London: A delegation of Odisha Tourism led by Tourism Minister Aswini Kumar Patra, and Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra participated in the World Travel Market (WTM) being held at London, United Kingdom.
The 3-day event scheduled from 7-9 November 2022 which is being held at the ExCel in London is seeing participation of more than 2500 Exhibitors from more than 100 countries. The Odisha Tourism Stand at WTM 2022 is garnering rave reviews with its focus on promoting eco-tourism, handicrafts and handloom of the state on the global platform.
In the inaugural session on 07th November 2022, the Incredible India Stand was inaugurated in the presence of Tourism Minister of Odisha Aswini Kumar Patra, Tourism Minister of Puducherry K. Laxminarayanan, Tourism Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr. M. Mathiventhan, Chief Secretary Odisha Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Secretary Ministry of Tourism Arvind Singh, High Commissioner of India H.E.
Vikram Durai swamy and Director Odisha Tourism Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav, among others. Speaking on the occasion, Tourism Minister Aswini Kumar Patra said – “It is a matter of great pride to see the Odisha Flag flying high in WTM 2022. Tourism in Odisha is achieving new heights under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik.
The participation of Odisha Tourism in WTM London 2022 has ensured the presence of brand Odisha on the international stage, and this will help in promoting the world-class tourism infrastructure of Odisha in the international level.”
Considered to be among the biggest travel shows in the world, the World Travel Market (WTM) London will provide the state with a perfect platform for networking and business opportunities with top notch exhibitors from all parts of the globe marking their presence in the event. Owing to the COVID pandemic, the WTM was last held in 2019. Being organized after a gap of 3 years, there is huge enthusiasm among the exhibitors to promote themselves in the international level through WTM.
The event will provide the State with new opportunities to build relationships with new partners and will help in sourcing new ideas and learnings on current trends in tourism and travel.
The participation of Odisha Tourism in WTM 2022 has garnered positive feedback among the Tourism & Travel fraternity of India owing to its efforts towards pitching Odisha as a leading tourism destination in the country with its niche tourism products.