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The first Jharkhand Travel Mart concluded with over 3000 Business Appointments generated from a travel-trade delegation of 125 buyers from across India.

The event was inaugurated by Honourable Minister Amar Kumar Bauri for Revenue & Land Reforms, Art, Culture, Tourism, Sports & Youth Affairs Govt. of Jharkhand on the 23rd March 2018.

Jharkhand tourism minister Amar Kumar Bauri said, "Jharkhand is still unexplored by tourists and is a hidden jewel. Just 50 km from Ranchi there are several waterfalls. We wish to promote tourism without causing any dent to the way of life of tribals."

The event was supported by all major National travel – trade and hospitality association in India such as 'Association of Domestic Tour Operators Association of India (ADTOI), Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH), Enterprising Agents Association of India (ETAA), Hotel Association of Jharkhand, Travel Agents Association of Jharkhand, Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

Some of the feedback received from buyers and sellers at the event are as follows:

"The three-day trade mart witnessed good interactions between diverse tourism segments" said  Siddarth Bharadwaj, Managing Director, Darshanam, a Deoghar based travels and tours company said, "We interacted with more than 100 buyers and are hopeful and as well as excited to attract more tourists to Jharkhand." he further added.

Raj Brahmavar, Business Head, Goxingo, a travel technology provider says, "We are happy and have garnered enough leads." 

Sindhu Shanmugham, CEO, Signature Breaks, said, "Jharkhand was not on my radar but after attending the travel mart. I would now be promoting Jharkhand as there is a lot of potential for eco-tourism apart from spiritual tours to Jain and Hindu temples."       

The Business Session was a huge success with some of the brightest Industry leaders speaking on occasion. The sessions included Jharkhand Tourism - The Roadmap Ahead with speakers such as Debjit Dutta, Chairman, West Bengal, IATO, Rajat Sawhney, Vice President, ADTOI, Dr. Nishikant Kumar, Professor, Dept. of Hotel Management, BIT Mesra and Rakesh Lamba, Former President, ADTOI. The second session evaluated the industry and market for Tribal and Cultural Tourism in Jharkhand in which the speakers included Justin Imam, Virasat Trust, Amitava Ghosh, Founder, Kalamandir, Dr. Abhinav Kumar Shandilya, HOD, Dept. of Hotel Management, BIT Birsa and Sanjeev Kumar Besra, IAS, Director - Tourism, Govt. of Jharkhand.

Sustainable tourism is our goal: Sudhir Tripathy, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Jharkhand

The Govt of Jharkhand to set up exclusive stalls of tribal handicrafts and textiles at all tourist spots and hotels Tourism to uplift tribal communities through sustainable tourism

The story of Jharkhand is that of unrealized potential but we now need to realize this in its 18th year of becoming a new state. In the past we had limitations of extremism but now we have overcome it and it is one of the biggest success stories being talked about said Sudhir Tripathy, Chief Secretary, Government of Jharkhand.

As part of promoting Jharkhand tourism, the government has decided to set up stalls for the promotion of crafts of tribals in all tourist spots and hotels informed the chief secretary on the second day of the Jharkhand Travel Mart here in Ranchi. Tourism Minister Amar Kumar Bauri also added that "Jharkhand Silks and Dokra Arts would get a huge fillip through tourism".

A scintillating textile show was held showcasing the fabulous traditional hand-woven textiles of Jharkhand.

The media personnel and buyers were taken on several trips in batches to hill stations, waterfalls and historical places on the final day. The familiarization tours include tourist spots such as

·         RANCHI - PAHADI MANDIR - SRI BALA JEE MANDIR - FUN CASTLE RATU - MCCLUSKIEGANJ - RANCHI

·         RANCHI - JAGANNATH TEMPLE - BIRSA DEER PARK - PANCHGHAGH FALL -  IRNI FALL - RANCHI

·         RANCHI - ROCK GARDEN - NAKSHATRA VAN - TAGORE HILL - SCIENCE CITY – BIO DIVERSITY PARK - LALKHATANGA - RANCHI

·         RANCHI - JONHA FALL - SITA FALL - HUNDRU FALL - STATE MUSEUM KHELGAON - RANCHI

·         RANCHI - RAJARA - BIRSA MUNDA ZOOLOGICAL PARK - WAR CEMETRY - RANCHI

·         RACNHI - SUN TEMPLE - DEORI MANDIR - CHANDIL DAM - RANCHI

·         RANCHI - DASSAM FALL - SUN TEMPLE - DEORI MANDIR - RANCHI

·         RANCHI - RAJARAPPA - TENUGHAT DAM - RANCHI

·         RANCHI – JAMSHEDPUR – GHATSHILA - RANCHI

 

Why Jharkhand?

Jharkhand has been one of India's emerging tourist attractions with its wide arena of attractions. Our key segments such as Festivals of Jharkhand, Heritage Trails and Heritage Sites, Tribal Tourism, Wildlife Resorts and National Parks, Rock Art, Medical Tourism, Religious Tourism, Handicrafts, Cultural Vistas, etc, are unique and spell-binding for any discerning visitor.

·         The state with over 3 Crores domestic tourist is currently ranked 9th in the state.

·         The Economic Survey of the state predicts a high growth rate of 8.83 percent.

·         The state has almost 40% of the mineral reserves found in India.

·         A growing middle-class has made Eastern India being called 'The Retail Market of Tomorrow'

·         Ranked seventh in the World Bank's "Ease of doing Business" in India reporting 2016.

·         Jharkhand beckons you to reach out to India's fastest growing travel and tourism market!

·         Excellent connectivity to destinations across India! Enhanced Rail, Road and Air links.

·         A growing middle-class has made Eastern India being called 'The Retail Market of Tomorrow'

 

About Jharkhand

Jharkhand, is the 28th State of India. Located right on the Chhotanagpur plateau, which is one of the oldest land formations in the world has nearly one-third of its total area under forest cover. Jharkhand is rightfully called the "land of forests". The lush green forests, rivers and waterfalls of this land are home to many kinds of spectacular flora and fauna.

Age-old tribes are the main inhabit of this wonderful land, the state is also a hub of industry, commerce and education. A treasure-trove of minerals comprises 40 percent of the mineral wealth of the country ranking first in the production of coal, mica and iron and helps in making Jharkhand one of the richest state of India in natural resources.

Jharkhand has been one of India's emerging tourist attractions with its wide arena of attractions. Our key segments such as Festivals of Jharkhand, Heritage Trails and Heritage Sites, Tribal Tourism, Wildlife Resorts and National Parks, Rock Art, Medical Tourism, Religious Tourism, Handicrafts, Cultural Vistas, etc, are unique and spell-binding for any discerning visitor.

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