London, Nov 8: The Ministry of
Tourism, Government of India, is participating in the ongoing World Travel
Market (WTM) 2022 being held from 7th to 9th November in London, which is one
of the largest international travel exhibitions.
The theme of this year`s exhibition
is ‘The Future of Travel Starts Now’. India’s participation at WTM is
significant to step up t recovery of
inbound tourism to pre-pandemic level and to showcase itself as a preferred
destination for global tourism.
Secretary, Ministry of Tourism,
Arvind Singh said the priorities and objective of the Ministry are to showcase
the diverse tourism products and services including Medical Value Travel and
wellness, luxury trains and the gamut of tourism products to the international
A total of 16 stakeholders, including
State Governments, other Central Ministries, the Confederation of Indian
Industry (CII) as the industry partner, DMCs, tour operators, hoteliers, travel
agents, online travel agents, facilitators of medical value travel are
participating as co-exhibitors in the India Pavilion.
The highlight of the first day was
the India Evening at Copper Chimney, West Field Mall. The invitees were members
of Travel-Trade from India and the UK, besides the Indian diaspora. The event
on November 7 saw the participation of several Tourism Ministers and
Secretaries of various State Governments. The India Evening provided a platform
for interaction and discussion to promote India as a multi-product and
During 2019, the contribution of
travel & tourism to India`s GDP was 5.19% of the total economy. In 2019,
the Indian tourism sector accounted for 79.86 million jobs (direct and indirect
As India is poised for massive growth
in the tourism sector, the event also offers an opportunity for the Indian
delegation to showcase the investment opportunities and potential that the
country extends to global investors.
India is also gearing up for the G20
Presidency, which is scheduled to start on December 1, 2022. Under its Presidency,
the country is expected to host over 200 meetings across 55 cities in the
country. The G-20 Presidency will give India’s tourism sector an unparalleled
opportunity to highlight India’s tourism offerings and share India’s tourism
success stories on the global stage.
The Ministry of Tourism is aiming to
develop the tourism sector especially in the aftermath of COVID Pandemic to new
heights and accelerating the transition to achieve sustainable development
targets of 2030.