India participates in the World Travel Market 2022 (WTM) in London to step up the recovery of Inbound tourism
By PIB Delhi
- Secretary Tourism and High Commissioner of India to the UK inaugurate the Indian Pavilion at WTM2022
- Over 20 participants at the Indian Pavilion of WTM
- The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘The Future of Travel Starts Now’
- India to be promoted as a multi-product and around-the-year destination with sustainability at WTM
The Ministry of Tourism, the Government of India, is participating in the World Travel Market (WTM) 2022 from 7th to 9th November in London, which is one of the largest international travel exhibitions. The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘The Future of Travel Starts Now’. India’s participation at WTM is significant to step up the recovery of Inbound tourism to the pre-pandemic level.
The Ministry of Tourism has taken a space of 650 sq. mtr., with over 20 participants around Indian Pavilion to participate in the Exhibition. The formal inauguration of the Indian Pavilion was done by Mr. Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, and Mr. Vikram Doraiswami, High Commissioner of India to the UK in presence of Tourism Ministers of Kerala, Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu. The inauguration of the India Pavilion was done with Ribbon Cutting, Lamp Lighting, Ganesh Vandana, and Welcome Remarks by the Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Welcome Remarks by the High Commissioner of India to the UK.
After the inauguration, the Indian delegation and participants went around the Indian Pavilion and the booths of various participating states and other stakeholders. During the day, Incredible India organized various Cultural Performances, Yoga Sessions, Heena, and of course Bollywood Dance Performances. Secretary, Ministry of Tourism attended the session on “Growing Consumer Demand for Responsible Tourism” held at Future Stage and “Preparing for the next crisis: Reaching for long-term sustainability” held at the Sustainability Stage, WTM venue.
Later, Mr. Arvind Singh Secretary, and Mr. Rakesh Kumar Verma Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, held discussions with officials of ABTA to promote tourism between the two countries. Mr. Rakesh Kumar Verma held meetings with the travel trade and media and briefed them about the measures taken by the Ministry of Tourism to promote tourism post-pandemic.
The highlight of India’s participation in WTM on the first day was India Evening at Copper Chimney, West Field Mall. The invitees to India Evening were members of Travel Trade from India and the UK and the India Diaspora. India Evening on 7th November 2022 witnessed the participation of several Tourism Ministers and Secretaries of various State Governments participating in WTM 2022. The India Evening provided a platform for interaction and discussion to promote India as a multi-product and around-the-year destination with sustainability.
Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India Shri Arvind Singh while delivering the welcome remarks at the India Evening emphasized the priorities and objective of the Ministry of Tourism to showcase the diverse tourism products and services including Medical Value travel and wellness, luxury trains and the gamut of tourism products to the international business community.