Published on : Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam is playing host to Travel & Tourism Fair (TTF), India’s largest travel trade show network. The three-day TTF Chennai opened on 6th January, with over 120 national and international participants, who have set up colourful pavilions to woo the travellers from the city and from Tamil Nadu.
This year, the show has grown by 25% over last year, indicating that even post-demonetisation, the travel industry is anticipating good growth and positive trends.
Participants from 6 countries and 20 Indian states and union territories have come to sell at TTF Chennai. These include state tourism boards, national tourist offices, hoteliers, airlines, tour operators and travel agents, online travel companies, railways, cruises and other travel marketers.
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are the Partner States for the event whereas Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Telangana, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Jharkhand and Andaman & Nicobar are the Feature States.
SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka providing convenient connections to its global route network of 94 destinations in 44 countries is participating in a big way at TTF Chennai as the Partner Airline. “With the most recent expansion into India, SriLankan Airlines now operates to 11 cities in India with a weekly frequency of 106 flights,” said S P Mohan, Manager for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
TTF Chennai is also having participation from Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Countries represented at Chennai include Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
First half of the show (i.e. from Friday to Saturday till 2 pm) is reserved for the travel trade, after which it is open for all (i.e. from Saturday afternoon till Sunday evening).
The TTF Series is supported by India Tourism, who is also participating in TTF Chennai as in the past.
Besides states and countries represented, other exhibitors include India B2B Solutions, Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd, Southern Travels Pvt Ltd, India Tourism Development Corporation, Tamara Coorg, Itzcash and many more.
To enhance and showcase their respective offerings, aside from attractive and elegant stalls, participating states and countries at TTF Chennai are presenting cultural events and marketing presentations to trade visitors and the media.
Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Limited (organiser of TTF and Publisher of Travel News Digest), commented, “TTF Chennai provides an important opportunity to be present in a hugely strategic market of South India. The trade show, now in its 28th year has resulted in creating a firm and strong network for the travel industry to explore the full potential and opportunities in domestic and outbound travel.”
Immediately after Chennai, TTF will take place in the subsequent weekend in Bengaluru (January 13-15).