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Karnataka International Travel Expo from Feb 28- March 2 in Bengaluru

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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 …

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FICCI’s 3rd Tourism Investment Meet showcased face-to-face scheduled meetings

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The third edition of FICCI Tourism Investment Meet was held in New Delhi on July 5-6, 2017 in an attempt to facilitate investment through one-on-one meetings. State tourism departments showcased their policies and facilities that would encourage potential investors to capitalise on tourism. State governments with the likes of Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra and West Bengal took part on the occasion and solicited investment in tourism infrastructure through presentations and face-to-face pre-scheduled meetings with the investors. Speaking at the inauguration, Dr Jyotsna Suri, Past President FICCI, & Chairperson, FICCI Tourism Committee, said, “ We have gathered investors from around India, from hotels & resorts, convention centres, theme parks, adventure tourism, roadways etc., and hope this will give tourism the essential push it needs.” Rashmi Verma, Secretary – Tourism, Govt. of India in her special address said, “The tourism industry is one of the largest sectors all over the country, and is a major driver of the economy and for employment generation. India, with its abundant tourism products, is replete with different destinations, topography, weather and an old heritage. We have been jumping positions in several reports and have been doing well, especially in the month of May where growth has been 19.4 per cent and is one of the highest achieved. It has been encouraging to see this during May, which is considered as a lean month. However, we have a long way to go and if we really want our industry to reach greater heights, upgrading the infrastructure is the way to go.” Other notable personalities present at the inauguration were Satpal Maharaj, Minister of Tourism, Irrigation, Minor, Irrigation, Cultural, Watershed Management, Pilgrimage and Religious …

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Eight countries added to e-visa list

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The visa services, which have been expanded for tourism, medical and business purposes, has been extended to eight countries namely Angola, Rwanda, Niger, Cyprus, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Mali and Burundi, revealed Vinod Zutshi, Secretary – Tourism, Govt. of India. “Apart from this, we are also working on extending the e-tourist visa for five other countries among which Italy, Slovak Republic, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan are included,” he said at a closed-door meeting held in New Delhi. With this announcement, the total count of countries that can avail the e-visa services is 158.

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India’s cruise tourism, MICE products identified as growth sectors at WTM London

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Incredible India pavilion at World Travel Market London 2016 was inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Tourism and Culture (I/C), Government of India, along with Vinod Zutshi, Secretary-Tourism, Government of India, and Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of State for Tourism & Culture, Government of Odisha. Sharma also launched the official website of Incredible India Global Tourism Mart, scheduled from Feb 1-4, 2017, in New Delhi. MOT has identified cruise tourism and MICE as two niche products available in India for 2017, said Zutshi. The e-Tourist Visa scheme which was introduced to 113 countries globally in August 2015 will be further promoted by India Tourism as a major incentive for travel in 2017.

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