India International Trade Fair : 2009
The 29th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) has now commenced from 14.11.09. The grand carnival was inaugurated by her excellency President of India Smt Prathiba Patil in a colorful and jubilant ceremony at Hamsadhwani theatre, Pragati Maidan. The fair is organized every year by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO). The theme of trade fair 2009 is “Exports of Services”.
The most remarkable feature of this unique fair is that it is the only fair which showcases the vast country that India is, on a single common platform through various state pavilions. The famous products of every state is easily available in its pavilion at a reasonable price. Get the handicrafts of Rajasthan, sarees of Banaras, Kolhapuri chappals and amazing products from all over India at one stop. A number of cultural shows both classical and folk drawn across the country adds to the amazing character of this gala. Theaters, dance, puppetry, music both instrumental and vocal will mesmerize the evenings. Further, the visitors to the fair can enjoy India’s varied cuisines in all days of the event.
The trade fair will host with 7,500 domestic and overseas exhibitors from 29 countries. This year the special highlights of the fair are Green Event with No plastic bags. In addition to this, ITPO has arranged a comprehensive exhibition 'India - A Space Odyssey' at Nehru pavilion. The exhibition provides a glimpse of India's achievements in the space research and development . The trade show has some remarkable features this year including No Smoking Zone, 5 exclusive days for business visitors and Ethnic foods from different states. This years special cuisine is 'Delhi Ka Khana' which includes the taste of national capital like Chaat, Samosa, Pyaz Kachori, Dhokla, Paneer, Rajma Chawal, Gulab Jamun etc.
The 14-day fair will have China as the spotlight country and Thailand as the partner nation for the IITF 2009. Iran has made a debut in India’s trade fair this year, hoping to join some countries such as China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand and Turkey, which have attracted huge crowds in the past with their traditional merchandise.
This year discounted tickets are also available at Metro stations, Mother Dairy and Safal outlets, and designated branches of Central Bank, Canara Bank, Allahabad Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Federal Bank, as well as at select Bharat Petroleum pumps.
For general public, the entry fee is Rs.30 on weekdays and Rs.60 on weekends.
Business Visitor Hours : 09:30 am to 07:30 pm ( from November 14th - 18th, 2009), Entry Gates 1,2 & 10
General Visitor Hours : 09:30 am to 07:30 pm ( from Nov 19th - 27th, 2009), Entry Gates : All
By : Saranjeet Singh