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CM inaugurates Odisha Travel Bazaar 

The Times of India , Oct 05, 2018

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated the second edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar organised here by the state tourism department in association with the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). It will continue till Sunday.

Ahead of the Men’s Hockey World Cup in November-December this year, this event is expected to take Odisha tourism to international level. As many as 60 foreign tour operators from 23 countries and several national tour operators from different parts of the country took part in the event.

“Odisha is all set to host the Hockey World Cup in this November-December with 16 participating teams. This will certainly have a cascading effect on our tourism,” said Naveen.

He said the tourist arrival to the state is growing at a rate of about nine per cent per annum, which is more than the global tourist arrival growth rate of four per cent. This increasing trend of tourist arrival is a positive sign for the state, he added.

“The strength of Odisha lies in its rich cultural heritage. Of late, new tourism products like ethnic tourism, Buddhist tourism and eco-tourism have gained momentum and attract a lot of tourist to the state,” said the chief minister.

He further said starting with Air Asia connectivity to Malaysia more international air operators will surely connect to Bhubaneswar in the coming days. “The recent development of the commercial airport at Jharsuguda will provide connectivity with the western part of Odisha which will boost tourism in that region,” he added.

The state government is in touch with the Centre to start the e-VISA facility at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here before the Hockey World Cup begins. This facility will not only help the persons coming from different countries for the world cup but also the normal tourists come here to enjoy their trip to Odisha, said a senior bureaucrat.



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