Meeting of CPLP Ministers of Tourism. CPLP stands for Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries. Present were ministers of tourism from, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau,  Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Principe and East Timor. Out of the event there came the Foz do Iguaçu Declaration. As of this event Brazil has taken over the pro tempore  presidency of the international organization.  
 
Go to site (Portuguese only)

The International Cataratas Tourism Festival is signed by Paulo Angeli and staff in partnership with the official Secretary of Tourism, Itaipu Binational Dam among others.  Preparations have started for the 13th International Cataratas Tourism Festival in 2018. Save the date: June 20 to 22 next year. 

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Land of Many Waters

Land of Many Waters
This is a secret little waterfalls where I often go and take a very few people for my ecopsychological nature-connecting experience