MATATO to participate in India’s International Travel & Tourism Exhibition, IITT 2015

Tourists – Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators, MATATO will be participating in India’s International Travel & Tourism Exhibition, IITT 2015, one of the largest travel trade platforms in India. This exhibition, organized by ITE, will take place at India’s central business market, Mumbai, from 15th to 17th January 2014. ITE is one of the world’s leading organizers of international trade exhibitions and conferences, who specialize in organizing events in growing and developing markets. Five parties, including travel agents and resorts will be co exhibiting with MATATO in this exhibition.

Leading global travel destinations will be represented in this exhibition through more than 250 international exhibitors that represent travel organizations, operators, and agents. To assist networking opportunities among the exhibitors, there will be 2000+ pre-fixed meetings and
appointments for the buyers, who will also benefit from scheduled panel discussions and presence of more than 90 international travel delegates.

India is home to one of the most growing and potential travel markets in world, with projection of 20 million outbound travelers by 2015. For the travel sector of Maldives, India remains as the second largest market from Asia Pacific region, which saw an increase of 19.8% at the end of the period from January to September 2014, with a total of 31,782 tourists (Visitor Survey- Ministry of Tourism). However these figures are relatively small compared to potential in the Indian outbound travel market, especially when considering the proximity of the destination to India. We believe MATATO’s presence in IITT 2015, will provide the destination with exposure in Indian travel market, along with paving the way for more networking between the travel traders from two countries.

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