Initially scheduled for March 2022, Kerala Tourism Mart (KTM) will now take place from May 5 to 8 at Samudrika Convention Center in Kochi, India.
Recognised as one of India’s leading travel shows, KTM 2022 is postponed in consideration of rising Covid-19 cases in India and across the world.
In announcing the new dates at a virtual press meeting on February 1, V Venu, principal secretary of Kerala Tourism, said: “We all know that the pandemic has yet to subside although there are signs that offer us optimism. Travel restrictions in India and beyond are still in place. We are also mindful of the fact that most airline companies are operating a curtailed service. So, considering all these challenges, KTM society has decided to postpone the event to new dates.”
Venu is also a board member of the managing committee of Kerala Society Mart, which organises the event.
Venu said interest in KTM 2022 is strong, with more than 1,100 travel partners expressed keeness to attend. “We want to make sure that interested trade partners can attend KTM 2022 physically,” he added.
KTM was last held in 2018, during which it recorded participation from 400 foreign buyers and 1,500 Indian buyers.
Baby Mathew, president, KTM Society, said that the 11th edition of KTM this year will focus on new experiences such as caravan tourism as well as showcase new destinations of the state. For the first time, it will be a plastic- and paper-free travel mart. Post-event fam trips for buyers will also organised.