Joint Secretary, Tourism, Government of India, Mr. Suman Billa inaugurated the Great Indian Travel Bazaar Exhibition at JECC in Jaipur on Monday. Also present on the occasion were Principal Secretary, Tourism, Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Smt. Sreya Guha; Past President of FICCI & Chairperson of FICCI Tourism Committee, Dr. Jyotsna Suri; Director, Tourism, Government of India, Ms. Aashima Mehrotra and Ambassador of Japan to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu.
Later they went around the exhibition and visited a large number of stalls including the various State pavilions. As many as 10 States apart from the host State of Rajasthan are participating this year; Gujarat, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Odisha, Goa, Punjab and Chandigarh.
Over the years, GITB has evolved into one of the biggest travel and trade shows in the South Asian subcontinent. Today the show bore witness to 5,600 pre-scheduled meetings between major inbound foreign buyers and about 300 booth owners from the hospitality and travel trade. In all, there will be over 11,000 structured meetings at GITB 2019 over the two days.