Category Archives: Exhibitions

TTM to boost tourist inflow to the state: Addl. Chief Secretary, Tamil Nadu Tourism

Tamil Nadu Tourism is hopeful that Tamil Nadu Travel Mart (TTM), scheduled from September 19-22 at Chennai Trade Centre for increasing visitor numbers to the state. Apurva Varma, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowments Dept. said, “We expect a lot of buyers to come for the second edition of TTM. It will be a huge platform for showcasing Tamil Nadu, where all stakeholders would come under one roof. Right from hoteliers, wellness tourism providers, domestic and international travel products, will be there for buyers. Everybody is excited and looking forward to it.”

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GPS Kolkata kick-starts, announces EDWIN with Trulyy Hotels

The fourth edition of Global Panorama Showcase Kolkata kick-started at The Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata with slew of announcements related to its upcoming plans. With a target of reaching out to 25 destinations with EDWIN (Educational Destination Workshop) in next five years, Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, GPS, announced new EDWIN program with Trulyy hotels at its properties in Gujarat and Rajasthan. He also announced special booking packages with Trulyy providing 30, 40 and 50 per cent discount with membership program.  According to Anand, The Oberoi hotels has also proposed a special membership plan for the GPS members. He also briefed about sustainable and responsible tourism initiatives of GPS including rain water harvesting programme, restricting single-use plastic and counselling the clients on code of conduct in hotels abroad.

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Over 1800 meetings expected at Travel Luxury Show

More than 1800 meetings are expected over two days at the sixth edition of Travel Luxury Show, scheduled from September 14-15, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Jaipur. Over 60 buyers and thirty exhibitors will be part of the event. The show offers participants an opportunity to have one-to-one meetings with exhibitors belonging to luxury hotels, destinations promoting luxury holidays and other products targeting high-end travellers from the country. The event allows exhibitors to interact with travel trade luxury buyers across India, focusing on Tier II, III cities along with Tier I cities. Guaranteeing over 60 pre-scheduled B2B meetings per exhibitor, the table-top event acts as the perfect business platform for attendees. Apart from that industry veterans attend the show as keynote speakers. There is a networking dinner as well, where participants get to meet and interact with more buyers.

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Travel Luxury Show 2019 to be held from September 14-15 in Jaipur

Travel Luxury Show 2019 is scheduled from September 14-15, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Jaipur. This show will connect sellers to the travel trade luxury buyers across India, targeting Tier-II and Tier-III cities. The show promises 60+ pre–scheduled B2B meetings in two days. The two-day event will also witness panel discussion with keynote speakers who will give an in-depth update of the industry.

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Events industry growing at 17% annually: EY

Welcoming delegates at the  inauguration of EEMAGINE 2019, Sanjoy Roy, President, eema, said, “The only industry that has continued to grow is the events and experiential industry which is growing at a rate of 17% annually according to Ernst and Young . In our estimation over 30,000 people are involved in this industry across the country.” The theme for  EEMAGINE 2019  was a confluence of ideas to Innovate, Integrate and be inspired. On challenges the industry is facing, he  further added, “Taxation, lack of credit and infrastructure is a problem. What we want the government to do is to help build the industry, what we want them not to do is to tell us what to eat, when to drink, how to listen to music,  how many people we can have at the wedding, what we should feed them and what we should not, Government has no place in any of the above.  We want them to look at reducing GST, rationalise the tender process when it opens itself out to many MSME’s who are locked out of that process. We have taken steps to reach out to the government and get them to hear us.”

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Tamil Nadu Travel Mart to put leisure in focus

Scheduled from September 19-22 at Chennai Trade Centre, the upcoming CII Tamil Nadu Travel Mart (TTM) will be putting a new focus on Tamil Nadu. Apurva Varma, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowments Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, said, “Last TTM was very successful with the attendance of as many as 250 foreign tour operators, for whom, we also organised Fam trips. This year, we are preparing aggressively for it and want it to make it bigger and better.” S Sundar, Honorary Secretary, Tamil Nadu Travel Mart Society, claims that with this mart Tamil Nadu will be promoted as a leisure destination. “Tamil Nadu has many avenues for leisure as well as wellness, which attract international and domestic travellers. People can also visit for cultural experiences and affordable shopping. Chennai’s image as a gateway to the South has shifted, which we want to re-establish. At TTM, we will be showcasing Chennai’s museums, beaches, food, and nightlife,” he said.

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GPS kick-starts in Kochi, focusses on environment and traveller etiquette

The first day of GPS Kochi set the tone of the show by opening with a session that laid a strong emphasis on the environment and how all stakeholders in the tourism industry can do their bit by being a little mindful and aware. Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, Global Panorama Showcase (GPS), said, “We had an entire session in the morning that focuses on simple do’s and dont’s for water conservation and importance of rain-water harvesting for a responsible citizen. We also spoke about the dangers of plastic use and how it can be easily avoided. I’m a polymer engineer by education and I understand how toxic plastic can be if not used wisely.” He said the need of the hour is for us not just as tourism stakeholders but also as citizens of this world to go back to the age when we used recyclable things. “We also spoke about how operators can educate their clients on what they can take with them from a hotel and what they cannot. Some times it’s just a matter of informing them and being guided. They do it out of ignorance. So we played a video that addresses this issue as well,” Singh said. The Kochi edition saw high attendance from buyers coming from all over Kerala such as Madurai, Coimbatore, Thissur, Trivandrum, Calicut, Kannur, Trichy, Salem, Tirur,  Erode, and Kozhikode. Dates for EcoCONNECT will be announced during the Kolkata show.

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FAITH shortlists 200 buyers for ITM 2019, eyes 300 confirmations

In a press meet in Delhi, The Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) has announced that the screening committee has shortlisted almost 200 foreign buyers for the second edition of the India Tourism Mart (ITM) scheduled from September 23-25. The federation is eying at hosting close to 300 foreign buyers for the mart. Last year, ITM was attended by 244 buyers from 62 countries. This year, FAITH is expecting buyers from 70 countries. Subhash Goyal, Chairman, ITM 2019 and Hony. Secretary, FAITH said, “We are closely looking at inclusivity and quality of buyers this year. The screening and selection process of ITM is very transparent. Out of 829 applications received till date from foreign buyers, we have already shortlisted 199 of them and are under process to screen more. Very soon, we will have the final numbers. We are looking at hosting close to 300 buyers, which will include foreign buyers from newer markets like China and different states of USA.” The three-day tourism mart will be organised at Ashoka hotel, New Delhi and will be inaugurated by tourism minister, Prahlad Singh Patel, while Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping & Transport will be the chief guest.

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1000 buyers and 300 exhibitors expected at Tamil Nadu Travel Mart

The upcoming Tamil Nadu Travel Mart (TTM), scheduled from September 19-22, at Chennai Trade Centre will showcase their products and have business meetings with 1000 plus buyers. The registrations for the same have been opened. The three-day exhibition will witness more than 300 exhibitors showcasing tourism business opportunities in the state along with 1000 domestic and international buyers.

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