Kar­nataka Tourism Fo­rum comes to Delhi

The one-day road­show or­gan­ised by Kar­nataka Tourism Fo­rum (KTF) this June that marked its Mum­bai de­but saw overwhelmi­ng re­sponse from the travel trade from all over Ma­ha­rash­tra. Its next stop will be New Delhi this year but the ex­act date has not been fin

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Ti­tled 'Des­ti­na­tion Kar­nataka', the show saw 40 sell­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing from all over Kar­nataka. Speak­ing on the side­lines of the show, CB Ramku­mar, Pres­i­dent, Kar­nataka Tourism Fo­rum, said, “Frankly, we are quite overwhelme­d by the re­sponse Ma­ha­rash­tra is show­ing us. We reg­is­tered more than 320 buy­ers in one day, of which about 200 vis­ited us in the first half. ”

He added that while a ma­jor­ity of buy­ers are from Mum­bai, a lot of them are from Nasik, Pune and even Nag­pur. “We want to pro­mote prod­ucts that are unique to Kar­nataka and KTF has en­cour­aged par­tic­i­pants from Mysore, Chika­m­a­galur and Coorg home­s­tays to par­tic­i­pate. KTF was set up to pro­mote Kar­nataka by a group of in­di­vid­u­als who have a stake in travel in­dus­try and all work is vol­un­tary. We try to do at least four shows a year,” Ramku­mar said.

Kar­nataka is com­ing up as a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion with in­bound vis­i­tors, es­pe­cially places like Hampi, Has­san, Hale­beedu, Coorg, and Kabini. KTF con­ducted sim­i­lar road­shows in Gu­jarat, Chen­nai and Pune.

One of the buy­ers from Pune, Bindu Dhan­raj, Di­rec­tor for Uni­corn Hol­i­days & Travel, who had come to Mum­bai for a day to at­tend the show, said, “Trav­el­ling from Pune to Mum­bai for the KTF road­show was well worth the ef­fort as it was an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with ho­tels, re­sorts and ser­vice providers in Kar­nataka on a sin­gle plat­form. I re­quest them to have such a road­show in Pune the next time with a lot more ser­vice providers.” Dhan­raj fo­cuses on in­bound clients and spe­cialises in Ker­ala and Ra­jasthan. The prod­ucts present at the show ranged from bou­tique ho­tels, re­sorts, ground trans­port and ex­pe­ri­en­tial ho­tels to home- stays, spa and well­ness cen­tres, and even amuse­ment parks.

CB Ramku­mar, Pres­i­dent, Kar­nataka Tourism Fo­rum

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