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'Great Indian Travel Bazaar ends with euphoria among travel trade'

JAIPUR: Over 8,200 meetings held during the 6th edition of “The Great Indian Travel Bazaar” ended with euphoria among the travel trade. The ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’ expressed great satisfaction and termed it as a “successful fair”.

Rakesh Srivastava, Principal Secretary, Rajasthan Tourism Department said, “The fair has been immensely successful in terms of pre-structured B2B meetings generated. The response from both the ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’ is indeed gratifying. There is no denying that The Great Indian Travel Bazaar has become a force to reckon with in the travel arena.”

The Joint Managing Director of Creative Travel, Rohit Kohil said that the GITB has emerged a very important inbound tourism platform. Looking at the number of foreign tour operators who are coming, there needs to be a top class exhibition center in Jaipur.

Even otherwise Trade Fair Tourism sector is one area which Rajasthan and other parts of the country should exploit, he added.

One of the prime highlights of the fair was the heritage division of the Travel Bazaar, said General Secretary of the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA), Randhir Vikram Singh Mandawa.

As many as 47 stalls of unique heritage hotels were under one roof. Furthermore, the quality of ‘buyers’ was outstanding, he said.

The Organizing Committee of the GITB had painstakingly selected the tour operators to be invited this year and the result has been immensely satisfying, he added.

Gyan Prakash, Director, FICCI Rajasthan State Council said that the next edition of the GITB will be held in mid April 2014 in Jaipur next year. The event has for sure carved a niche in the travel arena. Many foreign buyers have expressed their desire to come again next year and participate in this inbound tourism bonanza.