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

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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.

Abra­ham Ge­orge

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.

Di­pak Deva

Ra­jan Se­h­gal

Amit Prasad

Arbind Prasad Di­rec­tor Gen­eral

FICCI

Jatin­der Taneja

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.

Rand­hir Gupta

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.

Sub­hash Verma

Ki­ran Joti

Sunil Sikka

Har­ish Mathur

Suresh Ku­mar

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.

Priyanka Vohra

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

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