We continue with our spirit of Innovation: we are the founders of India’s first B2B event which we ran for 18 years. We have re-launched ourselves in this business, with the first edition of BITB last October; it’s a show which is different, makes you DO MORE! and we believe more in tune with today’s changing travel market conditions. One of the features of BITB is strong industry presence at senior leadership levels, new verticals that are driving the business, sharp focus on tourism, and networking events. BITB Conclaves are held every quarter and keep the industry connect. Our forthcoming conclave is focussed entirely on Indian Outbound. This will explore the recent trends in the marketplace, involving diverse businesses such as those of NTOs, governments, airlines, DMCs and product and service providers. Together, we will being the big picture evolving in Indian Outbound.
We have a full day program, starting from 3 pm till 7 pm, on Friday 9th June, 2017. There are keynote speaker slots and panel discussions. Most of our concerns are shared in the enclosed attachment.
The panels will attract ambassadors and senior representatives of foreign governments based in Delhi; foreign airlines and possibly their senior counterparts from back home; leading city planners and promoters from across the globe; NTOs in India sharing trends in the marketplace; and leading outbound products that are gaining traction from across markets in India. We expect some 20 countries to be represented in some form or the other, and another 10 overseas leading tourism products.
The first stand alone edition of BITB Conclaves was held last March, when India Tourism Summit brought together over 40 senior leaders, 5 keynote speakers on diverse subjects. This summit was endorsed by Niti Aayog, DIPP, and the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Andhra Pradesh Tourism was the principal partner state and Air India was the connectivity partner.
How is the Indian outbound trending, where is the business coming from, what are your challenges and how are the players, both emerging and established, meeting them? What sort of growth is there, and what is the future expectation in this business?