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bitb new delhi and itb berlin
21-23
September, 2017
New Delhi
international travel and tourism
Supported By:
incredible india
make in india
delhi tourism
Strong Support to the first edition

The launch edition of BITB, powered by ITB Berlin, concluded on a most enthusiastic note, with 6 power conclaves, 260 exhibiting companies meeting 780 buyers, and big networking platforms.

BITB 2016 was inaugurated by Shri Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (IC) Tourism and Culture, Government of India. Shri Najeeb Jung, Lt Governor, Delhi presided while Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir state was the chief guest. Shri Kapil Mishra, Minister of Tourism, Delhi Government was the Guest of Honour.

BITB rolled out its Awards to Iconic Indians who have impacted Global Travel and Tourism. These were Shri PRS Oberoi for hospitality (his son Shri Vikram Oberoi received the award on his behalf); Shri Naresh Goyal for airlines and Shri Sanjay Reddy for airport infrastructure. Shri Rajeev Sethi was awarded for his contribution in promoting Indian heritage while Shri Deep Kalra was recognized for technology. Shri Jose Dominic was awarded for his contribution to experiential tourism and Shri Zubin Karkaria for improving Ease in Travel. ITB and BITB honoured and remembered two Iconic Indians for their support to ITB over the years, the late Capt Krishna Nair and Shri Ram Kohli.

6 Power Conclaves brought some of the best minds in the business. For a first time, these were anchored by six leading associations and leaders in their respective verticals. The Make in India Conclave, another first time for the industry, was supported by DIPP, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India and featured the keynote address by Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog. Others who spoke included Shri V K Duggal, former Governor, Manipur who moderated the session and Shri Atul Chuturvedi, JS, DIPP, Government of India. The Make in India Conclave was anchored by IATO, and the session was anchored by Shri Subhash Goyal, immediate past president, IATO.

Among other leaders were Shri Ashwani Lohani, CMD, Air India; Shri Kapil Chopra, President, Oberoi Hotels; Shri Rajeev Menon, COO-Asia Pacific for Marriott Hotels; Ms. Jaya Jaitley of Dastkari Haat; Shri Lakshyaraj of Udaipur; Mr. Tony D’Astolfo, Research Analyst, Phocuswright Inc.; Shri Kapil Kaul, CEO, South Asia, CAPA India; Shri Manav Thadani, Chairman, HVS and others dominated the senior discussion groups.

Messe Berlin made a strong presence at the event. ITB Berlin director, Shri David Ruetz, along with Jean Francois Rika, ITB Corporate Social Responsibility, and, Bruno Walter, ITB Advisory, attended the inaugural show with Chairman of Messe Berlin sharing a video message, welcoming BITB to the ITB family.

We made a triumphant return to B2B trade shows for the industry, with serious tourism focus, bringing senior industry participation and business networking opportunities. The look and feel was truly international and both buyers and sellers expressed strong support to the show, a few were willing to sign for the next five years.

BITB 2017 will be held in New Delhi from 21-23 September 2017.

2016 Partners & Lead Exhibitors
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India welcomes ITB
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Dr. Mahesh Sharma
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Tourism & Culture
Government of India
arvind kejriwal message
Mr. Arvind Kejriwal
Chief Minister
Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi
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Mr. Kapil Mishra
Minister of Tourism, Art, Culture & Languages, Gurdwara Elections and Water
Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi
Supporting the Initiative
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martin buck
Martin Buck
Senior Vice President Messe Berlin
"ITB Berlin is thrilled with the prospect of the forthcoming BITB show, later this October in New Delhi. We have been for long looking at India and now is the right time to go ahead. We believe we have the right partner, with the right credentials in the Indian market, and we have started what promises to be a rewarding and satisfying journey. We all know how the Indian market is growing, and we hope to contribute to its growth by providing a business platform for the industry at large. BITB is happening at the right place and at the right time in the journey of travel and tourism in this region. From a worldwide perspective, we know that travel and tourism will continue to grow. Some markets are economically challenged, others are showing some instability or the other, for a variety of reasons. We do believe that above them all, tourism will enable people to meet each other, understand different cultures and societies and this will foster greater peace among mankind. We do believe that tourism has the power to heal, make people connect and also bring economic prosperity to the local people. If tourism is going to be inclusive and able to permeate at all levels in the receiving markets, then tourism will have a great future. Governments around the world recognize this and understandably, the desire to promote tourism upfront is only engaging the world. This is one positive sentiment that we see most prominently at every ITB."
ashwani lohani
Ashwani Lohani
CMD Air India
"Air India has been in the forefront of the revival and dynamism that we see in the country's aviation space, with introduction of new flights, streamlining of services and giving customers what they want. We are happy to learn of BITB as a new event from such experienced hands in the business, that will provide focus and stimulus to travel and tourism. We wish them every success."
sk misra
SK Misra
Chairman, Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development
"For Indian tourism, the potential is enormous and the challenge of improving the tourism experience, making it world class, bringing a huge number of products from across the country into mainstream activity remains formidable. Therefore, a coming together of Indian enterprise with ITB Berlin, the world leader with unmatched outreach to world markets, will bring new dimensions. I have watched the growth of Navin Berry's earlier foray into B2B tourism forum from a modest start, developing into an international show of great strength. This new venture will definitely provide India a great opportunity for positioning our own strengths in tourism and aligning them to world expectations."
arvind singh mewar
Arvind Singh Mewar
Maharana of Mewar, Udaipur
"My congratulations to ITB and Cross Section on their pioneering vision of coming together and planning to host BITB in India!

The idea of introducing a comprehensive event which includes traditional and modern businesses with a strong tourism component is most timely for the larger interest of the hospitality industry. BITB will help focus on the outreach of tourism in its inclusive nature as it encompasses our lives every day most significantly.

I am equally delighted to understand that this event will have a diversified buyer base and will provide a more meaningful format for doing business, keeping in mind the changing dynamics of our business including online and technology."
vivek nair
Vivek Nair
CMD, The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts
"It is indeed a major accomplishment that ITB Berlin is collaborating to set-up a show called BITB scheduled for October 2016. Also, by concentrating on MICE segments it would lead to immediate results as it is totally unchartered territory. Convention Tourism, as we know, is the fastest growing segment in Tourism worldwide and India is unable to attract this segment because of lack of infrastructure facilities to house large Conventions as well as due to insufficient marketing efforts to bring them to India. Also, Sports and Event based Tourism have great potential as is seen from the infrastructure being built for the 2020 Expo in Dubai, and World Football Cup in Doha. I am sure the Hotel and Tourism Industry would be there to take advantage of this new show. I wish you all success."
vinod duggal
Vinod Duggal
Former Governor of Manipur & Mizoram and Former Director-General of Tourism, Government of India
"Great news that ITB Berlin is being brought to India as BITB by the creator of SATTE, Navin Berry as a Partner in this Product, and will be launched in Delhi in late October 2016. Going by the success and respect achieved by SATTE, which was launched in 1994, and having seen the competence, dedication and experience of Navin and his team from close quarters, I have no doubt that BITB, a timely all-encompassing tourism initiative, will also be a huge hit.

Heartiest congratulations to Navin and his team for bringing glory to India Tourism and best wishes for the success of the Product."
lalit k. panwar
Lalit K. Panwar
Former Secretary Tourism Government of India
Presently, Chairman Rajasthan Public Service Commission
"I am delighted to learn about the launch of BITB in October 2016. This joint enterprise would go a long way in showcasing and promoting Indian tourism on a global level."
deep kalra
Deep Kalra
Chairman & Group CEO, MakeMyTrip
"This is great news for Indian tourism. I expect that more international exposure will happen for Indian products. A global perspective would also mean more awareness of what technology is doing to travel, and how online is giving new outreach to global tourism. More specifically how India can gain from technology applications! I expect the expo and conference segment in technology would be an important step forward for all participants at the show, specially for policy planners and industry leadership. I am sure the event will contribute in many ways to make Indian tourism more dynamic and responsive to world currents.
deepak kohli
Deepak Kohli
Chairperson, Creative Travel
"You know how fond Ram was of you and his support that you always had. I am delighted to see your successes over the years and am happy to see Rajeev and Rohit continue their fathers’ engagement with you. Indian tourism needs a lot of innovation and paradigm shifting actions. I wish you all the very best for the years to come."
k.b. kachru
K.B. Kachru
Chairman, Carlson Group
"I am delighted to hear of ITB coming to India to collaborate with the most respected creator of travel marts in the country. This development comes at a time when the complexity and diversity of tourism is being recognized. Equally what is being acknowledged is the economic and social importance of our industry to the larger economy. This forthcoming show can be most critical as it hopes to position tourism accordingly.

ITB's track record as a world leader with 50 years in business will be most useful for India and I am confident that both the Indian government and industry will make full use of this opportunity.
peter kerkar
Peter Kerkar
Director, Cox & Kings Ltd
"I would like to congratulate you on your forthcoming travel trade show. Your pioneering efforts in the travel industry and your vision gave the Indian subcontinent its first ever travel show way back in 1994. Your efforts in projecting the Indian subcontinent through your shows over the years have immensely benefited the travel industry. Over the years the travel industry has evolved and transformed the way we purchase travel. Travel companies that can offer a blend of online and offline travel will capture the wallets of the millennial traveller. I do believe that your show will have all the elements that can attract this segment and redefine the entire travel experience"
steve borgia
Steve Borgia
President, Ecotourism Society of India
"The Ecotourism Society of India is confident that this initiative will repeat the contribution that Cross Section made when it launched India's first B2B travel mart and then over the years, as it grew from strength to strength. Times have changed. Rest of the world is basking on Sustainable Tourism showcasing all their niche products. Though India has the products and the capacity to lead the world in this segment, it is unfortunate that we are far behind in achieving this goal. I believe the forthcoming BITB will position India right and place it where it belongs - on the top!"
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