Odisha Tourism is looking at organising the first edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar either this year or probably by 2017, informed Utpal K Pati, OTS, Deputy Director, Odisha Tourism. “Odisha Tourism is yet to announce the details of first edition of Odisha Travel Bazaar. We believe it will be a great medium to attract tourists as well as investment opportunities. Simultaneously, our local suppliers will be able to network with the travel trade from across the country and create awareness about the latest tourism offerings of the state,” he added. Pati was addressing a press conference at the Odisha Tourism’s roadshow in New Delhi. The 10-city roadshow concluded in the national capital where 10 tour operators and hoteliers from Odisha met about 80 tour operators.
The Buddhist heritage of Odisha comprising Ratnagiri-Lalitgiri-Udayagiri-Langudi and Dhauli attracts tourists from overseas and domestic front. Along with the neighbouring states, Odisha is aiming to attract Buddhist travellers to the state, with 8-10 major Buddhist destinations based in the state. Pati added that there is no living Buddhist heritage in the state where a regular worship takes place. Therefore, we plan to build a monastery soon, which will attract tourists in big numbers, added Pati. Odisha observes domestic tourists in large numbers from states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The eco-tourism destinations have received an overwhelming response from Scandinavian countries such as Denmark and Holland and Germany.