Flagship Eco-retreat and road travel itineraries have rekindled hope for travel and tourism industry as State Tourism in association with Mayfair Hotels & Resorts Ltd hosted a delegation of six leading tour operators of the country who arrived in city on 15 October.
Their campaign, under ‘VocalForLocal’ to conduct an 18,000 km across 29 states and 5 Union Territories during 34 days, aims to encourage tourists to ‘travel with caution, not with fear.’
The event was attended by PCCF(WL) HP Upadhyaya, Director AAI Bhubaneswar VV Rao, DCF (Ecotourism) Anshu Das, Principal Institute of Hotel Management Sarada Ghosh and Executive Director Mayfair Hotels & Resorts Ltd Souvagya Mohapatra.
Director Tourism Sachin R Jadhav welcomed the team at a simple program wherein important stakeholders of hospitality and travel industry participated.
The six leading tour operators travelling across the country with the said mission are Thomas Koshy (Synergy Hotels and Resorts, Ahmadabad), Pawan Dubey (Travel Lounge, Mumbai), Rajiv Shah (Network Tours and Travels, Surat), Nitin Gupta (Salazar Holidays, Surat), Rites Parekh (Ez Holidays, Surat) and Sanjay Patel (Travel Comfort, Surat).
Secretary Tourism Vishal Dev made a detailed presentation on the opportunities in Odisha, including the road itineraries under the Odisha By Road campaign, and the highly anticipated Eco Retreat which will be organised at five locations - Bhitarkanika, Ramchandi, Satkosia, Daringbadi and Hirakud Reservoir.
The delegation was highly appreciative of Odia hospitality and applauded the flagship initiatives of Odisha Tourism.
“It is the first time that we have visited Odisha with a focused intent. The hospitality we have received has been unprecedented and the prospects of business with Odisha are very bright, especially in view of its exciting itineraries which offer diverse experiences and the celebrated Eco Retreat model. Our mission has received a major fillip,” said one delegates.
Representatives of hotels, restaurants, tour operators and officials of Airlines operating to and from Odisha were present at the function.
Executive Director Mayfair Group of Hotels and Resorts Souvagya Mohapatra coordinated the entire efforts and presented Vote Of Thanks in the ceremony.
Efforts of Mayfair Group was appreciated by the Major Tour and Travel Operators and officials, which has instrumental in projecting Odisha in the National Arena.