India to hold its first global tourism mart from Sept 16

India will hold its first-ever global tourism mart modelled on the ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-B rse Berlin), the world's largest tourism trade fair, the Ministry of Tourism said.

The mart will be held in Delhi from September 16-18, said Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Tourism Ministry.

The ten major tourist organisations like FHRAI, HAI, IATO are involved in this mega event, she said.

"The objective of the event is to create an annual global tourism mart for India in line with major international travel marts being held in countries across the world. Many tour operators who can't attend the tourism mart abroad because of the expenses involved, will be able to meet the industry big wigs right here in the country.

"In fact, we are planning this as an annual event and will release a calendar for the next five years,"said Rashmi.