Global Travel Mart India: Global tender soon

Default, Travel — By on March 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

The Global Travel Mart India slated to be held on Dec 12 2012 will be organised based on International Tender. Ministry of Tourism, Government of India will float a global tender soon according to Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister of Tourism while speaking to the media after the National Tourism Awards ceremony held in New Delhi. The global tender will be floated in a month’s time to rope in the services of an exhibition organiser for conducting the proposed travel exhibition. The Ministry at a recently convened meeting of the travel trade stakeholders in New Delhi conveyed the need to adopt international best practices being followed globally in the field of travel exhibitions for the proposed travel  mart as well. December being a tourism high season in Delhi, the Ministry wanted an assurance from the hotel associations in terms of the accommodation and the r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s o f Ho t e l Association of India (HAI) and Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) are believed to have assured their full support for the maiden venture. The targeted exhibition space for GTMI is 10,000 sq. mtrs. and will have both inbound and outbound component on a 50:50 ratio.. MoT plans to involve the newly formed Federations of Associations of Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) in the whole scheme of things. While the Ministry is going ahead with the ground work, there are concerns being raised by established travel trade exhibition organisers in India against the government involving itself directly in a venture which so far has been the domain of the private entrepreneurs. Naveen Berry, the architect of SATTE raised this issue at the inauguration of SATTE 2012 that was held in Delhi last month. He said that the government should respect whatever has been done by private players and protect their interest while launching a global travel mart. However, the government feels that a country of India’s geographical size can support any number of exhibitions. “We do everything in consultation with the stakeholders. We only give final shape after deliberations. Achieving 10 million Foreign Tourist Arrivals by 2015 should be the goal,” said Sanjay Kothari, Additional Secretary- Tourism, Government of India.

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