Karnataka International Travel Expo 2019 opens to a grand start


Government of Karnataka, Department of Tourism and ‘Karnataka Tourism Society’ played host to the inaugural edition of Karnataka International Travel Expo (KITE) which was held from August 25 – 27. The event saw over 400 registered buyers and media from 29 countries seeking opportunities in the Karnataka Tourism Eco-system and discovered the state of Karnataka.

The event was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri BS Yediyurappa on the August 26.

Inaugurating the event, Sri BS Yediyurappa said, “Tourism contributes 14.8% towards the state’s GDP and supports over 16 million jobs. Karnataka has immense potential to become a world-class destination and we in Karnataka are supporting the efforts of the tourism department to globally market the state.”

The three-day event facilitated over 10,000 pre-matched appointments to bring together International and Indian Buyers and sellers showcasing the best of Karnataka.

TK Anil Kumar, Secretary – Tourism, Government of Karnataka said, “Karnataka is home to a large and exciting portfolio of globally acclaimed tourism products with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, splendid wildlife and resplendent nature, virgin beaches to adorn. Karnataka International Travel Expo, held for the first time, provided the impetus to the inbound travel and tourism and enhanced the marketing efforts of Karnataka Tourism to promote our destinations to the travel trade from all over the world.”

The chief goal of the expo was to increase the overall size of the tourism sector in Karnataka. The event gathered international professionals looking to find new ways to further Karnataka as an ideal destination and get first-hand exposure to various tourism products of Karnataka.

Major national and state-level trade and hospitality associations including the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India, Association of Domestic Tour Operators Association of India (ADTOI), Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), India Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), BCIC, FKCCI, FHRAI, Karnataka Tourism Forum, Enterprising Agents Association of India (ETAA), SKAL, South India Hotel and Restaurant Association (SIHRA), Travel Agent Federation of India (TAFI), Karnataka Pradesh Hotel & Restaurant Association (KPHRA) etc are among the many supporting the event.

The event featured an exclusive Karnataka pavilion. Kumar Pushkar, Managing Director, KSTDC said “Karnataka with its diverse range of products is fast emerging as one of the most interesting and productive states for the travel-trade, both for leisure and business travel. KITE 2019 aims to be a globalised one-stop sourcing platform and is a vital networking platform for stakeholders within our tourism industry to effectively reach out to the global travel market.”

K Shyamaraju, President, Karnataka Tourism Society said, “This august gathering promises to be a unique opportunity for us to explore the tourism industry in Karnataka. Karnataka International Travel Expo will help create a networking eco-system to focus on developing business opportunities with the travel trade from India and abroad. The stakeholders of Karnataka have accorded tremendous support to the event facilitating the familiarisation tours across Karnataka.”

The event presented the right platform for the suppliers to provide information and to interact directly with India’s leading tour operators, key decision-makers from the industry, airline representatives and travel agents.