KOLKATA,1 JULY 2022
The Three day mega Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) partnered and supported by Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) has started at Biswa Bangla Mela Prangan ( formerly Milan Mela Prangan), besides ITC Sonar at Kolkata from 1 July.
Over 200 exhibitors from 20 states and union territories are participating at the TTF Kolkata on 1,2,3 July. TTF is India’s biggest travel trade show network.
Anil Punjabi, chairman ( East) of Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) and Director of Ar-Es Travels Kolkata has welcomed the TTF Fair from 1 July at Kolkata and said that it is great opportunity
and platform for the travel trade partners and to the travelers at the City Of Joy to get a first hand information of what’s happening in the travel trade nowadays.
“ Ideally this is the right platform to hold a TTF as the travel protocols have been mentioned and slowly the tourism sector is getting back to normalcy like the pre pandemic periods. The travelers and travel agents can finalise the tourism destinations for the next season after attending this TTF Kolkata. The business is getting normal and places are gradually becoming safe for tourists, ”he added.
The governments from different respective countries are welcoming tourists, travel is rebounding, borders are opening, hopefully the surge is not there and Travel and Tourism will be like before once
again. Already a million of passengers have travelled in the months of May and June, Anil Punjabi said.
India is one of the fastest growing travel markets in the world. Whether it be domestic, outbound, business, MICE or leisure travel, India today is the place to be. The domestic Indian travel market was
projected to grow at 11 to 11.5% to $48 billion by 2020. Indians took 1.6 billion domestic trips in 2016, and are now raring to go international, buoyed by a growing and prosperous middle class. The government of India has made travel and tourism a key priority area and has taken a host of steps to boost further travel and tourism in the country.
There has been a forecast of increase in spend for outbound travel from India to US$45 billion in 2022 from 17.3 million in 2016.
The next TTFs will be held at Hyderabad, Surat, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru and Chennai and OTM at Mumbai.
Since 1989, TTF has been providing an annual marketing platform and an opportunity to network with the travel trade in 9 major cities, culminating in the grand finale – OTM, India’s leading travel trade show on the basis of number of sellers, buyers and rented area.
TTF opens the door to India’s travel market, one of the fastest growing in the world. Whether it be domestic, outbound, business, MICE, or luxury travel, India today is the final frontier. As India’s
oldest and leading travel trade show network, TTF is uniquely positioned to help in cracking the market.
Over 2500 plus exhibitors from India and abroad, including people from state tourism boards, hoteliers, tour operators and travel agents, tourists, online travel companies, national tourist offices, airlines, railways and cruise lines, B2B interactions take place.
TTF is like an encyclopedia for the travel industry as buyers, sellers and visitors share a common space and each gets their share of the business, concludes Anil Punjabi.
The Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) is organised at a time in Kolkata when the state government is also focusing on upgrading the travel and tourism sector of Destination West Bengal in the days to come.