Bhubaneswar, Nov 6: The World Travel Market (WTM) 2015, one of the biggest travel and tourism events of the world held from 2nd November to 5th November 2015. It is a global platform for buyers and sellers to interact and discuss tourism related matters for business promotion.
Odisha Tourism participated in the event with an independent stall to showcase its incredible tourism products to attract more tourists, motivate tour operators, travel agents and buyers to visit the state. Odisha Tourism led by Shri L.N. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Tourism alongwith Director Tourism Shri A.K. Samal and other officials attended the event. The stand was formally inaugurated by the Secretary Tourism, India Mr. Vinod Zutshi in presence of Shri LN Gupta, Principal Secretary, and Odisha officials and stakeholders.
Odisha Tourism publicity materials, CDs and souvenir items were distributed during the event to potential Tour Operators and tourists visiting the Odisha Stall. During the event, about 35 B2B business meetings and interactions were held with important Tour Operators, Travel Agents, media representatives.
Principal Secretary Shri Gupta made a presentation and addressed a group of more than 200 Buyers highlighting various facets of Odisha Tourism. A meeting was also held with the Regional Heads of India Tourism offices posted at London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan and Amsterdam to promote Odisha aggressively through their publicity campaigns. They were requested to depute tour operators and tourist groups to Odisha.
The Principal Secretary & Director Tourism also met Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Goa and Gujarat and Secretary Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, CMD ITDC and other leading Tour Operators to exchange best practices and develop inter-state tourism promotion circuits / packages and strategy. To attract more tourists and give a glimpse of Odisha’s culture, Odissi dance was also performed through local artists during the event which was appreciated by many tourists.