Travel Bazar Bonanza

Tourism Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev  said that the curtains will go up on the second edition of the Odisha Travel Bazaar (OTB), with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, inaugurating the three-day event at Mayfair Convention, here on Friday.

The rich cultural heritage and tourism potential of the state will be showcased during the three-day mega travel bazaar, organized by the Department of Tourism and FICCI.
This year's OTB will witness the participation of 60 Foreign Tour Operators from 23 countries like Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Netherlands, the UK, the USA.
And 16 leading Domestic Tour Operators from Ahmedabad, Chennai, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Varanasi and Visakapatnam, who will congregate to interact and engage themselves with 56 sellers.
These sellers comprising of travel agencies and hoteliers from Odisha to showcase and sell the Odisha travel product internationally and within the country, informed Mr.Dev here at a Press Conference today.
Invited Foreign Tour Operators, Domestic Tour Operators have been taken on pre-event Familiarization (FAM) Trips in different tourist locations of Odisha to experience the richness and vibrancy of the state.
Apart from the FAM trip and one to one business meetings the FTO's & DTO's will be taken to local site seeing of Bhubaneswar. A special light and sound show will be organised at Dhauli for them, he added.
A presentation on 'Odisha Tourism' will be made by the Director of Tourism on the inaugural day.
A special panel discussion on "Taking Odisha Tourism to the next level" will be held during the event. The panelists will comprise of leading stakeholders from the Tourism industry of Odisha, leading Foreign tour Operators and Domestic tour Operators.
Stating that Tourism in Odisha is an important component of the State economy with the sector contributing  approximately 13% of the state’s GDP, Dev said that this time, the State Tourism Department has given special emphasis on Heritage, Culture & Tribal Tourism, Buddhist Tourism, Art & Craft, Eco & Wildlife Tourism and Pilgrimage tourism.
He was also hopeful that e-Tourist Visa will be carried out before World Cup Hockey, schedule;ed to be held at Kalinga Stadium here from November 28 to December 16.
In recent years, national and international tourist flow in the state has been going up with the declaration of Bhubaneswar airport as an international airport. The recent MoU between the State Government and Air Asia ensures larger tourist footfalls from South East Asia in the state.
The state is also boosting the long coastlines, scenic eco-tourism site and rich legacy of hand loom and handicrafts as well as pilgrimage sites for Buddhism and Hinduism. The recent development of the commercial airport at Jharsuguda will serve as a major connectivity with the western part of Odisha and further boost tourism in western Odisha, said State Tourism Director Archana Pattanaik.
Additionally, Odisha is all set to host the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup in November 2018 in which 16 world teams will be participating followed by a series of cultural events poised to attract huge number of tourists to the State.
Among others, HARAO President JK Mohanty and FICCI Representative Rahul Chakrabarti spoke to the Members of the Media.

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