Being invited to OTM 2018, Asia’s largest travel show, was a surprising moment of recognition. OTM 2018, opened its doors to thousands of travel partners between January 18th and 20th, in Mumbai. Not only, does this largest international gathering allow you to interact with tourism boards, but also, connect with like-minded travelers.
On January 19th, I reached the venue at 9.30 AM and headed straight to Grande Hall, after obtaining my badge from the information desk. At 10 AM the blogger’s speed networking session began and one after another, potential collaborators came and met me. I must have spoken to 10 or more luxury and travel partners in a matter of 60-minutes. This being my first time at OTM, I think I pretty much rejoiced the experience I gained.
So, what makes OTM special amongst other trade shows?
For appetizers, 50 International Tourism Boards, 21 Indian State Tourism Boards, 1,200+ sellers, 45 National Tourist Organisations, 300+ hosted buyers and over 15K trade visitors took part in OTM this year. I had the pleasure to meet organizers from Greece, Turkey, Thailand, Russia, Indonesia, Egypt, South Africa and many other countries.
In Indian states, the representatives of Maharashtra, HP, Nepal, Bhutan, Gujarat, MP, Karnataka, and J&K were seen interacting with bloggers.
Interestingly, OTM has roped in Cox & Kings, as their knowledge partner for the next 3 years. While, TravHQ will devise their Technology Track with innovative sessions, panel discussions, and skill development workshops.
It’s a recorded fact that OTM gets more participants, as compared to SATTE, or any other travel show in India. Almost, 80% of the trade visitors prefer OTM, over other shows. Mumbai being the largest market for luxury and domestic travel in India, greatly contributes, towards making OTM a success.
An example of that was the presence of Indian NTOs, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Maldives, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Singapore, Tanzania, Thailand, and Turkey tourism boards.
Above all, OTM 2018, a gateway to India’s largest travel market, also gave me an opportunity to meet a few esteemed travel and corporate bloggers. In particular, I found Sujata Tawde, Laxmi Sharath, Sakshi, and Ajay Sood the nicest to interact with. (The kind of people who inspire you to excel)
After attending Bloggers Speed Networking session, I paid a visit to the vibrant artistic stalls put up by the diverse tourism boards. Indeed, a great initiative by FairFest Media and a big thanks for having me over.