Exhibitors include resorts, hotels, travel agents, tour operators, cruises, airlines, and online travel portals. Departments of Tourism of Gujarat, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have set up stalls showcasing the best of their States’ tourism potential. The Government of Andhra Pradesh is promoting Horsely Hills as a tourist destination, says E.Anjaneyulu, Tourist Information Officer of the Department of Tourism, Government of Andhra Pradesh. More than Rs.2.64 crore has been spent already for developing the place.
More than Rs.45 crore has been sanctioned for the heritage corridor project for providing basic amenities such as drinking water, toilets, approach roads and street lights. Nellore and Chittoor districts have been selected for this project, he adds. The stall from Gujarat has displayed the arts and culture of the State along with the holiday destinations. The photographs alone can tempt one to visit the place. Some of the stalls offer special tourist packages and discounts. Some focus on temple tourism.
The stalls from Kerala have a captivating variety of options such as quaint resorts in the middle of densely wooded landscapes, complete with tree houses and cave dwellings, Ayurvedic treatment centres and nature treks. A resort from Lakkidi, an unexplored tourist spot in northern Malabar, offers some of the best deals for tourists who are longing to watch the rain. According to K.Abhilash, General Manager- Sales and Operations of the Rain Country Resorts, the place is only next to Cherapunji in the amount of rainfall it receives. The resort from Thekkady offers visitors a place to stay in the middle of a spice garden.
The fair has special packages for Singapore too. Star Cruises gives the opportunity to explore the high seas on a luxury cruise liner. The organisers expect a crowd of not less than 10,000 people over the three-day fair. “It is the second time the fair is being held in the city. The fair gives a fair idea to people about best vacationing options in the country and abroad,” says Surinnder Hakhu, Director of Travel Media Networks. The expo is on at Suguna Kalyana Mandapam till January 26.