Category Archives: Exhibitions

Kerala Travel Mart from Sept 28-30

The ninth edition of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) will be held at Samudrika and Sagara Convention Centre, Willingdon Island from September 28 to 30 and will focus on themes ‘Responsible tourism’ and ‘Muziris and Spice Route’. It is expected to attract around 1,500 buyers from around the country and abroad. Around 265 stalls of different sizes for the exhibitors within Kerala will be featured at the venue as part of the event. Abraham George, President, Kerala Travel Mart Society, says, “KTM 2016, which will coincide with ‘World Tourism Day’, will reach out to buyers from new international markets, emphasizing focus on the new arenas of tourism, including responsible tourism, and popularize the concept among the common man. To facilitate better interaction between buyers and sellers, we have initiated the process for sellers’ registration much in advance. The buyers’ registration is open till July 29. The mart will be a platform for B2B networking.”  

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20+ Indian buyers attend ExploreGB

VisitBritain opened doors to its annual flagship event ExploreGB. Being held in Liverpool this year, the event providing 300 British & Irish tourism suppliers and destinations with an invaluable opportunity to meet and do business with up to 320 hosted international travel buyers from 40 countries. This two day event will be followed by 15 different familiarisation trips making the most exploring great Britain. A delegation of over 20 Indian buyers is also part of the event this year.

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Thailand Tourism Minister inaugurates OTM Mumbai

OTM 2016 was inaugurated by Thailand’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, along with Satish Soni, Director of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra and Joint Managing Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in the presence of other global leaders of the travel fraternity. Neil Llanes from the Philippines stole the show at the inauguration with his beat boxing. OTM is being held at Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon (E) from February 18 to 20, 2016. It is a three-day B2B trade show, where more than a thousand sellers from 50 participating destinations will meet 6,000 buyers on the exhibition floor. Side by side the trade exhibition, there are a host of innovative events to discuss emerging trends in the travel business, such as TechForum@OTM, #StartupKnockDown and Shoot at Site@OTMsessions. These have been planned alongside OTM to specifically address topical agendas that are increasingly catching the industry’s attention. The UAE is leading their participation with all its 7 Emirates, making them the largest destination exhibitor in OTM 2016. They are joined by several global destinations at OTM 2016 with the keenness to carve a piece of India’s projected 50 million outbound pie – Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Thailand, New Zealand, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Bangladesh, Maldives, Oman, Bhutan, Seychelles, Israel, Rwanda, Romania, Fiji and Greece are all in place at India’s biggest travel show.

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1st Bengal Travel Mart in Siliguri from Feb 26

The maiden Bengal Travel Mart 2016 (BTM 2016) will be organised from February 26-28, 2016, at Hotel Mainak in Siliguri. It will be jointly organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal with North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) and Eastern Himalaya Travel & Tour Operators’ Association (EHTTOA). A total of 100 buyers and 80 suppliers are expected to attend the three-day exhibition. Surajit Bose, Joint Director, West Bengal Tourism, has reportedly revealed that BTM 2016 will comprise exhibition of travel and tourism products, B2B meetings, panel discussions, and cultural events. While the first day will only see B2B engagements, general public will be allowed on the second and third day.

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BIT 2016, Milan opens up opportunities for Indians

BIT 2016 Milan opened its doors to thousands of tourism experts, along with over 80 Indian Hosted Buyers reinstating the importance of the Indian outbound traveller. Business to India is also on the rise with 20 exhibitors from the country showcasing their products at the Fair from Feb 11-13. During the inaguration of India pavillion, Air India announced that it will fly four flights a week to Milan starting this summer.  BIT 2016, Italy’s number one international tourism event, held at the heart of Fiera Milano Fairs hosted over 100 nations on five continents which participated at the Fair to promote themselves and showcase a host of new developments and experiences people can try out for themselves.

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SATTE 2017 from Feb 15-17

South Asian Travel and Tourism Exhibition (SATTE) 2017 will be held from February 15-17. The dates for the next year’s event were announced at the SATTE 2016, being held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from Jan 29-31. The event is one of the biggest travel and tourism platforms showcasing India’s tourism potential to the world by bringing the global tourism market to India.

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ATF 2017 in Singapore from Jan 16-20

ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) will be held from January 16-20 next year. “Singapore is honoured to host the next ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in 2017 with the theme – ‘Shaping our Tourism Journey Together’. This theme speaks to the importance of continual, collective efforts by ASEAN members to address challenges and opportunities as we jointly develop and grow the tourism industry in the region,” says Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, ASEAN will also launch a year-long travel campaign to promote the region’s diverse offerings. Within the ASEAN Economic Community, Tourism is one of the priority sectors for integration by 2015, and to achieve this, ASEAN had adopted the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2011-2015. ASEAN will further build on this momentum and develop the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025. “This will strategically transform our region into a competitive, sustainable, and more socio-economically inclusive and integrated tourism destination,” Yeo remarks. TRAVEX, a key component of ATF where sellers from ASEAN get to meet buyers from all over the world, will be held in Singapore from January 18-20, 2017.

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Philippines’ President inaugurates ATF 2016

Giving a fillip to ASEAN Tourism Forum, President of the Philippines H.E. Benigno Simeon Aquino III, in his inaugural speech, said that ASEAN integration benefits the region and all must capitalise on this. He urged the ASEAN countries to concentrate on bio-sustainability and maintain this delicate balance. He insisted that working together is the key as no single country can achieve this alone. The President called on all brothers and sisters of ASEAN to progress as one region, showcase the uniqueness of the region, and let all tourists visit each country. Welcoming delegates to his country, Secretary (Minister) of the Philippines, Department of Tourism, Hon. Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. talked about partnership in tourism development. He mentioned that this event in the Philippines is a milestone in flowering of the ASEAN Tourism Forum. The lively and colourful short inauguration ended with a group photo of all the Ministers of Tourism from ASEAN and then with the heads of all tourism organisations.

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400 Exhibitors, 300 Buyers at IITT’s inauguration

The third edition of India International Travel & Tourism (IITT) opened today with over 400 Exhibitors, 300 Hosted Buyers, and 200 Corporate Buyers and Wedding Planners from across the country. This was revealed by Mohit Mewani, Exhibitons Director, IITT. The exhibition was inaugurated in the presence of Jyoti Kapur, President, ADTOI; Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, OTOAI; H.E. Erdal Sabri Ergen, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey; Philip Saunders, CCO, Kuwait Airways; Subhash Goyal, President, IATO; and Jay Bhatia, Hon. National Treasurer & Chairman – Tourism Council, TAAI. The three-day B2B travel and tourism trade exhibition and conference, is being held at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from January 15-17. One of the highlights of the show is a business session by TAAI on how to promote tourism in times of terror. The show also saw Star Cruises promote its new brand Dream Cruises in a big way.

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GPS opens, appoints new CEO

Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) was inaugurated on January 8, 2016 at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur, where Raju Akolkar was announced as the CEO of the exhibition. GPS 2016 was also the platform for the global launch of DREAM cruises by STAR cruises under the Genting HK banner. Harmandeep Singh Anand, MD, Jagsons Travels, organiser and promoter of GPS, also announced the launch of NGO tourism under the name Voluntourism. He also pledged that 5% of the revenue generated from this edition of GPS will go to NGOs. GPS is a premier business networking event and business-to-business trade show that is held annually in Nagpur. Akolkar has been associated with GPS and Jagsons for a long time. This year the event is a five city exhibition and will also go to Coimbatore, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad in the coming months.

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