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Sunday, 28 August, 2016, 11 : 00 AM [IST]

BLTM 2016 garners support from travel trade associations

The Business and Luxury Travel Mart (BLTM) is receiving strong support from a range of trade bodies like Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) India, Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), India Association Network (IAN), Indian Golf Travel Association, (IGTA) and Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI). These bodies have confirmed their support, and will be curating education and networking sessions during the two-day event. Being organised at the Hyatt Regency Gurgaon from October 24 to 25, 2016, BLTM will feature sellers from global business, MICE and luxury travel suppliers, who will interact with hosted buyers from all over India, in addition to buyers from Delhi National Capital Region. Also, attending will be incentive and meeting travel planners, event management companies, wedding planners, association managers, film line producers etc.

“We are committed to creating BLTM as India’s premier show focused on Business, MICE and Luxury Travel segments,” said Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman, Fairfest Media Ltd., event organizer. “Hundreds of genuine hosted buyers will be flown in from all parts of India and neighbouring countries. Additionally, the venue Gurgaon NCR will provide a rich hinterland of high-value corporate buyers in thousands, who will be also accorded the same status as hosted buyers,” he added.

The Host State-Haryana Tourism will be supporting and participating in BLTM to promote itself as an emerging MICE destination. The support and participation of other travel industry associations like Global Business Travel Industry Association (GBTA), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), is being finalised. Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA) is also keen to come onboard as a key stakeholder for the MICE industry.
Around 500 top corporate buyers from across India are being offered fully hosted buyer status. In addition, the sellers also have a quota of nominating buyers.

Among those who have confirmed their participation as Sellers at the BLTM include Accor Hotels, Chancery Hotel Bangalore, Clarks Group of Hotels/ 1589 Hotels, Club Mahindra, Hotel Fairmont– Jaipur, Lemon Tree Hotels/Redfox Hotel, Ottila, Pride Group of Hotels, Shanti Maurice, The Ambassador Hotel Group, The Lodhi Hotel, The Paul Bangalore/Kumarakom Lake Resort, The Royal Orchid, The Tamara– Coorg, Travel Motivations, Variety Cruises. International destinations like Korea, Nepal, Malaysia and Zimbabwe have confirmed participation. Among the ones who have shown keenness to participate in BLTM along with the private sector are Goa, Rajasthan, with confirmations also expected from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.

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