Cross Section Media is over 40 years in the business, having a number of firsts in India’s history. It was the first mover in B2B trade shows in tourism in India, way back in 1994. Our partnerships endured for as long as we ran the event – Air India and Indian Airlines, our national airlines, partner hotels, our supporting industry base – all these enabled us to host over 4,500 international tour operators from over 50 countries during our 18-year tenure! In 2011, the last year when we exited this event, we were steadfastly tourism focused, growing 25% year on year, presenting 30 countries from around the world, 23 Indian states and some 650 sellers organizations.
We have been the first movers in trade journalism, with magazine titles such as destination India, Travel Trends Today, Go Now and presently, Tourism First. We have put together some of the most exciting tourism literature in the country, for both central as well as state governments. We have run successful industry seminars and have been awarded by both industry associations as well as the Government of India, including two National Awards for excellence in tourism.
In all our ventures we have distinguished ourselves for quality in contributing to thought processes and brining diverse elements together.
Heading the organization since its inception, the founding spirit of our Director, Navin Berry, has been the desire to work passionately with all sectors of industry and with all associations of industry and government.
Presently, our projects include:
- Among the first to recognize synergy between Cinema and Tourism, partnered with the Film and Television Producers GUILD over 10 editions of CinemaScapes, now called Cinema Tourism Summit, that brought together destination promoters and marketers to meet with the film fraternity. The next edition will be held in December 2016 in Mumbai.
- Our monthly magazine, TourismFirst operates on three levels – monthly magazine, weekly online and regular events. It embraces the wider picture for tourism in the country, connecting the tourism vertical to developments in national economy, industry, society and culture at large. Know more on www.tourismfirst.org
- TourismFirst Ideas Exchange Series has been initiated for interaction with diverse stakeholders of the tourism product. Sessions held in the recent past include Rural Tourism and Indian Tourism 2.0