Goa Tourism is set to organise the Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) from April 2 to 4, 2014 at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukerjee Stadium at Taleigao in the state, as per a release. This B2B event will showcase the tourism investment potential of Goa. The main aim of GITM 2014 is to serve as a platform for face-to-face networking among travel trade, hoteliers and other stakeholders from Goa with leading travel agents from India and abroad. GITM will also reach out to state tourism boards, district tourism centres, trade associations/national travel organisations, airlines, travel agents and tour operators, hotels and resorts, adventure tour operators, spice plantations, casinos, etc.
Over 125 international buyers from USA, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Malaysia, Argentina; will take part in the GITM 2014. On the domestic front, over 150 buyers have confirmed their participation. GITM is supported by industry associations TTAG, TAAI, TAFI, ADTOI, ATTOI and IATO.
Apart from showcasing the tourism investment opportunities and potential, GITM will also serve as a platform to promote various facets of Goa that reflect the multi-dimensional facets of the state. A special Goa Pavilion will be created to showcase festivals and nightlife, beaches, heritage trails, UNESCO Heritage sites, wild life, Medical Tourism, Monsoon Tourism, MICE, wedding destination, spice farms and adventure offerings. Elements like promotion and conservation of heritage, arts, crafts, endorsement of hinterland tourism, exhibiting the state’s rich culture and heritage will also be incorporated.
Apart from travel industry professionals at GITM, there will be representation from those who organise niche tours, leisure activities, MICE operators, event managers, prominent travel writers and columnists. Those who have registered for the event will receive benefits like pre-scheduled, guaranteed appointments, airfare, accommodation, ground transportation and FAM tours in association with Goa Tourism. Hotel visits for hosted buyers will also be arranged. Travel Agents and tour operators on a non-hosted basis will also be invited to participate.
Further, Goa Tourism has also launched a GITM mobile app, which offers features that will allow visitors to effectively plan their time at the travel event. This app has been developed by Big Blue Road India Pvt. Ltd. [www.bigblueroad.com] and is easily accessible via the Google Play Store. It can be downloaded on Android smart phone by searching ‘Goa International Travel Mart’ on Google Play Store.