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India's premier travel and tourism exhibition announces its 2009 schedule

(Forimmediaterelease.net) India International Travel Mart is pleased to announce its 2009 schedule at the discerning markets of Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad&Cochin:

* Bangalore: July 18-20, 2009
* Chennai: July 24-26, 2009
* Mumbai: September 11-13, 2009
* Pune: November 27-29, 2009
* Hyderabad: December 4-6, 2009
* Cochin: February 19-22, 2010

With this year's edition of IITM, Travel Media Networks completes 10 years of creating business opportunities for the hospitality, travel, and tourism industry from India and abroad. India International Travel Mart, established in 1998, is India's premier travel and tourism exhibition.

This year’s edition of India International Travel Mart will attract more than 400 participants from over 20 countries and 25 Indian states, with the visitor profile being on a B2B and B2C format.

EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL SECTION:

Taking cognizance of the fact that the Indian traveler has emerged as one of the fastest-growing markets for international destinations in the Asia Pacific region, this year shall, as tourism studies and trends indicate, be the year that shall see more than 10 million dollars in spending by tourists embanking on overseas travel. With the advent of low-cost international airfares and holiday packages that are available on monthly installments payable over a period of time, international travel is no longer a luxury.

India is fast becoming one of the most interesting and productive countries for the travel trade industry both for leisure and business travel. A combination of factors is responsible for the growth and demand of travel trends from India:

* Expansion of industries such as IT, banking, and the fact that many large European and American companies are outsourcing to the major metros of India.

* Increasing exposure through modern technology.

* Introduction of new foreign locations in the largest film industry in the world.

* Generous foreign exchange allowances both for business and leisure traffic.

PAST PARTICIPANTS:

Some of the national tourist offices that participated in the 2008 editions of IITM included India Tourism, Tourism Ireland, Switzerland Tourism, Dubai Tourism, Egypt Tourism, Iran Tourism, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tourism Malaysia, Singapore Tourism Board, and Indonesia Tourism, etc. Some of the International players who were represented at the IITM events included Cosmos&Globus, Star Cruises, Europe Incoming&Taj Tours – UK, Iscra – Italy, Sri Lankan, Ace Incentives – Greece, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Athens Marriott, and Kuoni Holidays among others. IITM also hosted and displayed more than twenty Indian state tourism departments, making it one of the most sought-out events to enhance the visibility of domestic destinations.

India International Travel Mart provides an ideal marketing opportunity and excellent backdrop to enhance the participant's brand-equity in the eyes of the discerning traveler – trade and end consumers alike.

The exhibitor profile includes national tourism organizations and state tourism promotion boards, destination management organizations, airlines, charters, railways, passenger transporters, car rentals, shipping, cruise liners, travel agents and tour operators, holiday packages and holiday financiers, technology providers, hotel reservation networks, hotels and resorts, wildlife resorts, health spas and Ayurvedic centers, timeshare resorts, eco clubs and adventure sports, and educational institutions in the field of hospitality and tourism studies.

VISITOR PROFILE:

* Visitors from the travel-trade industry
* Business travelers and key corporate decision-makers
* Discerning holiday makers

Rohit Hangal Director, India International Travel Mart Handphone: +91-98440-92150 Email: rohit@iitmindia.com

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