Speaking at the 11th edition of The Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) 2019. D.B. Gupta, Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan, said that that State Government and FICCI have already signed an MOU for GITB to be held in Jaipur till the year 2024. He also announced that GITB 2020 will be held on 19, 20 and 21 April. He said that in 2018-2019, as many as 83 development works related to tourism infrastructure have been undertaken. The Union Ministry of Tourism has provided a support of Rs. 448 crores for various tourism products. Dr Jyotsna Suri, Past President, FICCI; Chairperson, FICCI Tourism Committee & CMD, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group said that a total of 291 foreign trade operators (FTOs) from 47 countries and 260 Indian exhibitors with 300 booths are participating in this colossal bazaar. Dr Suri said, “GITB 2019 will witness 11,236 pre-scheduled, structured B2B meetings in the next two days.” Sreya Guha, Principal Secretary – Tourism, Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan said that the tourism industry has witnessed a record growth of 9.4% in domestic arrivals and 8.97% in international arrivals in 2018. “The State Government is currently focused on creating an all-inclusive digital database for the State. This will provide a seamless experience to the traveller,” said Guha.
Aashima Mehrotra, Director, Tourism, Government of India said that while India has a number of tangible tourism products it also has intangible products like folklore, cuisines, culture and customary traditions. The Ministry is endeavoring to provide the global tourist these new experiences. “This will make India the preferred tourism destination of the world. Incredible India’s new website has been made more user-friendly and interactive for the ease of the tourists,” said Ms Mehrotra.
FICCI-Yes Bank Knowledge Report ‘India Inbound Tourism: Unlocking the Opportunity’ was also released by the Chief Guest and the dignitaries including the President & Head Strategic Government Advisory, Yes Bank Ltd. Co-Chairman, FICCI Tourism Committee, Dipak Deva; Co-Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan State Council and Joint Managing Director, Mandawa Hotels, Randhir Vikram Singh; Director, Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, Dr Bhanwar Lal; Secretary General, FICCI, Dilip Chenoy; Ambassador of Japan to India, Kenji Hiramatsu and Commissioner of Japan Tourism Agency, Hiroshi Tabata were also present at the occasion.
GITB is organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) jointly with the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. It is supported by leading national and regional associations like Hotel & Restaurant Association of Rajasthan (HRAR), Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) and Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO).