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Published on : Thursday, July 21, 2016
Travel & Tourism Fair season started on a good wicket, with TTF Kolkata and Hyderabad concluding successfully with houseful shows. Over 500 exhibitors from 11 Countries and 28 Indian States & Union Territories participated with colourful pavilions and stalls, in the two cities.
TTF is India’s oldest and largest travel trade show, which is now organised in nine cities annually.
TTF Kolkata was inaugurated by Chief Guest Goutam Deb, Tourism Minister, Government of West Bengal. While inaugurating the event, he said, “I express my humble thanks to TTF for organising this beautiful edition of TTF in Kolkata. TTF is a fantastic event that will boost our tourism industry in a big way.”
Azmeera Chandulal, Tourism Minister, Government of Telangana, inaugurated TTF Hyderabad. “I am very happy to see the beautiful fair. As the Host State, Telangana Tourism sponsored a Food Festival, where members of the Telangana State Hotel Association had set up food stalls selling local delicacies for the guests visiting TTF,” the Minister said.
Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Goa and Jammu & Kashmir participated as the Partner States at TTF Kolkata whereas Gujarat, Odisha and Himachal Pradesh were the Partner States at both the TTFs.
Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were the Feature States at TTF Kolkata; Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan and Goa were at TTF Hyderabad; and Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Punjab were represented as Feature States at both the TTFs.
TTF Kolkata had Bangladesh and Nepal as the Partner Countries and Thailand as the Feature Country. The Partner Countries for TTF Hyderabad were Sri Lanka and Nepal along with China as the Feature Country.
India Tourism also participated at both the locations. Among other countries Bhutan, Maldives, Singapore, Taiwan and UAE were also represented.
TTF Kolkata and Hyderabad also had participation from Andaman & Nicobar, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Puducherry, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.
Keeping up with the current trends and challenges, this year StartupKnockDown+ was organised by TravHQ in association with TTF to highlight the emerging travel technologies across various cities in India. During the session, innovative travel start-ups from different sectors of the industry pitched in front of an expert panel of judges to win the title and many other opportunities.
The newly introduced Tea@TTF had special networking sessions by top travel trade bodies – IATO, OTOAI, ADTOI, SKAL club and the Tour Operators Association of Telangana (TOAT) during the three days of the event.
TTF Kolkata saw a 50% jump in footfalls and TTF Hyderabad grew by over 20% in exhibitor area, over last year.
TTF will now be held in lucrative West India, just before the high Diwali season, covering Ahmedabad (September 2-4), Surat (September 9-11), Mumbai (September 16-18) and Pune (September 23-25), together comprising the biggest tourism market in India.