· Sellers from over 59 countries are likely to exhibit at the OTM 2017
· Face to face meetings to be scheduled between hosted buyers and sellers
· Over 10,000 visitors expected to visit the 3 day exhibition
Mumbai, 15 February 2017: Widely recognized as India’s leading travel trade show, OTM is all set to be the meeting place of the largest ever number of global sellers and buyers of tourism industry. OTM 2017 will be held in Mumbai, the largest source market for leisure and MICE travel in the country.
More than a 1000 sellers from 59 countries are likely to exhibit at the OTM 2017, with visitor footfall to cross 10,000. These include International, National and State Tourism Organizations, Hotels, Airlines, Destination Marketing Companies and other suppliers serving leisure as well as MICE markets. 5447 qualified buyers and travel trade visitors have already registered for visiting OTM 2017. There are 814 fully and partly hosted buyer registrations, which is the largest number of hosted buyers in any travel trade show in India. The hosted buyers will be matched with the sellers and appointments will be scheduled in advance for face to face meetings during the show.
Countries at OTM 2017 include Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Fiji, Fujairah, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Ras Al Khaimah, Romania, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sharjah, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Umm Al Quwain and country representations from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam.
Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd, the organiser of OTM said, “Tourism industry in India will be seen as the next big thing at OTM 2017, with the largest ever gathering of buyers and sellers, from around the world. We are especially excited because OTM has emerged as the largest travel trade show in India in terms of exhibitor area, number of sellers and buyers.”
Indian destinations are equally aggressive as their international counterparts. Tourism departments along with private operators from Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and state representations from Daman & Diu, Delhi, Goa, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu are participating in the show.
OTM is supported by Incredible India, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), Maharashtra Tour Operators Association (MTOA), Travel Agents Association of Pune (TAAP), Travel Agents Association of Nashik (TAAN), South Gujarat Association of Travel Agents (SATA).
Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary- Tourism & Culture, Government of Maharashtra said, “Apart from the fact that OTM would be showcasing global destinations, the trade fair would also help promote tourism in Maharashtra as a world-class tourist destination and offer opportunity to travel and tour operators to interact with foreign buyers, retail buyers, exhibitors, policy makers, investors and many more.”
Mumbai being one of the largest global hubs for film production, OTM is partnering with Film and TV Producers Guild of India to organize an exclusive event on the opening day of OTM focused on promoting tourism through films shoots, which will be attended by international and state tourism boards and leading film production companies.