OTM rolls out the red carpet for the best of World Tourism in India
February 18, Mumbai: OTM opened today with the highest attendance ever, with the inauguration by Shri Ram Shankar Shinde, Hon?bleState Tourism Minister of Maharashtra, in the presence ofChief Guest Mrs Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand?s Tourism Minister,and other global thought-leaders of the travel fraternity. OTM is being held at Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon (E) from February 18 to 20,2016. It is athree-day B2B trade show, where more than a thousand sellers from 50 participating destinations will meet 6,000 buyers on the exhibition floor. Side by side the trade exhibition, there are a host of innovative events to discuss emerging trends in the travel business, e.g. TechForum@OTM, #StartupKnockDown and Shoot at Site@OTMsessions. These have been planned alongside OTM tospecifically address topical agendas that are increasingly catching the industry?s attention. The UAE is leading their participation with all its 7 Emirates, making them the largest destination exhibitor in OTM 2016. They are joined by several global destinations at OTM 2016 with the keenness to carve a piece of India?s projected 50 million outbound pie ? Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Thailand, New Zealand, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Bangladesh, Philippines, Maldives, Oman, Bhutan, Seychelles, Israel, Rwanda, Romania, Fiji and Greece are all in place at India?s biggest travel show. Major Indian destinations are perfectly complementing their international counterparts with Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and many other states, present with large number of sellers from each, to showcase India at its best. Many destinations in India and abroad have targeted Bollywood for film locations, for it is a proven niche segment that generates significant increase in visitor arrivals. For the destinations and film producers to benefit from this opportunity, members of the Film and TV Producers Guild of India; the Indian chapters of the Motion Pictures Association of America; Yash Raj Films; Ernst & Young and the Cinematographer?s Association of India will present a panel discussion titled Shoot at Site@OTM. ?Technology, digital marketing, and social media are more and more enabling travel organisations from Tourist Boards to hotels, tour operators and tourist attractions to market to targeted consumers domestically and globally. In partnership with travel-tech media platform, TravHQ, we have successfully created India?s first and only specialised tourism-based business-technology platform, TechForum@OTM, aimed at connecting technology solution providers with our colleagues in the travel industry,? explained SanjivAgarwal, Chairman and CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd ? the organisers of OTM. Two panel discussions and a unique workshop are being staged alongside OTM:
- Panel discussions on how to leverage content and online influencer relationships will provide travel organisations greater insights on the power of technology and online marketing in reaching and connecting with consumers all over the world in a momentous way.
- Judged by the Head of Travel Business at Google India, venture capitalists and a corporate strategist from leading travel company Cox & Kings, the unique workshop on #StartupKnockDown provides promising travel start-ups the ultimate pitch deck to increase awareness and raise funds.