Mumbai: India’s biggest outbound travel mart, OTM 2016, concluded here the other day.
Several global destinations participated at the three-day OTM 2016 with the keenness to tap India’s projected 50-million outbound markets. They include the UAE, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Thailand, New Zealand, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Bangladesh, Philippines, Maldives, Oman, Bhutan, Seychelles, Israel, Rwanda, Romania, Fiji and Greece.
Complementing their international counterparts, many Indian destinations such as Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and many other states were also present with large number of sellers to showcase India at its best.
Representatives of the UAE’s travel and tourism industry under the umbrella of National Council of Tourism and Antiquities (NCTA) discussed its India-specific tourism promotion plans.
OTM 2016 has offered a great opportunity to other international exhibitors as well to showcase their travel and tourism capabilities at length. For instance, Hong Kong, Macao and Shenzhen exhibited their prowess to the audience.
The major sponsor of OTM 2016, Wonderful Indonesia, is satisfied with the event turnout, especially from the great exposures given to the branding of Wonderful Indonesia throughout the exhibition halls.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand, which has been participating in OTM for the past six years, hopes to achieve 1.10 million Indian visitor arrivals to the Kingdom by the end of 2016.
While the global tourism industry is bullish on India’s growth story, off-beat and small countries like Rwanda, Romania, Fiji, Bhutan, Egypt, Maldives, etc. are also attempting to ride on the bandwagon believing in India’s outbound tourism potential.
In this three-day B2B trade show, more than a thousand sellers from 50 participating destinations met over 6,000 buyers on the exhibition floor. Side by side the trade exhibition, there was a host of innovative events took place to discuss emerging trends in the travel business.
The event also saw panel discussions on important topics.