India’s capital, New Delhi, has proudly flung open its doors to over 1,000 global delegates for the epoch-making PATA Travel Mart 2023 (PTM 2023). Under the gracious patronage of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, this event has become a global magnet, attracting stakeholders from an astounding 46 international destinations.
This lauded travel assembly parades 159 sellers from a diverse spectrum of 92 institutions spanning 15 global hotspots. Matching their enthusiasm, 196 buyers, representing 191 entities from 38 potent source markets, have gathered, signalling the event’s unrivalled prominence.
Furthermore, in an encouraging move, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has rolled out the red carpet for over 350 zealous students and emerging tourism professionals. These young minds, representing ten prestigious global universities, have been invited to the visionary PATA Youth Symposium slated for today, October 5th. This initiative is the fruitful result of a collective endeavour between the Ministry of Tourism, the Government of India, the revered Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, and the prestigious Amity University Noida.
PATA Chair Peter Semone articulated the organization’s excitement, noting, “Our collaboration with India’s Ministry of Tourism, a treasured ally for over six decades, is a testament to our mutual commitment. Post a three-year gap, PTM’s in-person return promises an unparalleled convergence, weaving threads of connections globally.”
The ceremonial inauguration of PTM 2023 unfurled on October 4th at New Delhi’s iconic Ashok Hotel, with the distinguished presence of Sh. G Kishen Reddy, India’s Minister of Tourism.
The spotlight on global sustainability trends took centre stage earlier, showcasing pioneering shifts in responsible tourism practices. This forum highlighted sustainability’s transformative potential, casting it as the linchpin for catalyzing growth, kindling innovation, and securing a prosperous future.
A constellation of global luminaries illuminated the forum, including notable figures like Aashish Gupta, Consulting CEO, FAITH, and Rupesh Kumar, Coordinator, Responsible Tourism Mission Kerala, amongst a galaxy of others. Their discussions ranged from leveraging the boon of responsible tourism in preserving cultural heritage sites to examining aviation trends in India.
The coming days promise an enriching experience for delegates as they embark on a journey of one-on-one networking and exploring an expanse of potential business collaborations.
Written by: Supaporn Pholrach (Joom)