In order to promote Odisha to both domestic and foreign tourist, the Department of
Tourism, Govt. of Odisha and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to jointly
host 4th Odisha Travel Bazar (OTB) 2022 from October 28-30, 2022 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Hon’ble
Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate the event on 2022 October 28.
The event will focus on B2B meeting between Tourism Fraternity of Odisha (Sellers) with Domestic Tour
Operators (DTOs) and Foreign Tour Operators (FTOs) followed by various FAM tours to the destinations
of the state like Bhubaneswar, Konark, Puri, Chilika, Dhauli, Bhitarkanika and Lalitgiri. B2G meeting with
investors and Airlines also planned. Sellers will get chance to exhibit their product over the 3-days
exhibition to be organised on the venue.
About 25 Foreign Tour Operators from countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore,
Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam confirmed their participation for 4th edition of Odisha Travel Bazar.
Similarly, 83 buyers from cities like Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chandrapur, Chennai,
Dehradun, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mangalgiri, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik,
New Delhi and NCR, Panjim, Pune, Raipur, Rohtak, Siliguri, Surendra Nagar, Trivendrum, Varanasi and
Visakhapatnam will also participate in the event.
In this regards a press conference was organised on 2022 October at Hotel Mayfair Lagoon,
Bhubaneswar where chief guest Shri Ashwini Kumar Patra, Hon’ble Minister of Odia Language,
Literature & Culture, Excise and Tourism, Govt. of Odisha said that, “Odisha is abundance of natural
resources. Our state is gaining recognition as a Cultural and spiritual tourism hub in recent years. With
482 KMs long coastline, 19 wildlife sanctuaries and our rich culture and heritage, Odisha has full of
potential to attract tourist from across the globe. We are going to organize 3-day Odisha Travel Bazar,
where we will showcase the tourism potential of the state to domestic and foreign tour operators.”
Shri Surendra Kumar, Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha said talks about the
uniqueness of Odisha, how Caravan are prevalent in Kerala, Maharastra like states and in European
countries and how they are cheaper as compared to staying in hotel rooms. He also emphasizes on
importance of infrastructure development for promotion of tourism. He said that, “The main objective
of organizing Odisha Travel Bazar is to provide a platform to local seller and tour operators. We also
have plan to organizing B2B and G2B meeting.”
Shri Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav, Director, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha said that, “We are
organizing fourth edition of Odisha Travel Bazar after Covid gap. This is the flagship initiative of Odisha
Tourism which is essentially a business facilitate initiative. The objective of this event is to aggressively
promote the tourist destination of Odisha to domestic buyer of India as well as international market.”
Shri J K Mohanty, Co-Chairman, FICCI Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Committee and CMD, Swosti
Hotels said that, “Odisha Tourism department doing excellent job for promotion of tourist destination of
Odisha. For this year, our main focus is on domestic tour operators because 80 percent of our inbound
tourists are from within the country. This time FICCI has also giving more focus on South East Asian
countries because of many similarities between our food and culture with them.
On this occasion, Shri Ansuman Rath, OSD, Department of Tourism, Govt. of Odisha also present.
Objectives of Odisha Travel Bazar 2022 is to create a platform to aggressively promote the tourist
destinations of Odisha to domestic buyers from India. Consequently, the strategic focus would be to
improve domestic tourism.