The Ministry of Tourism in India took the spotlight as it inaugurated the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart 2023 in the vibrant city of New Delhi. This prestigious event, now in its 46th edition, is being held at the impressive International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, from October 4th to 6th, 2023. It marks the return of the Travel Mart after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Acknowledged by Chairman PATA, Peter Semone
Chairman PATA, Peter Semone, expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Tourism for hosting this significant event. He highlighted the PATA Travel Mart’s role in showcasing unique destinations and fostering networking, learning, and socializing among global delegates. He also commended the potential of the “Travel for Life” initiative, emphasizing its global applicability.
PATA’s Catalytic Role, as Spoken by Secretary of Tourism, Ms. V. Vidyavati
Ms. V. Vidyavati, Secretary of Tourism, emphasized the catalytic role that PATA Travel Mart plays in the Asia Pacific region’s tourism landscape. She stressed the unifying power of tourism and the importance of mutual learning among PATA members. Additionally, she highlighted the alignment of “Travel for Life” with the LiFE Mission, which focuses on sustainable development for all tourist destinations.
‘Travel for LiFE’: India’s Commitment to Sustainable Tourism
The Ministry of Tourism introduced the ‘Travel for LiFE’ initiative on World Tourism Day 2023. This initiative falls under the broader Mission LiFE, demonstrating India’s commitment to fostering sustainable tourism. ‘Travel for LiFE’ actively promotes sustainable economic growth, responsible consumption and production practices, and contributes to various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Exciting Activities at PATA Travel Mart 2023
This year’s event features a wide range of activities, including the prestigious PATA Gold Award, the PATA Youth Symposium, and the PATA Forum on Sustainability. It also serves as a crucial platform for business-to-business (B2B) interactions.
India’s Significant Presence at PATA Travel Mart
India’s participation at the PATA Travel Mart is substantial and immersive. A dedicated pavilion showcases India’s diverse destinations, including both well-known and lesser-known gems. State governments such as Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Madhya Pradesh, along with ministries like the Handlooms Development Commissioner, are actively participating. While focusing on B2B connections, the Mart introduces the global audience to various thematic products and offerings from different states, including wellness, adventure, heritage, culinary experiences, and art and craft.
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a renowned not-for-profit association headquartered in Bangkok. It is dedicated to promoting responsible travel and tourism development in the Asia Pacific region. The PATA Travel Mart is a cornerstone of international trade exhibitions in the tourism sector, facilitating trade interactions between global buyers and sellers, primarily from the Asia Pacific region. The event brings together exhibitors and attendees from diverse sectors, offering unparalleled networking, learning, and collaboration opportunities on a global scale, with a strong focus on the dynamic Asia Pacific region.