The Tourism Roadshow organised in association with FICCI, the event witnessed more than 130 Tour and Travel Operators from Thailand networking with Tourism Industry stakeholders of Odisha.
Post the interactive B2B and B2G sessions between the stakeholders of both countries, Director Tourism Shri Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav delivered a presentation on Odisha Tourism’s initiatives combining Odisha’s rich history, culture and natural heritage with sustainable tourism products that have been attracting tourists from across the globe. Highlighting Odisha’s ancient maritime connection with Thailand (formerly Siam), he touched upon various tourism products Odisha has on offer to attract Thai tourists. Promoting direct flight connectivity between Bangkok and Bhubaneswar, he said, “I welcome the tourism industry stakeholders in Thailand to explore Odisha, and our stakeholders from Odisha to explore the best of Thailand. I am sure your experience will turn you into brand ambassadors of the respective countries and aid in boosting the role tourism plays in supporting the economy in both destinations.”
Ambassador of India to Thailand His Excellency Mr. Nagesh Singh delivered the keynote address by lauding the strategic steps taken by the Govt. of Odisha in promoting tourism. “This networking event will open more avenues for bilateral trade relations between the two regions. The many offerings of Odisha Tourism will surely attract people here in Thailand to visit India’s best-kept secret with the newly launched direct flights ensuring minimal travel time”, he said.
Vice President,Tourism Council of Thailand, Mrs. Somsong Sachaphimukh and Customer Service Supervisor Indigo Airlines Ms. Prapaporn Junmuenwai addressed the gathering which set the tone for a panel discussion among industry leaders from India and Thailand. First Secretary (Economic & Commerce), Indian Embassy in Thailand Mr. Dharmendra Singh led the special panel discussion on the theme ‘Tourism Potential in Odisha’ which boasted of panellists from various domains representing MICE, Luxury Cruises and Houseboats, Heritage Palaces and Hospitality and Destination Management Companies.
Director Belgadia Palace Mrinalika Bhanj Deo, Managing Director Vikash Eco Resorts Srinivas Valluri, CMD Swosti Group J.K. Mohanty, Secretary Odisha Tour Operators Association Yugabrata Kar, President Mayfair Hotels and Resorts Manoj Gouda and Head PMU Odisha Tourism Lokesh Kumar were the other members in the panel. OSD Tourism Ansuman Rath delivered the Vote of Thanks.