Bhubaneswar, 16/10/2017 ( Odisha Samachar /Abhisek Mohanty ) : The three-day Odisha Travel Bazaar kicked off at Hotel Mayfair Lagoon here on Sunday.
Inaugurating the event, tourism and culture minister Ashok Chandra Panda said,”After two and half years of tireless effort, we have been able to organise such an event in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).”
“The government is committed to provide safety to the incoming tourists of the state and therefore eight tourism police stations have been set up at different key places along with regular patrolling of tourist sites, he said.
Commenting on the event, tourism secretary Mona Sharma said,” The state has everything to offer a tourist from arts and crafts heritage to eco and tribal tourism. Since tourism has been added as a priority sector, we offer attractive discounts to investors who wants to develop tourism infrastructure.”
Speaking on the occasion, FICCI (Odisha) chairman, tourism panel JK Mohanty said,”Due to lack of direct air connectivity, the state was lagging behind its true tourism potential. Now, the state is ready to take a leap forward since it has international connectivity.
During the three-day event, there will be 2,000 structured and pre-structured business to business (B2B) meetings between buyers and sellers at all booths/table tops of the sellers.