Chennai plays host to 127th edition of India International Travel Mart

Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions has concluded the 127th edition of its ‘India International Travel Mart’ in Chennai. The two-day event kicked off on March 31 at ITC Grand Chola, Mount Road, Guindy, Chennai. The event will conclude on April 1

The event was inaugurated by Mr. Shahul Hameed, Chairman, TAAI – South India Chapter, Mr. Seetharam Subramaniam, President, SKAL – Chennai & Mr. Saravanan Palanivelu, Treasurer – Asia SKAL.

With this year’s edition of ‘IITM’ in Chennai, Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions completes twenty-two years of providing the travel industry and discerning buyers from the travel – trade and corporate sector an opportunity and a consistent platform to add value to their businesses.


  • Gujarat and Karnataka were the ‘Partner States’ at ‘India International Travel Mart’ this year.
  • Chattisgarh Tourism is the ‘Focus State’ at the event.
  • Jharkhand and Chandigarh were the ‘Feature States’ at the event.
  • Other states being represented include Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi, Ladakh, Kerala and Karnataka.
  • Diverse Tourism segments on display such as Pilgrimage Travel, Adventure, Cultural pursuits, shopping tours, etc.
  • The event is being supported by ‘Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India’.


‘India International Travel Mart’ will showcase a variety of destinations from different spheres such as pilgrimages, adventures, culture & heritage, beaches, hills and much more. The event had over 70 participants from over 15 Indian states and representation from Italy. The participants include Travel Agents & Tour Operators, DMC, Hotels & Resorts, National Tourist Organizations, state tourism boards, hotel guest amenities etc. 

The two-day event showcased glimpses from the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The time for IITM Chennai perfect for the upcoming summer holiday season in India, long weekends as well as round-the-year travel, vacations and business plans.

Boost for Domestic Tourism: The event showcased travel and hospitality products from every part of the country, making it one of the biggest congregations of travel-trade in the country. The event provides unmatched networking opportunities to interact with Travel-Trade and Corporate Buyers alike.

Mr Rohit Hangal, Director, Sphere Travelmedia added: ‘domestic travel as the backbone’ of India’s tourism portfolio and with an estimated 561 million domestic tourist visits. This segment is probably only second to China in terms of sheer size. With the rapid economic development taking place in the country and availability of greater disposable income combined with affordable holiday packages, tourism in India is increasing steadily and acts as a catalyst for the furthering the economic growth in view of its wide-ranging linkage effects and multiple impacts. The participants from the states of Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, and many more destinations will be seen aggressively marketing their products will be there with their travel and tourism stakeholders.”

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