Three-day TTF kicks off in Ahmedabad
The 3-day Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) has kick started on September 7, 2018 at the Exhibition Halls at Gujarat University. “India is a rare country where there is 28 per cent tax in tourism sector. This hurts India’s competitiveness as an attractive tourist destination. Countries like the USA, Singapore, Thailand – have tax in single digits. Very few have in double digits. But no where the tax is as high as 28 per cent. Tourists will prefer destination like Vietnam, Thailand and Sri Lanka. There is also a provision of refund of GST on goods purchased, which is not the case in India,” said Sanjiv Agarwal, charmain of Fairfest Media Ltd, which organized TTF.
665 exhibitors from 27 Indian states/UTs and from 23 countries are participating in TTF Ahmedabad. Nepal and Sri Lanka are Partner Countries whereas Bahrain and Korea are presented as the Feature Countries. Other countries being represented at TTF Ahmedabad include Azerbaijan, Bhutan, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan are participating with a large number of hotels and agents from their regions, as the Partner States of TTF. Other states like West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Andaman & Nicobar and Meghalaya are also participating in the event.
The first two days of the show are reserved for the travel trade and the last day for general visitors. More than 2,500 trade buyers have already pre-registered and overall 10,000 travel trade members and 5,000 general visitors are expected to attend TTF Ahmedabad.
Cox and Kings, the Knowledge Partner of TTF, has organised a workshop at the event wherein they presented destinations – Finland, the Baltic States and Indonesia, on the first day of the travel fair.
In view of huge demand, TTF SUMMER has been launched in Ahmedabad (February 1-3, 2019) to help exhibitors tap into the huge summer travel markets.