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    BERLIN, March 12, 2004. (RIA Novosti). All Russian regions from Kaliningrad (Russia's most western region on the Baltic Sea) to Kamchatka (Asia's north-east) are presented at ITB-2004, the world's largest international tourist exhibition opening in Berlin on Friday.

    According to Erzhena Mintasova, the head of the international cooperation board of the tourism department of the Russian Economic Development and Trade Ministry, Altai, Karelia, Sakha-Yakutia, Bashkiria, Chelyabinsk, Krasnodar, the Rostov region and many other regions and towns will present their tourist possibilities at Russia's stand.

    Russia's tourist business is growing by 7 per cent a year and leaves behind similar average European and world data, Mintasova said.

    Cultural routes, ecological tourism (visits to unique Kamchatka, Altai and Yakutia's nature reserves), river cruises and business tourism typical of Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk and Perm, are the most actively developing tourist branches in Russia, she noted.

    The ITB-2004 exhibition will run until March 16. Over 65,000 people are expected to attend it.

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