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Rajasthan tour operators are visiting Heritage Hotels to offer fresh royal tours in the state


Shahpura Hotels

Rajasthan is globally acclaimed for its historical forts monuments and luxury palaces that narrate the fascinating story about its kings and kingdom. Most of the majestic fort and palaces have been converted into luxury heritage hotels and resorts.

These palace hotels offer to see and experience the grandeur of Rajasthan’s regalia to its visitors from different parts of the world. So as to promote the nuances and renovations in various heritage properties in the recent past, a group of 8 prominent tour operators of Rajasthan went on a FAM Tour to a large number of heritage properties in the State.

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It is expected that this will enable the tour operators to market these properties more effectively to the tourists and visitors, as informed by the Senior Vice President, Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO), Mohan Singh Mertiya.

The visit of the tour operators has been organized by RATO along with the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA). The group will visit Shekhawati (Nawalgarh; Alsisar, Mandawa) Bikaner; Jodhpur, Rohet, Pokaran and then reach Jaisalmer on September02, 2017 for the IHHA Annual Convention. At the IHHA Convention the tour operators will have B2B meetings with heritage property owners.

Beginning their tour from Jaipur on August30, 2017, the tour operators have already visited the heritage properties of Pink City. On the way back they will also visit Khejarala; Nimaj and  Pushkar finally to return Jaipur.

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 The group of tour operators at Hotel Hari Mahal before their departure for FAM tour.


According to the IHHA officials, enough attention and time was not given by tour operators to heritage hotel owners at events like Great Indian Travel Bazaar and other such travel forums since they have to compete with larger hotels and prestigious chains. This visit will be entirely focused on the heritage hotels and has been organized for the first time.

The tour operators visiting the heritage properties are : Kuldeep Singh Chandela; Mohan Singh Mertiya;  Mahender Singh; Amit Bomb;  Sukhdev Singh; Inder Vijai Singh;  Nitin Mathur and Aditya Agrawal.

It is to be recalled that 6th Annual Convention of the Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) will be inaugurated at Suryagarh in Jaisalmer on September02, 2017. The theme of the Convention this year will be ‘Harnessing Heritage to Tourism Advantage’.



Great Indian Travel Bazaar gets underway in Jaipur




Great India Travel Bazaar, a joint initiative of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Rajasthan Tourism, and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, , is the three days B2B travel show that promotes Rajasthan as a preferred tourist destination. The event was inaugurated in Jaipur on Sunday.

The three-day tourism fair was inaugurated by NC Goel, Additional Chief Secretary – Tourism, Government of Rajasthan in the presence of Suman Billa, Jt. Secretary – Tourism, Government of India, and Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Tourism Committee of FICCI.

The highest priority to tourism infrastructure in the State is assured by the tourism department ministers during the event. Rajasthan has already submitted proposals to the Union Tourism Ministry to the tune of Rs. 500 crores for developing innovative circuits like Spiritual, Heritage, Mega Desert, Tribal and Eco-Adventure. Some infrastructure projects under the schemes of PRASAD and SWADESH were also being developed.

Owing to the development of infrastructure as well as an aggressive and creative marketing campaign, in the year 2016, Rajasthan registered an impressive growth of domestic tourist arrivals by 18% while that of foreign tourist arrivals by 3 %. In the current year, the tourist arrival trends are suggesting even better growth.

There has been an impressive growth of foreign tourist arrivals in the country to the tune of 11% and around 9% in domestic tourist arrivals in 2016, said Billa. The trend in initial months of 2017 indicate a growth of 16%. The primary reason for a quantum jump in the tourist arrivals was also owing to the introduction electronic visa facility.

GITB is the most significant platform and the sole promoter of Inbound Tourism in India. Giving a snapshot of GITB over the past few years the Chairperson of Tourism, Jyotsana Suri  highlighted that the number of buyers have increased from 260 to 275. There has also been significant rise in the number of B2B meetings from 3000 to 10,800 since it began.

Glimpses of GITB 2016

Glimpses of GITB 2016

The Great Indian Travel Bazaar ended yesterday. It was a grand affair where global buyers and sellers of tourism products met. The event saw participation by the biggest hotel chains, spas and tour operators etc. Many Indian states also promoted their tourist-destinations.

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The event was a success and we believe that it will give a fillip to tourism in our country. GITB 2017 will be held from April 23 to 25 so the promoters better start planning already.

Take a look at some pictures from the event that will make you want to be there next year.

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6 Things to Do in Jaipur When You Are Done With The Great Indian Travel Bazaar

6 Things to Do in Jaipur When You Are Done With The Great Indian Travel Bazaar

So you have booked your tickets for Jaipur and are all set for GITB 2016 but have you thought about what you would do for some fun? Recreation is a must after hectic business activities to refresh your mind. When you are in Jaipur there is no dearth of fun things to do. We have put together a list of top things that you must do in Jaipur-

1. Shop Some Souvenirs


Shopping is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind, when they visit the Pink City. Get some traditional Rajasthani prints like bandhej and leheriya for sure. Jaipur jutis, mirror work clothes and handicrafts should be on your list as well. The four-walled city has markets for everything from jewellery to shoes. Bapu Bazaar is a great market to shop at and so is Hawa Mahal.


2. See the Sights


Amer fort is the most popular tourist destination in Jaipur. The Light and Sound Show will give you chills and you will remember it always. Do not miss out on other grand forts like Jaigarh and Nahargarh. A stroll near Jal Mahal will make your evening when you feel the breeze on your face.


3. Chokhi Dhani


Want the taste of real Rajasthan? Make sure that you visit Chokhi Dhani. It’s a beautiful place that is modeled like a village. Here you can experience camel and elephant rides and dance with folk dancers. The Rajasthani food is offered in a traditional setting at Chokhi Dhani, a first for many tourists.


4. Eat like locals


There are many food-joints that Jaipurites frequent for the authentic taste. As a tourist you might want something that you can find easily so simply go to statue circle, order a yummy cuppa at Uncle’s Coffee. Ramchandra kulfi at Ajmeri Gate is the stuff that dreams are made of. For authentic Jaipuri food and desserts, LMB in Johari Bazaar is very popular among locals and tourists alike.


5. Balloon Ride


You do not get to fly in a hot air balloon everywhere but Jaipur is different. Book a balloon ride and behold Jaipur in all its glory from sky. This is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience so you should go for it this time.


6. World Trade Park


The much loved symbol of modern Jaipur, World Trade Park is a place for shopping the big brands and eating at the hippest food chains. Even if you do not want to shop, you will love to roam around here.

The Great Indian Travel Bazaar to Commence On April 17

The Great Indian Travel Bazaar to Commence On April 17

So, GITB is back and it’s going to be bigger than last years. This is a global market for tourism products aimed at promoting tourism in India. This year will see the eighth edition of the bazaar that will be held from April 17-19, 2016 at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JECC) Sitapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

the great indian travel bazaar 2016

The Great Indian Travel Bazaar is attended by exhibitors and buyers from all over the world. The exhibitors include Indian & international tour operators, hotel & spa owners, health care institutions and investors. Ministries related to tourism, transport and media will also participate in the event.

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Picture this to get an idea about the size of event- more than 253 booths, congregation of 270 tour operators from 50 countries and more than 500 tourism product sellers from India.

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The mart is organized in Jaipur which is already a top tourist destination. This gives the event a bigger appeal. Everything at The Great Indian Travel Bazaar 2016 is well planned as the government wants to leave no stone unturned to make India an even bigger draw for International tourists.

GITB ends with Euphoria!


The 6th edition of The Great Indian Travel Bazaar ended with euphoria today among the travel trade. The ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’ expressed great satisfaction on account of more than 8200 meetings held in the course of two days.  Over 8200 B2B Meetings were held.


Over 8200 B2B Meetings were Held

Over 8200 B2B Meetings were Held

The fair has been immensely successful in terms of pre-structured B2B meetings generated. The response from both the ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’ is indeed gratifying. There is no denying that The Great Indian Travel Bazaar has become a force to reckon with in the travel arena,

One of the prime highlights of the fair was the heritage division of the TravelBazaar. As many as 47 stalls of unique heritage hotels were under one roof.


The next edition of the GITB will be held in mid April 2014 in Jaipur next year. The event has for sure carved a niche in the travel arena. Many foreign buyers have expressed their desire to come again next year and participate in this inbound tourism bonanza.


GITB 2013 Inaugurated!


The sixth edition of the was formally inaugurated by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Vice President, Dr. Jyotsna Suri and the Principal Secretary Tourism, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava today morning at theBirla Auditorium by cutting a ribbon. The Secretary General of FICCI, Mr. A.. Didar Singh was also present on the occasion.

The Rajasthan Tourism Minister, Ms. Bina Kak giving the Inaugural address at the Great India Travel Bazar 2013 today in Jaipur.

The Rajasthan Tourism Minister, Ms. Bina Kak giving the Inaugural address at the Great India Travel Bazar 2013 today in Jaipur.


After the ribbon-cutting, Dr. Suri and Mr. Srivastava went around the various stalls and the booths of the travel bazaar and expressed their pleasure at its success. She said the travel bazaar was focusing on variousproducts of tourism relating to heritage, eco, religious tourism, etc.

Dr. Jyotsna Suri informed that over 9000 pre-fixed and structured meetings are being held in the course of two days.  Throughout the day such B2B meetings were held. The member of FTOs wishing to do serious business with sellers of Indian tourism products has grown from 265 in 2012 to 273 in 2013. These buyers represent 56 countries, evincing interest in the diversity of tourism products offered by India.
Over 9000 B2B meetings have already been prescheduled between foreign tour operators and Indian sellers. On demand this year the time for B2B has been increasedfrom 15 to 20 minutes per slot and the last one hour has been kept open for on the spot B2B meetings.

A comprehensive publication, ‘Re-inventing Rajasthan Through Tourism’ was also released at the Rajasthan Pavilion in the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB).


The publication comprehensively covers the State of Rajasthan in terms of fairs and festivals, luxury trains, availability of hotel rooms, package for investment in tourism, among others.

It would prove to be a handy guide for tourist.