Inauguration of Travel & Tourism Fair (TTF) 2021 at Kolkata
News Desk, News Nation 360: The year 2021 is beginning on a hopeful note for the travel and tourism industry. There is already a strong revival of demand for domestic leisure travel and hotel bookings have reached three-fourth (75%) of pre-covid levels. Air travel has exceeded 85% of its pre-covid levels. While international travel may restart later in the year, business travel within India has also recovered almost half-way (50%) and is soon likely to reach the levels of the previous year, according to leading travel agents. TTF Kolkata, the oldest travel trade show in the country is back on the ground, manifesting the revival and setting the wheels of the tourism industry in India with confidence. The 2021 edition of the show is bringing the best and most of the travel industry under one roof for reviving and restarting tourism in India. More than 140 exhibitors and representatives from 15 states are showing up at TTF, from 26-28 February at a brand-new venue Uttirno in Alipore, in the heart of the city. TTF Kolkata was inaugurated in the august presence of Ms Nandini Chakravorty, Principal Secretary, West Bengal Tourism, state tourism officials from all over India, and stalwarts of the travel and tourism industry. West Bengal Tourism has joined as the Host State of the show while Gujarat is the Premium Partner State and the Statue of Unity the Partner Destination. Uttarakhand and Rajasthan are the Partner States. Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura and Jharkhand have come onboard as the Feature States, alongside key private players from DMCs, the hospitality sector, aviation and others. Air India is the Official Partner of the show this year too. India Tourism also has a big presence at the show, like every year. TTF Kolkata is also hosting a panel discussion on Domestic tourism: Leading the way in reviving travel & tourism in India. TTF Kolkata has the support of TAAB, TAHAT, OTOAI, ATOAI, TAAI, ADTOI, IATO, IAAI, ETAA, SKAL Club Kolkata and TAFI. Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media expressed that they are extremely happy to report that the confidence in domestic travel is growing by leaps and bounds. This is the reason they launched a special series of shows in Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai in Feb-Mar this year, to assemble pioneers in reopening travel destinations, to market in the top three markets in India. The show will be open to travel trade visitors only on 26th February, from 11 am to 7 pm and on 27th February, from 11 am to 2 pm. The second half of the second day and all of the last day will be open to all.
Pic : Krishnendu Kundu
Report : Anustup Kundu