The fifth edition of Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart (MPTM) organized by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister for Tourism Government of Bihar Pramod Kumar in the presence of Hari Ranjan Rao IAS, MD – Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board & Principal Secretary Tourism, Dr. Ilayaraja IAS, Managing Director – Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation and Bhawana Walimbe, Additional Managing Director – Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board, Capt Swadesh Kumar, President – Adventure Tour Operators Association of India, PP Khanna, President Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India, and the large number of buyers and sellers.
The event brought together national and international travel trade professionals under one roof providing multiple opportunities to tap the ever-growing market at hotel Lake view in Bhopal from 5th – 7th October 2018.
While addressing the delegates the Tourism Minister of Bihar appreciated Madhya Pradesh tourism achieved a remarkable growth and place in world tourism map. “We are closely following the best practices of MP Tourism and planning to implement some of them in our state to expedite the growth of tourism. Since there is a huge potential “said Pramod Kumar. He also urged that the officials of both sides will exchange their ideas and make a way to boost tourism between these two states.
“MP Travel Mart aims to create a platform that will offer the perfect environment for the like-minded people to interact and do business together. Our goal is to ensure that each participant whether it is buyer, visitor or exhibitor must get the value of their investment and time spent.” Said Ranjan Rao (IAS) Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board & Principal Secretary Tourism.
He further informed at Press Conference after the inauguration , that MP Tourism is coming up with host of initiatives to achieve further growth in the field of tourism. The state is aggressively focusing on promotion in international markets and planned many roadshows in coming months. A ‘City Walk’ has been started by the department of tourism to promote the heritage sites of the state. According to him, the state is focusing on adventure segment in a big way. The upcoming event ‘Adventure NEXT’ in Bhopal from 3rd to 5th December is a huge opportunity for local suppliers to interact with international buyers.
The exhibition witnessed over 200 national and international buyers from 28+ countries like Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East, US, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, China and France etc. About 125+ representatives from distinct Indian markets including heritage hotels, conference venues, tour operators and travel enthusiasts who are willing to travel to Madhya Pradesh. Apart from the B2B meetings scheduled between buyers and sellers, the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board organised a FAM tour to different destinations.