Great In­dia Travel Bazaar back in Jaipur with a bang

FICCI Business Digest - - Special Features -

Va­sund­hara Raje, Chief Min­is­ter of Ra­jasthan, in­au­gu­rated the sev­enth edi­tion of 'The Great In­dian Travel Bazaar' on April 19, 2015, which was back in Jaipur af­ter a hia­tus of one year. The travel mart tar­geted po­ten­tial con­sumers of tourism prod­ucts from across the globe and In­dia, and was or­gan­ised by FICCI, Min­istry of Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia and Depart­ment of Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of Ra­jasthan.

Raje said that Ra­jasthan and tourism were syn­onyms and a mart like the Great In­dian Travel Bazaar gives the state a plat­form to bring to­gether tour op­er­a­tors from around the world along with pol­icy mak­ers and oth­ers stake­hold­ers un­der one roof and an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the city and state's tourists' des­ti­na­tions.

She also shared with the au­di­ence the dis­cov­ery of old her­itage re­mains while ex­ca­va­tion for a metro con­struc­tion site in the old city of Jaipur. Raje was of the view that the dis­cov­ery may help in in­creas­ing the num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing the city.

On pro­mot­ing tourism in Ra­jasthan, Raje said that the state gov­ern­ment was all set to re­view the Tourism Unit Pol­icy and had in­creased the tourism bud­get ex­po­nen­tially, al­most 100 per cent with the ex­pec­ta­tion that it will reap ben­e­fits in fu­ture.

The dearth of air con­nec­tiv­ity within the state was also an is­sue that was be­ing looked upon and an in­ter­nal air­line may be started to al­low tourists to move faster within the state, said Raje.

On the oc­ca­sion, the Chief Mmin­is­ter an­nounced the dates of 'The Great In­dian Travel Bazaar' for 2016 as April 17, 18 and 19 and re­leased a FICCI- EY Knowl­edge Pa­per on 'Un­ex­plored Tourism Des­ti­na­tions of In­dia'.

Usha Sharma, Ad­di­tional DG Tourism, Min­istry of Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, said that the gov­ern­ment had started with etourist visa for 44 coun­tries, which would be ex­tended to 150 coun­tries soon. It meant that a per­son of any of th­ese 44 coun­tries could ap­ply for a visa on­line, made the pay­ment through e-gate­way and within three days could get an e-travel au­tho­ri­sa­tion.

Sharma said that there was a need to show­case new prod­ucts. Hence, the gov­ern­ment had started a new scheme 'Swadesh Dar­shan' to pro­mote un­ex­plored des­ti­na­tions. Also, new themes had been in­tro­duced to en­dorse places of tourists' at­trac­tion such as Desert theme, Coastal theme and Hi­malayan theme.

She said that safety and se­cu­rity has been a con­cern for tourists vis­it­ing In­dia, hence sen­si­ti­sa­tion pro­grammes have been con­ducted to as­sist author­i­ties in han­dling sit­u­a­tions with ut­most ur­gency and prompt ac­tion. For as­sis­tance of tourists, a gov­ern­ment helpline was al­ready ac­tive and an­other info line will be launched soon in 13 lan­guages to help guide tourists, she said.

Dr. Jy­ot­sna Suri, Pres­i­dent, FICCI, Chairperson - FICCI Tourism Com­mit­tee and C&MD, The Lalit Suri Hos­pi­tal­ity Group, said that GITB had grown ex­po­nen­tially and so far had hosted al­most 1800 for­eign tour op­er­a­tors, 50 coun­tries from across the globe made their pres­ence felt at the mart each year and more than 57000 presched­uled B2B meet­ings had been held be­sides the in­nu­mer­able on the spot B2Bs.

Dr. A Di­dar Singh, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FICCI, said that this year the travel mart had ex­ceeded all its pre­ced­ing records by preschedul­ing more than 10,000 B2B meet­ings. He added that be­sides, Gu­jarat be­ing a part­ner state, 10 state gov­ern­ments had been ac­tive part­ners of GITB.

Di­pak Deva, Co-Chair­man, FICCI Tourism Com­mit­tee and CEO - Des­ti­na­tion Man­age­ment (In­dia and South Asia), Kuoni Travel Group, mod­er­ated the

Va­sund­hara Raje, Chief Min­is­ter of Ra­jasthan (cen­tre) re­leas­ing FICCI- EY Knowl­edge Pa­per on 'Un­ex­plored Tourism Des­ti­na­tions of In­dia'.

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