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India plans international travel trade show


Published on Sep 8, 2011

India will launch a major new international travel trade show in 2012, the country’s Minister of Tourism, Subodh Kant Sahai said today. Addressing media at the PATA Travel Mart in New Delhi, the minister revealed that the Global Travel Mart India would be held in either Delhi or Hyderabad next year, although exact dates were yet to be decided.

“We need to work it out with the international calendar, so as not to clash with other events,” the minister said. He added that the B2B show would be organised by the Ministry of Tourism, rather than being outsourced to a private company.

The minister was attending the PATA Travel Mart just a day after a bomb attack on Delhi’s High Court killed 11 people and injured scores of others. Echoing the sentiments of many delegates at Pragati Maidan, Mr Kant Sahai said that business would not be affected be the incident, which is now believed to have been perpetrated by a terrorist group.

“The bombers’ aim is to disturb our growth, but they won’t succeed. Work goes on as normal,” the minister said defiantly.

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