Second edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar kick-starts
Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the three-day Odisha Travel Bazaar on October 5. Organized by the state tourism department, in association with the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the event will conclude on October 7, 2018.
Around 60 foreign tour operators from 23 different countries and several domestic tour operators from across the country, is taking part in the event. This edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar is expected to take Odisha Tourism to international level.
“Odisha is all set to host the Hockey World Cup in this November-December with 16 participating teams. This will certainly have a cascading effect on our tourism,” said the CM, inaugurating the travel event.
“Tourist arrival to the state is growing at a rate of about 9 per cent per annum, which is more than the global tourist arrival growth rate of 4 per cent. This increasing trend of tourist arrival is a positive sign for the state,” he said.
“The strength of Odisha lies in its cultural heritage. New tourism products like ethnic tourism, Buddhist tourism and eco-tourism have gained momentum and attract a lot of tourists to the state,” said the minister.