The world is set for the biggest travel trade show in India – OTM 2016, to be held in Mumbai, India’s largest source market of travel, from February 18 to 20, 2016 at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre.Tourism within and out of India provides huge opportunities for the thousands of trade professionals from around the world attending OTM 2016 to buy, sell and be updated.As per data released by India’s Tourism Ministry, it is estimated that in 2015, over 20 million Indians travelled abroad, close to 10 million foreigners came to India and over a billion trips were taken by Indians within the country. The governments at the federal and state levels have prioritised tourism as a key area for the economy.With generous support from Wonderful Indonesia, over 500 trade professionals from Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur and Pune have been pre-qualified for participation in India’s largest hosted buyer programme, to visit the OTM 2016. Additionally, over 3,000 trade visitors have registered their participation online, underscoring the real business value of OTM. The number of such committed buyers is increasing daily in the lead-up to OTM.For the very first time in trade show history, the United Arab Emirates is leading their participation with all its 7 emirates, making them the largest destination exhibitor in OTM 2016. They are joined by several global destinations at OTM 2016 with the keenness to carve a piece of India’s projected 50 million outbound pie – Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Thailand, New Zealand, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Bangladesh, Philippines, Maldives, Oman, Bhutan, Seychelles, Israel, Rwanda, Romania, Fiji and Greece are all in place at India’s biggest travel show.Major Indian destinations are not far behind their international counterparts with Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and many other states, present with large number of sellers from each, to showcase India at its best.All segments of travel and tourism industry are increasingly required to use Information and Communication technologies, to stay competitive. TechForum@OTM2016 is India’s first and only specialised business platform connecting technology solution providers to the travel industry.