HYDERABAD: The city is set to host 78th world congress of Skal, a leading organisation of travel and tourism professionals, from October 5 to 9.
Over 1,000 delegates of the tourism industry from 85 countries are expected to participate in the mega event being organised in association with the Tourism Department, reports The Hindu.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will formally launch the congress on October 6 in the presence of leading names in the tourism sector as well as the officials of the State and Central governments.
Several expert speakers will attend the event featuring seminars and discussions on the potential of the tourism sector and the modalities to improve it further.
Tourism Secretary B. Venkatesham said that several major cities had competed for hosting the event, but the State had been selected by the organisers owing to the tourism potential here. Selection for hosting the event was a major achievement for the State as it had been done after the organisers inspected the facilities and infrastructure necessary to host the congress.
The event would be utilised to showcase the State’s potential as an important destination to ensure that tourist traffic increases significantly. As against the two to three lakh tourists arriving here every year, the State was targetting to cross 10 lakh tourists in the coming years, he said.