Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal, inaugurated the first ever India Tourism Mart (ITM 2018) in New Delhi on Monday. The India Tourism Mart is being organised by the Ministry of Tourism from September 16 to 18, 2018, in partnership with the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) and with support from the state / UT governments.
The event was held in the presence of the secretary, other senior officials of the Tourism Ministry and Chairman/members of FAITH and also delegates from India and across the world.
Inaugurating the event, Goyal wished the best to the Tourism Ministry to reach the ambitious goal of $100 billion FTA receipts per year within the next five years.
The Minister said that unless the infrastructure and fundamentals are set up, India cannot come up as a well sought-after destination and he said that the present government has been developing these by ensuring 24 hour power supply, promoting renewable energy forms and improving connectivity by effectively connecting the remotest destinations.
The Minister also added the most important element that will help promote tourism in a complete way is the government’s cleanliness drive, the Swachhta Abhiyan, which will ensure India becoming a preferred destination for all international tourists.
Speaking at the event, Tourism Minister KJ Alphon announced that ITM will be an annual event hereafter in line with other International Tourism Marts and it will be held in the month of September. He also added that visiting the country has become easier with the new e-visa regime, which is now open to 166 countries.
The ITM 2018 has a participation of around 225 hosted international buyers and media personnel from across the world such as North America, West Europe, East Asia, Latin America, etc.
International delegates from overseas markets will interact with Indian seller delegates and the buyers will include current buyers who are already marketing India as a tourist destination as well as potential buyers who are not marketing India at present but have shown interest in the country.