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Conference on Opportunities for Multilateral Business Partnerships in Tourism, Hospitality, Pharmaceutical and Organic Farming

15-17 March 2023, Gangtok, Sikkim

About the Conference

Tourism The COVID pandemic caused a decline in growth of the hospitality and tourism industry; However, with restrictions decreasing, sector has started picking up. Even with the presence of the pandemic, the hospitality market has grown by 7.7% in the past year and is expected to maintain this upward trajectory. Owing to its extensive attractions and rich heritage, India has always been one of the most rewarding and multicultural melting pot for any explorer. Tourists from different countries have been visiting India to witness its traditions and incredible cultural heritage, which are the factors that laid the foundation of the Indian tourism sector contributing about five per cent to GDP. After the COVID-19 pandemic, many reforms were implemented in India to promote tourism; these policies have significantly boosted the sector.

Global COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on the pharmaceutical and healthcare market, which is expected to make its effects felt both in the short and long term. With demand changes, revisions in regulations, changes in the research and development process, and a shift towards telemedicine and online consultancies with doctors, the coming years are going to usher in a very different pharmaceutical industry worldwide. India is a major exporter of Pharmaceuticals, with over 200+ countries served by Indian pharma exports. India supplies over 50% of Africa’s requirement for generics, 40% of generic demand in the US and 25% of all medicine in the UK.

Increasing health concerns due to growing number of chemical poisoning cases globally is acting as a driver in the organic food market. India is bestowed with lot of potential to produce all varieties of organic products due to its various agro climatic conditions. In several parts of the country, the inherited tradition of organic farming is an added advantage. This holds promise for the organic producers to tap the market which is growing steadily in the domestic and export sector. As per the available statistics, India's rank 5th in terms of World's Organic Agricultural land and 1st in terms of total number of producers as per 2021 data. Sikkim is recognised as the “world’s first organic state” by the World Book of Records London.

Conference would focus on opportunities for multilateral business partnerships in Tourism, Hospitality, Pharmaceutical and Organic Farming.

Itinerary & Conference Agenda Outline

Day 1: 15 March 2023
Arrival at Gangtok
Via Bagdogra
Day 2: 16 March 2023
Business-20 Conference
  • Inaugural Session
  • Plenary Session
  • Meeting with Shri G Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Culture & DoNER, Government of India (To be confirmed)
Venue: Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok
Visit to Rumtek Monastry
Dinner & Cultural programme
Venue: Mayfair Hotel
Day 3: 17 March 2023
Departure from Gangtok to Delhi
Via Bagdogra

Blog Image Charter flight from Delhi ⇄ Bagdogra
Blog Image Bagdogra International Airport

Charter flight is being arranged from Delhi to Bagdogra and vice versa for onward (15 February 2023) and return journey (17 February 2023) of delegates, delegates will also be provided road transportation from Bagdogra to Gangtok. Delegates who would like to avail charter flight are requested to arrive in Delhi on 14 February 2023.

Delegates who would not require charter flight may kindly plan to reach directly to Gangtok on 15 February 2023.

The immigration process will be completed at the first port of entry (International Airport) in India for all delegates. A dedicated lane for immigration is available for all delegates with Diplomatic/official passports.

Accommodation of delegates will be arranged at Hotel Mayfair / Hotel Denzong Regency / Hotel Norkhil Heritage at Gangtok.

Rumtek Monastery: Originally built under the direction of Changchub Dorje, 12th Karmapa Lama in the mid-18th century, Rumtek served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim for some time. It is currently the largest in Sikkim and has a golden stupa that contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. The monastery has within its premises the college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. Rumtek is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, at an altitude of about 1,500 metres (4,900 ft).

MG Road, Gangtok: Road is an open mall or boulevard square which is widely regarded to be the town centre and is the best shopping destination for tourists. With various shops, restaurants, and hotels lined up along both sides, this is the most happening place in Gangtok. This is a great place to take a leisurely stroll or just sit on the benches and revel in the eclectic ambience.