Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to inaugurate the third edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar which will focus on business of inbound and domestic tourism on October 14.

The Department of Tourism, Government of Odisha along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) will organise the mega event in Bhubaneswar.

Over 60 domestic tour operators from 19 cities of the country and 25 foreign operators from 15 countries will be participating in this year’s event. The aim is to develop new tourism projects in the State including the development of 13 existing tourist places like Puri, Konark, Bhitarkanika and Chilika.

Odisha Tourism Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev said that the tourist inflow to the State is expected to rise following development initiatives at the existing tourist sites.

“We are identifying lands in 13 major tourist destinations like Chilika, Puri, Bhitarkanika, Debrigarh, Hirakud for execution of new tourism projects including water sport activities, houseboat facilities and hotels,” said Dev.

Odisha Culture and Tourism Minister Jyoti Panigrahi said, “Odisha Tourism Bazaar is a medium to connect buyers and sellers engaged in the tourism industry. We sell travel packages to tour operators from both domestic and foreign soil.”