ITB India 2023: A major success with first face-to-face edition
ITB India celebrated its successful launch with the first instalment of a live on-site event in Mumbai from April 26 to 28.
The annual trade show hosted top international buyers as well as high-profile exhibitors, serving as a framework for business facilitation, with international attendees making more than 5,200 business appointments.
ITB India 2023, the three-day B2B trade show and conference held in the Jio World Convention Centre, Mumbai, built the bridge to the Indian and South Asian travel markets with quality buyers and international exhibitors. This was the first time ITB India was held as a live on-site event, bringing together key travel industry leaders and international exhibitors from various segments of MICE, Leisure, Corporate, and Travel & Technology.
David Ruetz, Senior Vice President of Messe Berlin, commented: “2023 is seeing a strong revitalisation of the global travel market in all segments. We must capitalise on this trend and steer it towards the new, up-and-coming markets. With buyers and exhibitors from diverse verticals and destinations, ITB India spearheads the effort of showcasing the Indian and South Asian travel market to the global audience.”
Strong international presence at ITB India
The exhibition showed a strong presence of national tourism organisations including Atout France India, German National Tourist Office, Saxony Tourism, Tourist Office of Roissy, Tourist Office of Spain, and Visit Sarajevo. International airlines, hotels, travel agencies and tour operators were also highly represented with their products, including AVIS, Collinson Group, Fiji Airways, Mize, IDeaS, Prince Hotels & Resorts, TravelLine, Uzbekistan Airways, and Vietnam Airlines.
The ITB India 2023 Conference offered a holistic knowledge exchange hub for more than 120 thought leaders of the industry. With more than 80 sessions divided into three theme tracks unified under the motto “Connecting you to the Indian travel market”, the conference totalled 35 hours of insight-rich discussions on the topics critical to the future of MICE, corporate travel, leisure travel, and travel technology. Prominent speakers included representatives from Amadeus, BCD Meetings & Events, Cvent, CWT, FCM Travel India, Google, Hotelbeds, Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), ixigo, KAYAK, MakeMyTrip, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), SOTC Travel Limited, Thomas Cook (India) Limited, and many more.
ITB India 2023 was organised in a strategic partnership with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. “We believe in building networks across borders and fostering mutually beneficial partnerships. Such partnerships can and should create a strong backbone for global sustainable economic growth and the development of new markets. ITB India is a powerful motor that drives the growth of the travel industry and helps its actors adopt the best global practices”, stated Sonia Prashar, Deputy Director General of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce.
ITB India 2023’s successful launch emphasised the increasing interest in the Indian and South Asian travel markets from suppliers, buyers, and trade visitors alike. ITB India will be back on from September 11 to 13 2024, at Jio World Convention Centre. Super Early Bird Rates on booth registration for ITB India, MICE Show India, and Travel Tech India end on 15 May 2024. Register your booth today by clicking here.