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Bengaluru to Host 99th Edition of “Indian International Travel Mart”

Sphere Travel Media & Exhibition” is pleased to announce the 99th Edition of its “India International Travel Mart”, to be held from 21 to 23 July, 2017 at The Bengaluru Palace Grounds. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Shri Naveen Raj Singh, IAS, Secretary to Government, Tourism Department, Government of Karnataka, along with Hon. John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Department and Christian Religious Affairs and , Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, at 12 noon on 21 July, 2017 at the Venue. National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) representing different countries and tourism boards of many Indian states will participate in this Bengaluru edition with a view to showcase their latest tourism products, destination and services such as culture and heritage, adventure, pilgrimage, beaches, wildlife, nature, among others. The exhibitors at IITM Bengaluru will include NTOs representing countries such as Ajman, Dubai, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom. State Tourism Boards representing Andhra Pradesh, Bodoland, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tripura and Uttarakhand will take part in the event.  A highlight in this event will be the participation of the Bodoland region as well as the Karnataka Wine Board. Destination Management companies (DMCs), hotel chains and resorts, airlines, cruises, Online Travel Agents (OTAs), travel agents, tour operators and associations with overseas presence, will exhibits their products and offerings at the venue.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sanjay Hakhu, director, Sphere Travel Media & Exhibitions, said, “India, despite the present business environment, is fast emerging as one of the most interesting and productive countries for the travel industry,  both for leisure and business travel. A combination of factors is responsible for the growth and demand of travel trends from India. The visitors profile is on a B2B & B2C format like and will have over 15,000 buyers over three days.”                                                                                                                              

Highlights:

·         Sri Lanka is the “Partner Country at “India International Travel Mart in 2017.

·         Big representation from different travel and tourism products of Karnataka.

·         From India, Gujarat, Goa & Kerala are the “Partner States” while Rajasthan and Uttarakhand will be the “Feature Destinations” at the event.

·         Karnataka is the Host State for the event. Other states being represented include Kerala, Delhi, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and many more. More than 200 hotels and resorts are participating from all over India, making it one of the most diverse ranges of hospitality products in the country on display.

·         Diverse Tourism segments on display such as Pilgrimage Travel, Adventure, Cultural pursuits, shopping tours, etc.

·         International Flight offerings from Air India and Sri Lankan Airlines.

The “Indian International Travel Mart” provides an ideal “market opportunity” and “excellent backdrop” to enhance the participant’s “brand –equity” in the eyes of the discerning end consumer and the travel-trade.

Mr. Rohit Hangal, Director, added, “Domestic travel as the “backbone” of India’s Tourism portfolio and with an estimated 561 million domestic tourist visits, this segment is probably the only second to China in terms of sheer size. With the rapid economic development taking place in the country and availability of greater disposable income combined with affordable holiday packages, tourism in India is increasing steadily and acts as a catalyst for the furthering the economic growth in view of its wide-ranging linkages effects and multiple impacts. The participants from the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, and many more destinations will be seen aggressively marketing their products will be there with their travel and tourism stakeholders.” The event showcases more than 1000 destination from over 25 states.

 

 

 



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