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Bangalore to host India International Travel Mart 2018

By chandu Created on 07/27/2018 - 15:19 . Updated 07/27/2018 - 16:03

The 106" edition of its ’India International Travel Mart', to be held from 27 - 29 July 2018 at the The Bangalore Palace, Vasanth Nagar Entrance.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Karnataka State’s Hon’ble Minister Sri Sa Ra Mahesh for Tourism, Horticulture & Sericulture, along with Sri Lanka’s Hon’ble Minister John Amaratunga, Cabinet Minister of Tourism, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr T K Anil Kumar, IAS. Secretary Tourism Govt. 0f Karnataka and B Ramu, lAS, Director Karnataka Tourism Department Govt. Of Karnataka on Friday, 27 July 2018 at the Bengaluru Palace Grounds.

With this year's edition of ’IITM’ in Bangalore, Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions completes Nineteen years of providing the travel industry and discerning buyers from the travel trade and corporate sector an opportunity to do business.

‘India International Travel Mart’ will showcase a variety of destinations from different spheres such as pilgrimages, adventures, culture & heritage, beaches, hills and much more. The event will have over 450 participants from over 15 countries and over 20 Indian states. The participants include Travel Agents & Tour Operators, DMC, Hotels & Resorts, National Tourist Organizations, Cruises, Airlines, Online Travel Portals etc.

The three-day event will showcase glimpses from the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The time for IITM Bengaluru is perfect for the upcoming holiday season in India, Dussehra (Vijayadashami also known as Dasara, Dussehra or Dussehra is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year) & Deepavali, long weekends as well as round-the-year travel, vacations and business plans.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sanjay Hakhu, Director, Sphere TravelMedia said, "India in spite of the present business environment is fast emerging as one of the most interesting and productive countries for the travel trade industry both for leisure and business travel. A combination of factors is responsible for the growth and demand of travel trends from India. The visitor profile is on a BZB & BZC format like and will have over 15,000 buyers over three days".

Tourism Studies and Trends indicate that the year 2018 - 19 will see more than 20 million Indian tourists embanking on overseas travel and with the advent of lowcost international airfares and holiday packages that are available on monthly

instalments payable over a period of time, International travel is no longer a luxury.


Sri Lanka is the ‘Partner Country’ at ’India International Travel Mart this yean

Big representation from different travel and tourism products of Karnataka

Some of the International participants who are participating this year

include participants from Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Maldives, Nepal, Dubai, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, etc

Gujarat, Goa, Kerala, Odisha are the ’Partner States’ while Andhra Pradesh,

Rajasthan, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu will be the ’Feature Destinations’ at the event.

Karnataka is the Host State for the event. Other states being represented

include Kerala, Delhi, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and many more.

More than 200 hotels and resorts are participating from all over India,

making it one of the most diverse ranges of hospitality products in the country on display.

Diverse Tourism segments on display such as Pilgrimage Travel, Adventure, Cultural pursuits, shopping tours, etc.

International Flight offerings from Air India and Sri Lankan Airlines 0 Exclusive Start-up Pavilion in the field of hospitality, travel and tourism.

Launch of Special Ramayana Packages from Sri Lanka Tourism 0 International Holiday Packages from IRCTC

The 'India International Travel Mart' provides an ideal 'marketing opportunity' and 'excellent backdrop' to enhance the participant's 'brand-equity' in the eyes of the discerning end consumer and the travel-trade.

Boost for Domestic Tourism:

The event showcases travel and hospitality products from every part of the country, making it one of the biggest congregations of travel-trade in the country.

The event provides unmatched networking opportunities to interact with Travel« Trade and Corporate Buyers alike.

Mr Rohit Hangal, Director, Sphere Travelmedia added: ’domestic travel as the backbone’ of India’s tourism portfolio and with an estimated 561 million domestic tourist visits. This segment is probably only second to China in terms of sheer size. With the rapid economic development taking place in the country and availability of greater disposable income combined with affordable holiday packages, tourism in India is increasing steadily and acts as a catalyst for the furthering the economic growth in view of its wide-ranging linkage effects and multiple impacts. The participants from the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, and many more destinations will be seen aggressively

marketing their products will be there with their travel and tourism stakeholders".

The exhibition would be open between 11 am and 7.00 pm during the three days.