Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar

Asia-Pacific’s largest travel show OTM all set for a record edition in 2018


Mumbai, 18 January, 2018: Close to 1,200 sellers are confirmed as exhibitors at OTM 2018, to be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from January 18-20.

Over 45 National Tourist Organisations (NTOs) and more than 21 Indian State Tourism Boards (STBs) will be setting up country and state pavilions at OTM 2018.

The largest travel show in the Asia Pacific is on target to witness 300 hosted buyers and 15,000 trade visitors.

Turkey, Greece and Thailand are three largest Partner Country pavilions, returning to OTM.

Turkey is the Premier Partner Country at OTM 2018.

Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir are the largest Partner State pavilions this year.

Host state Maharashtra is also putting up a large pavilion to showcase its destinations.

The leading tour operator Cox & Kings has signed up with for the next three years as the Knowledge Partner, starting OTM 2018.


OTM has partnered with TravHQ, to organise Travel Technology Track, with sessions on innovative travel tech solutions, panel discussions with industry thought-leaders and digital skill development workshops.

Phocuswright, the global travel market research company, will be also conducting a session at OTM 2018.

What makes OTM unique?

OTM Mumbai has emerged as the largest travel trade show in the Asia-Pacific region. On the two parameters – the number of participants and gross exhibition area rented by the organisers, OTM has gained an edge over ITB Asia and SATTE; the other two leading shows in the Asia Pacific region.

OTM 2017 also had participants from a larger number of countries (45) when compared to SATTE 2017 (40), as per publicly available information that can be verified.

According to a visitor survey, approximately 76% of the trade visitors at OTM 2017 did not visit any other show in India. It shows OTM is visited by unique buyers from Western India and Mumbai, not accessible through any other show.

Approximately a quarter of OTM’s buyers are from outside Mumbai, out of which half are from Delhi. This data highlights that OTM is also effective in providing access to trade buyers and visitors from all over India.

Mumbai serves as a gateway city to the largest chunk of India’s outbound market. It is also the largest source market in India of business, luxury, MICE and domestic travel in India. This is a great factor behind OTM’s success and emergence as the largest travel trade show in the Asia-Pacific region.

India is ranked among one of the fastest emerging travel destinations in the world as Indians continue to take more than a billion domestic and 20 million international visits annually.

The advent of online technologies has enabled the travel sector to further utilise its potential. Keeping in mind the business prospects, an easy-to-use online meeting diary to fix appointment between buyers and sellers has been scheduled this year.

Exhibitors at OTM

All in all, OTM 2018 will be showcasing the National Tourist Organisations (NTOs) of India, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Fiji, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Macau, Maldives, Nepal, New Zealand, Palestine, Romania, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey.

To tap into the booming travel market of India, country representatives from Bulgaria, Canada, Dubai, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan and Vietnam will also be making it to the Asia Pacific’s largest travel show.

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is also expected to have a strong presence at the show. Major Indian destinations, too, are not far behind their international counterparts. The Indian State Tourism Boards of Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Manipur, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Chandigarh, Punjab, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram will be ensuring their representation with a large number of sellers to showcase India at its best.

Buyer’s Turnout

More than 300 corporate buyers from renowned companies have scheduled meetings. They will be visiting the show from all over India to meet the pool of exhibitors showcasing their products and services at OTM 2018.

Major companies include, DDB Mudra, Corporate Flyers, Alembic Pharmaceuticals, Gammon Infrastructure Projects, Aircel, WOV Travel Company, Crowley Accord Marine Management, Expedition 2 India, The Travel Planners, Seven Vows – A Planned Chaos, Intellect Life Sciences, Eventzinspired, Prime Connections, Wander Globe, Sterling Hospitals, Magma Fincorp, Scotch and Water Innovations, Gionee and many others.


I am happy to know that Fairfest Media is organising OTM, which has emerged as the leading travel trade show in the Asia Pacific region, with a large number of national and international stakeholders from the global tourism industry participating. I understand that organisers have a proven track record of pioneering and curating international tourism marts all across the country for the last 28 years. I look forward to being a part of the event and wish the upcoming edition of OTM all the very best!

KJ Alphons, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, Government of India

I am sure that the national and international tourism destinations and travel products will find OTM a useful platform for marketing to and transacting business with the fast growing Indian travel industry. OTM will also be a useful platform to exchange ideas and opportunities for cooperation between the various tourism stakeholders, for promoting domestic and inbound tourism. I am given to understand that exhibitors and trade visitors at the mart will be able to set up pre-fixed appointments to maximise the business opportunities. Sessions on film tourism, destination weddings, travel blogging, MICE etc planned on the sidelines will also provide additional educational and networking opportunities.

Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

It is praiseworthy that Fairfest Media Ltd is organising this show since last 30 years with a view to providing a platform for the stakeholders of the travel and tourism industry to meet network and explore opportunities for tourism exchanges between countries, states and regions. I hope that this travel show will help in promoting tourism and popularising tourist destinations in the country including Maharashtra. I extend my best wishes to organisers and all participants and wish OTM a grand success.

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra

I understand that with over 1,100 exhibitors from 45 countries and 21 Indian states, OTM 2018 will be India’s biggest-ever travel trade show. Maharashtra Tourism is happy to lend its full support as the Host State. Our big participation at OTM over the years underlines the importance of which our Government attaches to tourism as an economic driver. I wish all the exhibitors and visitors at OTM good business and a comfortable and enjoyable stay in Mumbai and Maharashtra.

Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra

About Fairfest Media Ltd

OTM is organised by Fairfest Media Ltd, also the organisers of TTF and BLTM branded travel shows. It is India’s oldest and the largest travel trade show network for over 25 years, spanning 9 cities. Fairfest Media is also the Publisher of the most widely distributed print and web editions of the B2B journal – Travel News Digest (TND). It also organises Municipalika, one of its kind annual event focused on urban solutions.

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13th Hospitality India & Explore the World Annual International Travel Awards 2017

Jaidev and Gopika kalra performance


New Delhi: DLK Publication Pvt. Ltd. organised the ‘13th Hospitality India & Explore the World Annual International Travel Awards 2017’ on27th October 2017 at ‘The Ashok Hotel’, Convention Hall New Delhi as its host hotel, to honour the stellar achievers of Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry. The award was in association with Cox & King Ltd and Delhi Tourism, Madhya Pradesh Tourism, Kerala Tourism and Maharashtra Tourism as its Principal Partner State and Punjab Tourism as the Cultural Partner.

At this occasion the chief guest of the evening Shri Alphons Kannanthanam, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) Ministry of Tourism, on the occasion he quoted “It’s been my pleasure to be associated with Hospitality India, where the industry get acknowledged for their contribution to tourism industry of India. I believe together we all can take the sector to another level. Our country’s heritage is Incredible and contributes 70% of the tourism of India. Tourists who came here feel wonderful and consider India as ‘Incredible India’ and we are proud of our nation”.

13th Hospitality India and Explore the World Annual International Travel Awards 2017 recognised itself as a platform to honour the stars and the captains of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry Sector. The awards not only acknowledged the Hospitality sector but also the deserving leaders from sectors like Education, Real Estate, Hospital, Hotels & Restaurants, Airlines, etc. Every year Hospitality India takes the initiative to mine out the hardworking nominees and acknowledge that the recipients of the awards are best-in-class.

The awards program also included cultural programs, dance performances and ramp walk by experienced models of the industry.

Mr. Suneet Kalra, Managing Director, Hospitality India & Explore the World, said, “I am quiet ecstatic with the continuous success of our annual national and international awards which aims to recognize the achievements and growth of hospitality and tourism sector. We intend to captivate the attention towards Indian tourism sector and aim to put it on global platform. This concept of an elaborate award ceremony was founded by my late father
Shri DL Kalra to redefine hospitality sector and take it to new heights. I am just taking my father’s dream forward and hope to make his dream bigger and bigger with each passing year.”

Ms. Rajni Kalra, Executive Editor, Hospitality India & Explore the World, said, “Our awards event has always aimed to recognize everyone who has contributed to the travel and tourism sector. Our group has never discriminated between a small travel agency and a big hotel. We have always appreciated those who have contributed to the hospitality and travel sector – be it on a small or large scale.”


Award for “Legend – Hotels and Luxury Hospitality” Mr. Rajiv Kaul, president The Leela Palaces Hotels & Resorts Sahar, Mumbai,

Award for “Best Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Organization” Mrs. Ravneet Kaur – IAS Chairperson & Managing Director – ITDC

Award for “Most Preferred Business Hotel-Mumbai” Mr. Punish B Sharma, Area General Manager Meluha The Fern & Rodas Hotel Powai Mumbai,

Award for “Best Naturopathy Ayurvedic Hospital” Mr. Subhash Jagga, President Swami Parmanand Prakritik Chikitsalaya Yoga Avam Anusandhan Kendra (SPPC) New Delhi

Award for  “Best Luxury Wedding & Mice hotel” Mr Hemant Mehta, General Manager Radisson Blu Kaushambi Delhi – NCR

Award for “Best inbound tour operator for USA” Mr. Akarsh Kolaprath, Founder  7M Tours – USA

Award for “BEST DMC – THAILAND (Indian Market)” Mr. Vineeth Andrew, Director Magi Holidays – Thailand

Award for “Innovation in Travel Technology” Mr. Neelkanth Pararath Managing Director,

Award for “Best Luxury Hotel” Dr. Ramesh Kapur Chairman & Managing Director Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport.



Hospitality India, a widely circulated magazine reaches to the elite segment of upmarket consumers all over the country. Hospitality India, Explore the World and India: Yesterday, Today and tomorrow. The first two publications widely cover national and international tourism, aviation, travel agents, tours operators etc. and are also appreciated by Tourism and Travel Trade Hospitality Industry. Our third publication India: Yesterday Today and Tomorrow is a Socio Economic, Political & Business Publication. With its 21 years in this challenging industry, Hospitality India tries to bring the best of the best in the publication.

Many five-star International Group of hotels such as Atlantis the Palm, Dubai had been our partner hotel in 2009; Frasers Suites Worldwide Singapore was our international partner hotel in 2010. The Montcalm- The Shaftesbury Hotels London, Taj Group of Hotels, Oberoi Group of Hotels, Marriott International Preferred Group of Hotels, Leela Group of Hotels, IHG Group of Hotels, Hotel Le Meridien, Imperial Hotels, Westin Hotels, ITC Welcom Hotels, Carlsons Rezidor Group of Hotels, Radisson Hotel Delhi Airport, Hotel Holiday Inn – Al Barsha, Melia Dubai Hotel, Ashok Group of Hotels, ITDC, have been featuring regularly and are amongst our regular clients.

The Westin Gurgaon New Delhi: An Overview

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The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi, brings a fresh, new lifestyle experience to the city. Strategically located in the heart of millennium city – MG Road, Gurgaon, the hotel provides a renewed perspective to the city; both for business and leisure offering endless possibilities to restore the body and expend the mind.



If travel gives you a high but you are not the camping kind; and you crave for an experience that is extravagant with a “want it all attitude”, you have to head towards Radisson Blu Hotel, Pashchim Vihar, a state of the art 5 star property in West Delhi.

Radisson Blu Hotel Faridabad

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The City’s First International Upper Upscale Hotel Opens

Radisson Blu Faridabad, the city’s first upper-upscale hotel, opens in the north Indian state of Haryana, one of India’s largest business and industrial hubsin the National Capital Region(NCR).

Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka

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Opened in late 2011, Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka’s trend-setting interiors capture the energy and style of each individual location. Designed to cater to the colors of the season, it is a full- service, upscale destination for business and leisure travelers.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

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The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is owned by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. The ultra-luxury hotel group owns and manages eight award-winning properties in prime urban locations and magical holiday destinations across India including Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Udaipur and Kovalam.

Meluha-The Fern

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Meluha-The Fern, 5 Star eco-friendly hotel, located at the Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai. The hotel offers 141 well appointed guest rooms and suites, multiple restaurants, a bar, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a full service spa and a fitness centre.