Amitabh Kant who is credited to be the person behind the country’s tourism resurgence, more particularly due to the ‘Incredible India’ campaign of his, will be the star attraction for the ITM-Goa which commences on 14th October.
ITM-Goa which aims to boost tourism related business in the state is jointly promoted by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) and the state Department of Tourism, India Tourism, Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) and Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).
Kantss key note speech on tourism and participation of more than twelve countries including Singapore, South Africa, Canada, UK, Italy, Poland, Russia, UAE, Thailand and Brazil among others will be the main draw of the four day business-to-business (B2B) event.
Regarded in the industry as Indian tourism’s branding guru, Amitabh Kant has pioneered the hugely successful ‘Incredible India’ campaign during his stint as joint secretary of the union tourism ministry. Kant is presently the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of the nodal agency which is handling the proposed $90-billion industrial and infrastructure project – Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).
Important tourism bodies like the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agents Association of
India (TAAI), the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) and the Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), have confirmed participation with more confirmations coming in.
Says Shyam Satardekar, Chairperson of Goa Tourism and Development Corporation (GTDC), “Without doubt, Goa is already a prime holiday destination. Through ITM-Goa we will create a window of opportunity for the tourism sector in Goa to showcase its services to the global travel industry.”
Added Swapnil Naik, Director Tourism, Government of Goa: “ITM-Goa which is one of the only few exclusive business-to-business networking events organised in the country is committed to the cause of creating an ideal platform for marketers and customers to meet, network and create new business opportunities.”
Speaking on the initiative Nikhil Desai, Managing Director of Goa Tourism and Development Corporation (GTDC) added, “We expect to attract visitors from across India and abroad. Various state and international tourism boards, trade associations, resorts, airlines and leisure operators, MICE and tour operators, corporate travel planners and allied industries have displayed keen interest in participation at ITM-Goa this year”.
Ralph de Souza, Chairman, GCCI Committee on Tourism, & former President, Travel & Tourism Association of Goa added” “ITM-Goa is an excellent initiative. It is an ideal opportunity for Goa based exhibitors to gain access to potential buyers, enhance networking and forge new relationships”.
The four day, high-activity event, being held in the capital is an ideal venue for business networking and forging new relationships. It is also an opportunity for trade bodies to address concerns related to the travel and tourism sectors and collectively seek solutions that can help boost the economy of the sector. The ITM-Goa schedule is packed with buyer-seller interactive sessions, panel discussions and knowledge-sharing sessions.