Bhubaneswar: Odisha Tourism made its presence felt at the three-day annual convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) by winning the awards for best booth, presentation and brochures at Vishakhapatnam.
The theme of the 34th IATO convention was “20 million foreign tourists by 2020”.
Odisha Tourism stall at the convention was visited by IATO delegates who praised the efforts of the management in boosting Odisha’s popularity. Odisha Tourism’s campaign ‘Odisha by Morning, Hockey by Evening’ branding was also displayed.
Odisha Tourism is the host partner of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 which is slated to be held from 28th November to 16th December and is constantly giving ‘Sports Tourism’ a great push.
Odisha Tourism Development Corporation’s Managing Director Nitin Jawale was present at the convention. He also showcased a presentation representing the growth of the tourism industry in Odisha.
Nitin Jawale said, “We have recorded a substantial growth in tourist arrivals in Odisha and are bolstering our efforts to improve infrastructure and facilities to keep the momentum going. With our marquee event Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 taking place in November with 16 countries participating we are expecting an increased foreign footfall of around 13,000. Events such as IATO are great to keep a track of how our tourism industry is progressing.”