India Expo Centre and Mart, one of India’s largest integrated venues for exhibitions, conventions and conferences successfully kicked off the 6th edition of India International Hospitality Expo 2023 on Wednesday, August 2nd. The inauguration ceremony of the three-day prestigious event took place at 11 AM, with Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu gracing the event as the Chief Guest.
Rakesh Kumar, Chairman Indian Expo Centre and Mart hosted the event which was joined by other prominent Himachal officials such as Chairman of the HP Tourism Development Corporation Limited, Raghubeer Singh Bali, who was the Guest of Honor and Chief Secretary of the Himachal government, Pramod Saxena. After lighting of the auspicious lamp and felicitation of the esteemed guests in attendance, Rakesh Kumar delivered his welcome address.
In his address, Rakesh Kumar welcomed the guests to the 6th India International Expo and revealed that the state in focus of this year’s Expo was the “breathtaking and beautiful” Himachal Pradesh. Quoting Himachal CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, Rakesh Kumar said that, “Himachal has positioned itself as an all-season destination, garnering international attention and attracting travellers from around the world.” He further said that Himachal is committed to developing eco-friendly tourism and hospitality while conserving the natural beauty and ecological barriers of the state.
Rakesh Kumar said that, “Himachal witnessed the highest tourist in six years crossing the number of one crore to race in the first six months of this year…the state welcomed a total of 1.6 crore visitors as of June.” He further said that Himachal was the most conducive destination for exhibitions. Highlighting the cleanliness and pollution-free environment of the Himalayan state, Rakesh said that this makes Himachal a better exhibition centre than metro cities like Delhi. He concluded by expressing his gratitude and said, “On this occasion, we at Expo Centre and Mart, look forward to joining hands with the government of Himachal Pradesh for the development of the Centre”