Most wanted: In­dian trav­ellers

In­dia's big­gest travel trade show, Out­bound Travel Mart (OTM) has marked its pres­ence among NTOs, travel agents and tourism com­pa­nies. This was re­flected in the over­whelm­ing re­sponse and par­tic­i­pa­tion at the just­con­cluded OTM 2015 in Mumbai.

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Out­bound Travel Mart kicked off on a high note on Fe­bru­ary 4 in Mumbai with Ma­ha­rash­tra Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis, inau­gu­rat­ing the three-day event at the Bom­bay Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. It hosted over 2,500 par­tic­i­pants from 70 coun­tries thereby show­cas­ing the huge mar­ket po­ten­tial of In­dian out­bound.

Fad­navis, who also holds charge of the state's tourism port­fo­lio, said, “I would like to congratula­te OTM for suc­cess­fully or­gan­is­ing a travel trade show of this mag­ni­tude. Both In­dian and in­ter­na­tional tourism is set to get a huge boost out of this show. As the state host, Ma­ha­rash­tra Tourism Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MTDC) has also par­tic­i­pated as we have a spe­cial fo­cus of pro­mot­ing Ma­ha­rash­tra as a tourism des­ti­na­tion.”

OTM, held from Fe­bru­ary 4-6, will be quickly fol­lowed by TTF Delhi sched­uled to be held at the swanky Thyagaraj Sports Com­plex lo­cated near INA Mar­ket from Fe­bru­ary 10-12, 2015. Many of the in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic par­tic­i­pants of OTM Mumbai are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the TTF. Fad­navis took a tour of the ex­hi­bi­tion, halt­ing at var­i­ous NTO stalls in­clud­ing the Philip­pines and Ja­pan and also took a vir­tual tour of the bul­let train at the 'Visit Ja­pan' stall. His con­sent to be the chief guest at the event in­di­cates the im­por- tance the Gov­ern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra ac­cords to pro­mo­tion of tourism in the state.

In fact, MTDC had a size­able pres­ence in OTM Mumbai, ably sup­ported by a large num­ber of pri­vate sec­tor op­er­a­tors as co-ex­hibitors in the Ma­ha­rash­tra Pav­il­ion at the expo. The two-month-old Fad­navis Gov­ern­ment has al­ready taken up a slew of ini­tia­tives to­wards boost­ing tourism in Ma­ha­rash­tra.

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