Over 25 tour operators from across the country as well as abroad have come calling to woo potential visitors from Jharkhand.
A three-day fair, Travel and Tourism Mart, kicked off in Ranchi on Friday with a plethora of attractive packages for those caught by wanderlust. Representatives from states like Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Himachal Pradesh as well as China and Thailand have set up kiosks at the first-of-its-kind tourism mart organised by North-East Fair in association with the state tourism department.
“From Jharkhand, a substantial number of people go on tours regularly. This fair will give them a chance to get an idea about packages on offer. We will also get an opportunity to highlight tourist hotspots of our state,” said Sajal Chakraborty, principal secretary (tourism), after inaugurating the fair.
Chandra Prakash Poddar of North-East Fair said Ranchi was an emerging city and its people were travelling to different parts of the world. “To tap this potential market, the organisers have brought the fair to Ranchi,” said Poddar. He added that they had been hosting the event in Guwahati, Siliguri and Bhubaneswar for the past two years.
According to the organisers, over 1.5 lakh Indians visit China every year and Jharkhand has a share in that traffic. Besides, over 10 per cent of Thailand-bound tourists are from Jharkhand, said Esha Saha at the Thailand kiosk.
Tourism director Siddharth Tripathy said, “Jharkhand outnumbers Odisha in terms of tourist inflow.”