The Karnataka International Travel Expo is scheduled to be held from February 28-March 2, 2018, at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC). This was announced by the state tourism department of Karnataka. The inaugural expo is the largest B2B travel event in India. This event is a suitable platform that will see a conglomeration of over 400 registered buyers and media from over 25 countries.
Priyank Kharge, Minister for Tourism, IT & BT, Govt. 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’, being held for the first time, will provide the impetus to the inbound travel and tourism and would enhance the marketing efforts of Karnataka Tourism to promote our destinations to the travel-trade from all over the world”.
The event will also feature an exclusive Karnataka Pavilion: Destination Karnataka: “Karnataka with its diverse range of products is fast emerging as one of the most interesting and productive states for the travel-trade industry both for leisure and business travel,” said TK Anil Kumar, Secretary – Tourism, Government of Karnataka.
The three-day event will attract over 1,000 delegates facilitating over 10,000 pre-matched appointments to bring together International Buyers and sellers for face-to-face meetings, education forums and networking.
This will be an annual event here on, and will make a mark on the international travel expo map or circuit. A budget of Rs 7 crore is expected to be spent on the event.
The event will for the first time see a blogathon, which will be attended by international travel bloggers. Also, the event would have a separate startup pavilion for promoting new technologies and innovations in the tourism sector. Kharge also pointed out that Karnataka enjoys ninth and fourth position in the country in attracting foreign and domestic tourists, respectively.