Published on : Wednesday, March 3, 2021
The Minister for Tourism, Ecology and Environment C.P. Yogeshwar said that Karnataka will be hosting the second edition of Karnataka International Travel Expo (KITE) in August this year and this event is expected to attract delegates from more than 30 countries who are looking for opportunities in the State tourism ecosystem and also discovering Karnataka tourism.
Speaking after inaugurating Connect-2021, a stakeholder networking program, held by the Department of Tourism and Karnataka Tourism Society (KTS) in Mysuru, the Minister said that tourism, before the pandemic, contributed 14.8 per cent towards the State’s GDP supporting more than 16 million jobs.
Karnataka has a lot of possibilities for becoming a world-class destination and the Department of Tourism is rendering its support for globally marketing the State. The KITE on August 27, 28 and 29 is aimed towards recovering the tourism and hospitality industry in the State hit hard by the pandemic.
Connect-2021 is an annual event for meeting all tourism stakeholders in the State and to interact with them, and showcase activities of the Department of Tourism and KTS.
T.K. Anil Kumar, Principal Secretary, Tourism, said that Karnataka is home to a large and exciting collection of globally applauded tourism products with UNESCO world heritage sites, wildlife sanctuaries and virgin beaches.
The Karnataka International Travel Expo would provide a momentum to inbound travel and tourism and also increase the marketing efforts of Karnataka Tourism Department for upholding destinations to the travel-trade from all over the world.