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Madhya Pradesh invites the world to explore its many possibilities

Updated: Sep 12, 2016 12:59 IST

New Delhi [India], Sep 12 (ANI): The third edition of the Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart will be held from the 14th to 16th of October, 2016 at the Hotel Lake View Ashok in Bhopal. Over 70 international buyers from 25 Countries, 175 national and about 80 representatives of distinct Indian markets are expected to participate in the travel mart.

The year 2015 saw around 7.8 crore tourist in Madhya Pradesh out of which 4.5 lakh were foreigners. This year the number is expected to cross well over 8 crore.

Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan will inaugurate the event. It will also bring tourism stakeholders on a platform where they would get to explore opportunities of mutual trade.

"The travel mart aims to create a platform for like-minded people to interact and do business together. The current years have seen tourism in MP emerging as one of the major sectors for growth of the economy. International Tourist Arrivals and the foreign exchange earnings through tourism in terms of rupees registered an impressive growth.

MP was declared amongst top tourism destinations among other states by the leading tourism personalities and we hope that this mart takes this growth to even greater heights," said Managing Director of MPSTDC, Hariranjan Rao.

The primary objective of this mart is to market and promote Madhya Pradesh as a destination throughout the year. There will be post event FAM Tours for the buyers and media to places of interest such as Mandu, Sanchi, Kanha and Pench.

" Madhya Pradesh is the heart of India and an all season destination. Our tourism figures continue to show growth over the past couple of years and this year we encourage the entire tourism community to explore us in a new avatar. This travel mart is our attempt to build a bridge towards this effort and we hope this all our guest see this as a worthwhile investment of their time and money," said Additional Managing Director of MPSTDC, Tanvi Sundriyal.

"We wanted to showcase MPTM in a new avtar to the audience, hence we offered some new ideas such as a Webinar room for sellers to make presentation to those who could not attend the mart, a special training session for the products to understand presentation skills as per international standards and a whole lot of new brand building efforts to ensure all roads lead to the event," said CMD- CS Direkt Exhibitions and Events Pvt. Ltd, Sanjeev Pasricha.

"The screening process this year for international buyers was tough. We went through each buyer's profile by visiting their websites, Facebook pages, twitter handles etc. before approving them. As for domestic buyers and trade visitors, we have received more than 500 applications. Hence it was a difficult decision to select 175 domestic buyers," added Founder CEO- Candid India, Deepika Chowdhry.

The event is being held in collaboration with Adventure Tour Operators Association of India, Indian Association of Tour Operators, Travel Agent Association of India and Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India. Representatives from America, Britain, Germany, France, Canada and other countries are also expected to take part in the event. (ANI)