Riding on the wave of interest in the Indian tourism market and the success of their inaugural event in February, exhibition organisers Kinex Log of the UK announced the second edition of World Travel India (WTI)…
Riding on the wave of interest in the Indian tourism market and the success of their inaugural event in February, exhibition organisers Kinex Log of the UK announced the second edition of World Travel India (WTI) to be staged next January in New Delhi. The launch of the WTI` 05 travel trade exhibition and conference was made in Dubai today at the Arabian Travel Market.
Following on from the success of the first show earlier this year in Mumbai, the organisers were overwhelmed with the response from both international and domestic exhibitors. According to Dina MacDonald, Managing Director of Kinex Log, all eyes are well and truly focused on the burgeoning Indian market for inbound, outbound and MICE, all are on the up.
This sentiment seems to be reflected in the response from WTI`s exhibitors who are keen to access the growing opportunities India provides. Barbara Van Deventer of Three Cities Properties in South Africa said that the show was extremely beneficial for both Three Cities properties as as well as South Africa. Similar praise was given by Italian tour specialists, Iscra Viaggi, we are glad that we chose to WTI to come into direct contact with the people, said Simonetta Ricci.
The World Tourism Organisation underline the outbound tourism opportunity where they predict a massive rise in Indian tourist travelling overseas up to 50 million people by 2020. This is nearly a ten fold increase from the an estimated 6.5 million in 2001 rising to 10 million in 2005.
The inbound sector too continues to post record results with nearly a quarter of a billion travellers choosing domestic travel and holiday options. Add to that the 2.5 million visitors from overseas, and it`s easy to see why the Indian travel market is as incredible as their own tourism board slogan makes out, Incredible India.
Ms MacDonald explained that this message has been received by a global market keen to find out more about India, that`s why WTI will continue to play a vital role in showcasing some of the opportunities that exist. Networking sessions and the show`s hospitality programme prove to be vital components in the mix of activities provided at the event.
The organisers have highlighted the expanding meetings, incentives and conference sector in India with dedicated business sessions focusing on the category. These will be included in the conference programme as well as the show`s hosted visitors programme.
The latter is a popular feature of WTI where selected buyers will be hosted by WTI`s official airlines and hotels to meet with nominated operators from the inbound sector. According to WTI`s project manager, Richard Gayle, the programme next year will concentrate on MICE, selected emerging Asian markets and those from Europe, especially some of those who recently joined the EU.
WTI `05 takes place between 14 – 16 January in New Delhi. The event will include a major B2B exhibition, conference and networking sessions.
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