TTF kicks off at the Chennai Trade Centre
TTF opened today at the Chennai Trade Centre, with the objective of boosting the revival of travel and tourism post-pandemic.
India has finally resumed international flights on March 27th, 20221, to restart normal overseas operations for airlines and airports. This decision just ahead of the summer season augurs well for the travel and tourism industry at large. According to DGCA reports, 60 airlines from 40 countries have been given the permission to operate 1,783 frequencies to/from India during the summer schedule which will be effective from March 27 to October 29. It also reported that a total of 1,466 international departures per week have been approved for six Indian carriers for the summer schedule and they will operate to 43 destinations in 27 countries. A sharp rise in airline bookings leading to pre-Covid levels is anticipated in the coming months 2.
The governmentâ€™s call to resume travel completely also means some relief for those involved in the travel trade - a business that was the worst hit due to Covid. It is also a moment of celebration for the end customers who have been waiting for the restrictions to be eased.
However, with major international destinations opening slowly, complete resumption of international travel may still take some time. As per reports, meanwhile, domestic leisure travel is is making a roaring comeback. TTF Chennai starts at a perfect time when the tourists are looking for their next vacation 3. That is the reason the TTF series has adopted the theme â€˜Restart, Rebuild and Rejuvenate Travel & Tourism Economyâ€™.
Starting today, 100+ participants from 13 Indian states are exhibiting at the Chennai Trade Centre (Nandambakkam) at the Travel & Tourism Fair, TTF from 31 March to 2 April 2022.
TTF Chennai was inaugurated by Dr. M. Mathiventhan, Honourable Minister for Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu. Dr. B. Chandra Mohan, IAS, Principal Secretary of Government Tourism and HRCE Department, Government of Tamil Nadu; Thiru. Sandeep Nanduri, IAS, Director Tourism Government of Tamil Nadu and Managing Director TTDC, and Mr. Mohamed Farouk, Regional Director (Additional Charge), India tourism Chennai, along with travel association heads and top-level delegates, graced the event with their presence.
Tamil Nadu is the Host State for the event and has extended its full support. Odisha, Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat are the Partner States, while Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Puducherry joined the show as Feature States, alongside key private players from DMCs, hospitality sector, aviation and others.
India Tourism too has a key presence at the show, showcasing all their campaigns and programmes like Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Dekho Apna Desh, Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat etc.
The show is reserved for travel trade visitors from today to half day tomorrow, i.e. 1st April, from 11 am to 2 pm. The second half of tomorrow and the whole of the last day, i.e. 2nd April, will be open to all.
The travel trade is expected to revive and restart in large numbers, with new as well as existing partners. Eager travellers have shown up at the show to get the best deals and travel offers from all over India.
TTF is the oldest and biggest network of travel trade shows in the country, covering 9 cities annually. In addition to Chennai, it is organised in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Surat and Pune.
TTF has the active support of travel associations like TAAI, OTOAI, ADTOI, SIGTOA, TAFI, ETAA, IATO, KTS, IATTE, TOA, TOAT, TTAT, TAAC, ISFA, TTAA and TAAK.
Travel and Tour World, Musafir Media Hub, The Voice of Chandigarh, Tourism Mirror, Travel Correspondence, BOTT, Sihra News, Travel Techie, Travel Secrets, TravTour MICE, Travel Turtle and T3FS have also come aboard as media partners for the show.
TTF in Chennai could not have had a better timing, to give the much-required impetus to the travel and tourism industry in India.