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CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates Odisha Travel Bazaar 2022

Oct 29, 2022

  • 83 Domestic Tour Operators participate on the inaugural day

Bhubaneswar, 29 October 2022: Chief Minister of Odisha Mr Naveen Patnaik yesterday inaugurated the 4th Edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar at Hotel Mayfair Convention. This 3-day extravaganza opened to huge responses with 83 Domestic Tour Operators participating in the Exhibition and showcasing their tourism products.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Mr Naveen Patnaik said, "We have identified 17 priority destinations encompassing beaches, biodiversity zones, heritage monuments and areas of religious and cultural importance for integrated master-planning based development. With products which are centered around key tourism offerings to match global standards, Odisha will be able to attract not just the finest brands in business of travel and hospitality but also tourists looking for experientials that are bespoke with a fresh perspective."

Mr Patnaik iterated that in the recent times Odisha has evolved into the sports capital of India and has been hosting international marquee events such as the recently concluded FIFA Under 17 Women's World Cup and now has the rare opportunity of hosting FIH Hockey Men's World Cup for the second consecutive time in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in January 2023. Deliberating on the many tourism offerings Odisha has to offer, Mr Patnaik welcomed the tourism fraternity and sought their active contribution in marketing the State.

Deliberating on the diverse tourism offerings Odisha has Tourism Minister Mr Aswini Kumar Patra highlighted Chief Minister Mr Patnaik's vision due to which the State has seen unprecedented growth in the recent years with respect to creation of tourism infrastructure and substantial increase in budget for development of tourism.

Mr Surendra Kumar, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha said, "Odisha as a state has many things to offer for all tourists. We are probably the only state in the country that increased its forest cover in last two decades. The state's infrastructure is well developed keeping in sync with the potential of these destinations."

During the event, Tourism Minister launched Z-cards, a pocket size mini brochure that showcases 15 different tourist circuits comprising culture, heritage, beaches, wildlife, etc. A cultural programme showcasing Odisha's performing arts such as Odissi and Sambalpuri folk dance was organized post the interactive session.

Chairman OTDC Dr. Lenin Mohanty, CMD Swosti Group of Hotels Mr JK Mohanty were also present on the occasion. A presentation on Odisha's tourism profile and potential was made by Director Tourism Mr Sachin Ramachandra Jadhav. Additional Secretary Tourism was also present during the event.

Earlier in the day, Minister of Odia Language, Literature & Culture, Excise and Tourism Mr Aswini Kumar Patra inaugurated the B2B exhibition at Hotel Swosti Premium.

83 buyers from cities like Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chandrapur, Chennai, Dehradun, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mangalgiri, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, New Delhi and NCR, Panjim, Pune, Raipur, Rohtak, Siliguri, Surendra Nagar, Trivandrum, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam participated in the event.

On this occasion, Principal Secretary Tourism Mr Surendra Kumar, Director Tourism Mr Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav, Co-Chairman FICCI Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Committee and CMD Swosti Hotels Mr J K Mohanty and OSD Tourism Mr Ansuman Rath were also present.

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