Bhubaneswar, October 14: Around 46 tour operators from 19 countries are going to participate in the first edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar (OTB) which is being organized by Orissa Tourism department in association with FICCI. This will begin from October 15 and will be held at Hotel Mayfair, Bhubaneswar
10 top line Inbound operators, 20 leading domestic tour operators from across India, 17 leading investors from various sectors, wedding planners, travel writers and leading airlines among others are going to participate in this three days event.
Foreign tour operators from countries like Australia, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, and Vietnam will also participate. That apart, around 55 tour operators and hoteliers from Odisha will also be there as sellers to showcase and market the tourism products of Odisha.
Interacting with media, secretary of Tourism department, Mona Sharma said, “This will be a great to opportunity to promote Odisha as one of the best destination in India and attract foreign tour operators.”
Informing further, tourism director Nitin B Jawale said, “There will be around 2000 structured, pre-structured B2B meetings orgainsed between buyers and sellers at the booths/ table tops of the sellers in two days event. B2G meetings will also be simultaneously be held between the department of tourism, and the leading investors from various sectors such as hotel, ropeway, ayurveda and wellness centre, amusement park, held and air services, sanitation and bio-toilets,"
An exclusive familiarization (FAM) trip is even being organised for the participating foreign tour operators, top of the inbound operators, leading domestic tour operators.
"The purpose of hosting a FAM tour is to increase product knowledge and destination knowledge. There will be 3 FAM tours that would focus on Buddhist sites, golden triangle and tribal tour," said Jawale.