IITB-2014: Fillip for inbound
With 247 foreign buyers from 54 countries, 246 Indian sellers, 9,256 prescheduled B2B meetings and on-thespot meetings expected to cross 800, the first edition of the Incredible India Travel Bazaar (IITB-2014) provides the perfect platform for furthering
IITB (formerly GITB) over the last few years has developed into the number one B2B show in India. At the end of the day a travel show is only as good as its buyers.
Co-Chairman Tourism Committee of FICCI The role of tourism as a major economic driver and employment generator is widely known. We should work with all stakeholders to put tourism at the centre of our public policy.
President, Kerala Travel Mart Society It is good that the show has moved to Delhi. The MOT, along with FICCI and IGTA, is preparing to host the first ever Incredible India Golf Tourism Summit in October at Delhi.
President, India Golf Tourism Association India is still attracting good number of inbound tourists. This event offers Indian sellers a great opportunity to showcase their products to international buyers.
COO, Go India Journeys The VoA facility will appeal to global participants who have come to attend IITB. It is a muchneeded event and will help promoting inflow of FTOs. We hope to have at least 20 meetings scheduled at IITB. I hope that IITB is further strengthened and | only takes on a larger mantle ahead.
Arbind Prasad Director General
MD, Travel Spirit International As IITB is happening in Delhi, it is easier for hotel chains to participate in the show. We need to work to promote IITB as the show is very organised.
Director of Sales - Leisure Accor International Sales Office One good event should suffice. These kinds of exhibitions serve tourism stakeholders and id a platform to showcase tourism offerings available in India.
Immediate Past President, ADTOI This is a great platform to get new buyers to India. The beauty of this show is that the buyers visiting the show have been picked by the industry itself.
Hemant Mendiratta Vice President – Sales (Travel Trade)
Oberoi Hotels We found the appointments to be quite productive. We are expecting to meet new travel and tourism companies, besides the traditional ones.
Executive Director, Indian Routes VoA is expected to boost heritage tourism as well. Foreigners look for indigenous local experiences. The Elections will also be a game-changer.
Head - Marketing & Business Development, ITC - WelcomHeritage Hotels “IITB has been good this year. VoA will also have a huge impact on tourism, but awareness on this advantage is a must.”
President, Concord Travels and Tours We want more support from the Central Government, which, we think is focussing only on North India. The boom in tourism in Kerala has been only because of the state government.
General Manager, Ramada Resort Cochin IITB was a very apt and serious show. We met a lot of buyers from South America, Vietnam and Russia. The idea to have a focussed audience will help us. We would love to meet other FTOs, and thus, more shows like this is a need of the hour.
Director of Sales, Kingdom of Dreams
The foreign buyers should go back with a conviction about the summer destinations in our country. India is not just Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. I want you to go back from India with an idea of the diverse tourism products that India has to offer. Parvez...
(L-R) SanJeet, Parvez Dewan, Girish Shankar, Usha Sharma and Jyotsna Suri at the inauguration of the IITB-2014 at The Ashok in New Delhi.
We realise tour operators are the key people for promoting destinations and organising such a travel bazaar provides an ideal platform for them. Girish Shankar Addl Secretary, MOT
MOT will also provide more information on services and will set up an infoline in 12 languages, which we hope to launch in 6 months. Usha Sharma Addl DG, MOT
FICCI conceptualised the only exclusive inbound show in India, which gave birth to the first Great India Travel Bazaar held in Jaipur in 2008. Jyotsna Suri Sr Vice President, FICCI