The second edition of GITM to be held at the Grand Hyatt Goa in Bambolim is one of the few exclusive business-to-business networking events organised for the travel industry in the country
Preparations are well underway for the much talked about Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) 2011 slated to be held between 21st and 23rd October this year. The mega three day event open exclusively to the trade industry will be held at the newly opened Grand Hyatt Goa in Bambolim, Goa.
GITM which is organised with the sole objective of advancing the success of tourism related business in the state is jointly promoted by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) and the state department of tourism, India Tourism, Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) and Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).
After the extraordinary success of the first edition of the travel mart held last year, the state is all set to host GITM 2011 in its inimitable style which spells 'Goa'. GITM 2010 saw over a thousand trade visitors which included participation of buyers from over twelve countries including Singapore, South Africa, Canada, UK, Italy, Poland, Russia, UAE, Thailand and Brazil among others. Knowledge sessions with industry stalwarts on west coast tourism, investment opportunities, branding Goa and adopting the public private partnership (PPP) model to boost tourism were some of the key highlights of the event.
This year GITM is slated to be bigger, better and grander. The Hyatt brand’s magnificent new property, the Grand Hyatt Goa has been chosen as the venue for this much talked about B2B event. An enchanting destination resort and spa set on the calm waters of Bambolim Bay in North Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa will play host to the three day event. Spread across 28 acres of colourful, tropical gardens and lush lawns that roll down to the water's edge, the resort will provide the perfect ambience for an event of this magnitude.
Said Shyam Satardekar, Chairperson of Goa Tourism and Development Corporation (GTDC), "The international travel and trade mart held last year was a phenomenal success. We are confident that an event like GITM which is being organised on such a scale will boost trade and result in increased visitors to the state to experience our unique culture. We will showcase our strength to the global travel industry"
Swapnil Naik, Director Tourism, Government of Goa added "It goes without saying that Goa being a premier holiday destination, is placed firmly on the global travel map. The first edition of GITM held last year spearheaded its growth even further bringing better and larger opportunities to the travel and tourism trade in Goa. We are confident that GITM 2011 will be better".
Reflecting on the success of last year's trade mart said Gaurish Dhond, President, Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), "Last year's trade mart was a learning experience and offered key insights into the fast-evolving dynamics of the industry. The travel industry wholeheartedly supports this state initiative and looks forward to another successful edition to GITM".
Manguirish Pai Raikar, President, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI)added,"The Chamber is committed to sustainable development of the state. Entrepreneurship development in particular is our priority. GITM offers the perfect platform for local entrepreneurs in the travel and allied trade industry to network with global firms and forge positive business alliances."
Tourism bodies including the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) and the Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) have confirmed participants at GITM 2011. Registration of this year's exhibitors is underway.
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About GITM 2011
GITM which aims to boost tourism related business in the state is jointly promoted by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) and the state department of tourism, India Tourism, Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) and Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI). GITM is a one-of-its-kind tourism mart and one of the few exclusive business-to-business networking events organised in the country. The four day, high-activity event, being held in the capital Panaji, is an ideal venue for business networking and forging new relationships. It is also an opportunity for trade bodies to address concerns related to the travel and tourism sectors and collectively seek solutions that can help boost the economy of the sector.
Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has continually striven to offer the finest tourism related services to its guests. GTDC has always sought to showcase the intrinsic natural beauty of Goa comprising its beautiful beaches, enchanting backwaters, its forests, spice gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, historical monuments and the state's rich cultural heritage.
About Goa Tourism:
Goa has always been a traveler's paradise. Apart from the wonderful beaches and breathtaking landscapes, it is the culture and lifestyle of the people which appeals to travelers. Goa Tourism aims to differentiate and market Goa as a must-visit destination offering a variety of enriching experiences. For more information, please visit www.goatourism.gov.in
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