Delhi Tourism Minister, Kapil Mishra inaugurates TTF at IG Stadium

– Heads of Travel Trade Associations suggested strategies to promote tourism in Delhi

– Tourism Minister assured industry of full support and facilitation to make Delhi a tourist friendly destination

– India showcased its breathtaking tourism potential at the three-day show

– TTF Awards for Excellence presented to various participants

Kapil Mishra, Tourism Minister of Government of NCT Delhi inaugurated the Delhi edition of the Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) 2017, India’s oldest and largest annual travel trade show network that brings together over 200 participants from across the country to showcase the rich potential of tourism in India.

The three-day event held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Complex, New Delhi, provided a robust platform to the stakeholders of the domestic tourism industry to market their products, interact with trade partners, establish new networks and strengthen the fabric of the sector.

Industry leaders present at the inaugural included Manmohan Sadana, Regional Director (North), India Tourism Delhi; Pronab Sarkar, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO); P P Khanna, President, Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI); Capt. Swadesh Kumar, President, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI); Praveen Chugh, President, Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI); Subhash Goyal, Chairman, STIC Travel Group.

The industry representatives present on the occasion stressed on the need for lower taxation to promote tourism. They recommended that the luxury tax in Delhi should be brought down and applied on actual rather than printed tariffs, which the Minister agreed upon. They also suggested that GST on tourism should be at the lowest slab.

Speaking on the need for better cooperation between the government and tourism industry, Mishra, said, “There are certain barriers that need to be bridged which can only be done when the government and industry join hands and start working together. I appeal to the tourism industry to come with clear policies and suggestions to the Ministry and we will start working together to achieve the low hanging fruits available to us. We will make sure that GST will be implemented in the right manner and that no one in the industry suffers due to it.”

“We are working alongside the Central Government to make Delhi a destination city, positioning it as a spiritual and heritage circuit. I see two barriers for the tourism industry in Delhi– cleanliness and safety. I will personally lead this campaign,” the Minister added.

Jammu & Kashmir Tourism participated at TTF New Delhi to showcase Kashmir’s rich tourism potential and to remind Delhites that J&K is the most nearest and best destination in the country for visiting round the year. Farooq A Shah, Secretary Tourism, Government of J&K and other officials had one to one interactions with the potential visitors to woo them for spending their summer holidays in the beautiful valley of Kashmir.

The New Delhi edition of TTF saw the participation of industry stakeholders from 20 States/ Union Territories as well as four countries. The event attracted a footfall of 3,200 trade visitors and 4,100 general visitors over the three days.

The largest pavilions this year were from Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar and Jharkhand.

South India Hotels & Restaurants Association (SIHRA), the southern region of Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association of India (FHRAI) participated at TTF New Delhi along with ten members.

“Domestic tourism within India is a huge and fastest growing market. In 2015, Indians took over a billion trips within India. TTF concentrates on this market,” said Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd (organiser of TTF and Publisher of Travel News Digest).

TTF is organised in nine major cities annually viz Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Surat, and Pune.

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and major travel trade organisations like Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), SKAL International, Enterprising Travel Agent’s Association (ETAA), South India Hotels & Restaurants Association (SIHRA) lend its support to the event.

“TTF is India’s largest and most influential travel trade show network that the travel and tourism industry looks forward to each year. Given the rapidly growing Indian tourism market, the platform has been attracting immense interest from across the industry as it provides a solid platform for the stakeholders to interact directly with travel trade, corporate as well as general tourists. Going forward, we hope for larger participation from Delhi government on a scale commensurate with its tourism potential,” adds Agarwal.

TTF Awards for Excellence was presented on the last day. China, partner country at TTF walked away with ‘Best Print Promotional Material’ award.

The ‘Group Participation Award’ was bagged by Himachal Pradesh Tourism, Andaman & Nicobar Tourism and SIHRA. The ‘Most Promising New Destination’ award was given to Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board for promoting Chaainsheel; Jharkhand Tourism for promoting Amadubi; Regency Worldwide for promoting Russia; and Odisha Tourism for promoting Similipal.

Among the other awardees were Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation, India Tourism and Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd, who were awarded with the ‘Best Decorated Pavilion’ awards.

“TTF is the only domestic focused travel show not only in Delhi, but in other major cities in India. It plays a key role for the states and the private stakeholders and for the industry as a whole to meet at one place and promote their destinations,” said Manmohan Sadana, Regional Director (North), India Tourism Delhi.

Of the three days of the event, first half of the show was reserved for the travel trade, after which it was open to public. Entry to the show was free and there was a surprise gift for every family visiting the show during the public hours.

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