See the Country, Travel the World!
With this year’s edition of ‘KITM’ in Bangalore, Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions completes 20th year of providing the travel industry and discerning buyers from the travel – trade and corporate sector an opportunity to do business.
Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions 106th edition of its ‘India International Travel Mart’, held from 27- 29 July 2018 at the The Bangalore Palace, Vasanth Nagar Entrance. The exhibition was inaugurated by Karnataka State’s Hon’ble Minister Sri Sa Ra Mahesh for Tourism & Sericulture, along with Sri Lanka’s Hon’ble Minister John Amaratunga, Cabinet Minister of Tourism, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr T K Anil Kumar, IAS. Secretary – Tourism Govt. Of Karnataka and B Ramu, IAS, Director Karnataka Tourism Department Govt. Of Karnataka on Friday, 27 July 2018 at the Bengaluru Palace Grounds.
‘Karnataka International Travel Mart’ showcased a variety of destinations from different spheres such as pilgrimages, adventures, culture & heritage, beaches, hills and much more. The event had over 450 participants from over 15 countries and over 20 Indian states. Participants included Travel Agents & Tour Operators, DMC, Hotels & Resorts, National Tourist Organizations, Cruises, Airlines, Online Travel Portals etc.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sanjay Hakhu, Director, Sphere TravelMedia said, “India in spite of the present business environment is fast emerging as one of the most interesting and productive countries for the travel trade industry both for leisure and business travel. A combination of factors is responsible for the growth and demand of travel trends from India. The visitor profile is on a B2B & B2C format like and will have over 15,000 buyers over three days”.
Tourism Studies and Trends indicate that the year 2018 – 19 will see more than 20 million Indian tourists embanking on overseas travel and with the advent of low-cost international airfares and holiday packages that are available on monthly installments payable over a period of time, International travel is no longer a luxury.
Highlights from KITM Bengaluru Event:
Sri Lanka was the ‘Partner Country’ at ‘India International Travel Mart this year.
Big representation from different travel and tourism products of Karnataka.
Some of the International participants who participated this year include participants from Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Maldives, Nepal, Dubai, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, etc
Gujarat, Goa, Kerala, Odisha were the ‘Partner States’ while Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu remained as ‘Feature Destinations’ at the event.
Karnataka was the Host State for the event. Other states represented include Kerala, Delhi, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and many more.
More than 200 hotels and resorts participated from all over India, making it one of the most diverse ranges of hospitality products in the country on display.
Diverse Tourism segments were on display such as Pilgrimage Travel, Adventure, Cultural pursuits, shopping tours, etc.
International Flight offerings from Air India and Sri Lankan Airlines
Exclusive Start-up Pavilion in the field of hospitality, travel and tourism.
Launch of Special Ramayana Packages from Sri Lanka Tourism
International Holiday Packages from IRCTC.
The 'Karnataka International Travel Mart’ provides an ideal ‘marketing opportunity’ and ‘excellent backdrop’ to enhance the participant’s ‘brand-equity’ in the eyes of the discerning end consumer and the travel-trade.
Boost for Domestic Tourism:
The event showcases travel and hospitality products from every part of the country, making it one of the biggest congregations of travel-trade in the country. The event provides unmatched networking opportunities to interact with Travel-Trade and Corporate Buyers alike.
Mr Rohit Hangal, Director, Sphere Travelmedia added: ‘domestic travel as the backbone’ of India’s tourism portfolio and with an estimated 561 million domestic tourist visits. This segment is probably only second to China in terms of sheer size. With the rapid economic development taking place in the country and availability of greater disposable income combined with affordable holiday packages, tourism in India is increasing steadily and acts as a catalyst for the furthering the economic growth in view of its wide-ranging linkage effects and multiple impacts.
IITM is a fantastic opportunity to network and create lasting connections being in the travel-trade industry for almost two decades, we simply cannot stress this enough- IITM events are simply the best opportunities for networking and showcasing your products to the rest of the travel fraternity. Not just that, if you are lucky enough you will end up making meaningful and lasting connections that can provide the right leverage to your organization or the brand that you represent. We, at IITM, have always been in the forefront of pioneering change and innovation. We make sure that we go that extra mile to give you maximum visibility and ample of opportunities that will benefit your business.
Generate highly targeted business leads.
IITM is that one pit stop that you need to make to strike your advertising and marketing targets. Yes, we are talking about generating leads by showcasing your products to the right audience that will aid in catapulting your products to a trajectory of growth and commercial success. If you are passionate about your product, your organization or your brand and love talking about it, we assure you that you will find yourself at home here. Networking with a niche, highly targeted audience also ensures that no effort is gone to waste!
Latest scoop on travel trends.
If you have been fishing around to get the inside news and trends about the travel industry, IITM is the place to be. Not just that, this opportunity to interact and network with the key decision makers of the travel industry will warrant that you are at top of your game when it comes to knowledge and know-how about the industry. Therefore, we are talking about creating lasting impressions in the minds of your prospective clients. You not only generate leads, you generate ideas. How exciting!
India International Travel Mart attracts more than 20,000 trade visitors from India and abroad, every year! This would mean that IITM events are bustling with trailblazers from the travel-trade. You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to mark your presence amongst your competitors and more importantly- your potential customers!
Does your product require greater visibility?
Exhibiting at IITM is an exciting opportunity to take your business to the next level by showcasing your products to the key decision makers of the industry, potential customers or even potential business partners. More importantly, by meeting and networking with other travel professionals you will be able to assess the market positioning of your company as well as your competitors. It is also highly likely that you will gain keen insight about the top trends in the industry.
Let’s address the elephant in the room and ask the big question- What is the Exhibitor Profile of IITM like?
EXHIBITOR PROFILE OF IITM EVENTS
National Tourist Organizations & State Tourism Promotion Boards.
Trade & Financial Institutions.
Transportation: Airlines, Charters, Railways, Passenger Transporters, Car Rentals, Shipping, Cruise liners, Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Group Travel
Operators, Foreign Exchange dealers, Destination Management Companies.
MICE Operators (Meetings, Incentives, Conference & Exhibition) Conventions and Exhibition Centers, Holiday Packages& Financers.
Technology Providers: Travel Portals, Hotel Reservation, Networks Hotels & Resorts, Wild Life & Golf Resorts, Eco-tourism camps, Health Spas, Ayurvedic Centers.
Time-Share Resorts, Corporate Clubs, Amusement, Theme Parks etc.
Adventure Sports: Aero & Aqua Sports, Terrestrial Adventure operators (Trekking, Mountaineering, Jungle Camping, Adventure gears, and Wild life and eco-tourism resorts.
Hospitality and tourism Institutions.
Healthcare and Travel Insurance Services.
Travel Accessories: Credit Cards, Foreign Exchange,Baggage Manufacturers, Photography Equipment, Accessories etc.
Handicrafts, Speciality vehicles & Publications.
IITM events offer an amazing platform with global exposure to the participants for cost-effective marketing and networking. Numerous influential and key decision makers of the travel and tourism industry make it a point to attend the IITM events. There is no better way of knowing what the customers want than by attending IITM events.
You name it, we have it covered! So have you saved the dates yet?