Large India expo unique opportunity to promote T&T
More than 550 exhibitors from 33 countries came together earlier this month for what’s billed as “South Asia’s leading B2B [business-to-business] travel and tourism trade exhibition”.
The SATTE tourism expo was held at the Pragati Maidan conference and exhibition centre in New Delhi from February 10-12. It was the 19th time the expo was held and the second time Trinidad and Tobago participated.
As a growing economic power, India is not only in a better position to seek out opportunities for itself in tourism, its increasing population opens up a new market for other tourist destinations.
SATTE 2012 saw first-time participation from a large number of new destinations, including Argentina, Israel, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Monaco and Macau. Previously a one-day event, it has now been extended to three days.
According to organizers, the exposition “acts as a networking platform for travel trade and tourism policymakers to discuss initiatives on tourism development.”
Besides booths where country representatives promoted their destinations, the expo had “a strong conference programme”, where tourism development and opportunities were discussed.
Trinidad and Tobago representatives on the first day met with 85 people within the tourism industry and hosted Trinidad & Tobago’s High Commissioner to India Chandradath Singh and his wife.
In the Trinidad & Tobago booth, Singh gave interviews to a travel trade publication and a daily newspaper, greeted visitors and met with hoteliers and the Ambassador from Oman.
Arrangements have been made to follow up on opportunities uncovered by the expo.
SATTE 2013 will take place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from January 16-18, 2013.