OTM forecasts record turnout

MUMBAI, 14 February 2017: OTM 2017 will be held in Mumbai, the largest source market for leisure and MICE travel in the country, 21 to 23 February, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.

More than 1000 sellers from 50 countries will exhibit at OTM 2017. They include national and state tourism organisations, hotels, airlines, destination marketing companies and other suppliers serving leisure as well as MICE markets, keen to tap India’s expanding outbound travel market.

The show estimates 5447 qualified buyers and travel trade visitors have already registered. They include 814 fully and partly hosted buyer registrations, which is the largest number of hosted buyers in any travel trade show in India.

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The total number of trade visitors is likely to exceed 10,000, by the time the show closes.

According to data published by India’s Ministry of Tourism, 20.38 million Indians booked overseas trips in 2015 (11.1% higher than 2014). The number of domestic trips within India was a whopping 1.432 billion (11.6% higher than in 2014). In stark contrast, the number of foreign tourist arrivals to India was slightly more than 8 million (4.05% higher than in 2014). OTM caters to all of these markets — inbound, outbound and domestic.

According to UNWTO, the number of Indian outbound travellers will grow to approximately 50 million in 2020, contributing USD28 billion in expenditure.

Mumbai is the biggest source market for outbound and domestic travel in India. Together with its hinterland markets in the West and South India, it represents 60% of the total outbound tourists from India. It is also the strongest market for business, luxury and MICE travel for international as well as domestic segments.

Countries at OTM 2017 include Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Fiji, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and country representations from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, UK, US, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

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Tourism Authority of Thailand’s director based in Mumbai said: “We are delighted to be associated with OTM, which is one the biggest B2B trade fairs in the tourism industry.”

OTM 2017 will be co-located with the Mumbai edition of BLTM – India’s show for business travel, luxury and MICE segments, where qualified hosted buyers meet sellers by appointments.

Fairfest was the first mover in India in the space of travel marts. It was established in 1989. Its OTM is now India’s largest travel trade show on the basis of number sellers as well as buyers.

OTM is supported by Incredible India, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), Maharashtra Tour Operators Association (MTOA), Travel Agents Association of Pune (TAAP), Travel Agents Association of Nashik (TAAN), South Gujarat Association of Travel Agents (SATA).