On the very first day ‘team India’ could be seen winning the hearts of the visitors. Located at the centre of the event hall, Indian gallery starts with a small stage where traditional dance forms were performed throughout the day. Anyone who walked past could not resist a picture with the performers….writes Anilesh Kumar from Excel Centre in London
It is an event meant to showcase and promote global tourism but what has become the centre of attraction is the presence of India with its unique diversity. The World Travel Market 2017 has opened its doors for all those interested in tourism marketing. Countries from every continent are present to garner support from the travel world. India, like other countries too has participated to promote its tourism which is also one of its fastest growing sector adding more jobs and zeros to the government treasury!
On the very first day ‘Team India’ could be seen winning the hearts of the visitors. Located at the centre of the event hall, Indian gallery starts with a small stage where traditional dance forms were performed throughout the day. Anyone who walked past could not resist a picture with the performers.
Inside the gallery what could be seen is an amazing display of the art, culture and beauty. All 28 states from India, on their own stalls boast the beauty and specialty of their respective states. From Jammu to Kerala to Manipur to Rajasthan, states are being represented by both government officials and various tour companies inviting people to explore and enjoy.
Mr Pramod Kumar is the Tourism Minister for the Indian state of Bihar. Talking about the historical significance of the his home state he appealed the Indians across the globe to ‘definitely visit the land of Lord Mahavira and Gautam Buddha. Talking to Asian Lite he said, ‘Tourism is not only about visiting beautiful locations but also revisiting history..and what better than Bihar.’
Mohit Sharma from ‘Way to India’ is very positive about the event. He also talks about India’s ability to ‘surprise explorers’. He said, ‘Every year I find at least two new places which are relatively unknown but with mesmerizing beauty or amazingly relaxing. The strength of India is its vastness. Its huge and therefore unexplored on many levels.’
According to The World Tourism & Travel Council India generated 220 billion dollars from tourism in 2016. With a global event like this the figures could be expected to soar only. The WTM event will continue till Wednesday 8 November.