Ligi George CII

Tamilnadu Travel Mart: Allow this gentleman to have the last word, please!

It has been more than a week since the first ever Tamilnadu Travel Mart came to a close, and it is time now to take stock and retrospect. What are the lessons learnt? How to avoid the glitches? What are the things that are to be done to make the next one in 2019 even better? The dos and don’ts, and so on. And what better time than now to have a word with the man at the helm of affairs, Ligi George, Chairman, TTM Society. Read more.

He gave up his banking job for this and tourists in Chennai say ‘thank God!’ for that!

How did Cenotaph Road in Chennai get its name? What transforms a piece of ordinary rock into a venerable deity? What’s the science behind low-slung houses? What is the link between Indian Railways and the caste system? Ask this storyteller and he will take you around town to ancient places offering you glimpses which you would never have guessed existed.  Read more... 

Storytrails
weddings

Did you know? We didn’t, till Tamilnadu Travel Mart left us wiser!

There is a golden temple in Tamilnadu! Is it Mahabalipuram or Mamalapuram? And why a little Tamilian village is such a big draw? Ocider picks up little-little nuggets of wisdom on Tamilnadu. Read more... 

Tamilnadu Travel Mart: …and that’s what they said!

"I am amazed by the discipline, punctuality and hospitality of the Tamil people. Their sense of dedication is outstanding. It’s that sense that came into play and made this mega mart so successful. It wasn’t an easy job to get more than 34 countries and 500 buyers/sellers all together. Everyone contributed tremendously and the result is here for you to see. If people say Tamilnadu is a sleeping tiger, well, now the tiger has woken up. Watch out for the next TTM." Read more... 

Shreevats Sanjay
Le Pondy

Just what made these five hotels stand out at Tamilnadu Travel Mart

First a disclaimer: This is not about promoting one hotel at the cost of another. Sure there were hotels and resorts at Tamilnadu  Travel Mart that are equally or even better than those listed below, but there was something about them that made us notice them. Read more... 

This South African buyer might just give up spoons and non-veg after her Tamilnadu trip

And oh, she might apply for an Indian passport too. Yes, that’s exactly what Ofiwang Sepotokele, the director of Johannesburg based travel agency, Mcallister Travel, told me. And that's how much she loved Tamilnadu on her maiden tour. Read more... 

Pawan Kumar Gupta

He was so looking forward for the baby’s arrival, but when it came, he couldn’t hold it

He was right in the thick of all action. He had to be - he was among those few who planted the seed and watered it. It was for the first time something like this was happening in Tamilnadu, and he left no stone unturned to make sure that it became a grand success. His belief in the idea was strong, and if indeed it worked, there is no looking back for the travel trade industry. He said the economy will grow and thousands would get jobs! Read more... 

Editorial: What makes Tamil Nadu the next Kerala? You will soon find out.

If there is one takeaway from the first ever travel mart in Tamilnadu, it is that the touristic vocabulary of the state has expanded beyond the tried, tired and tested names to include places that we, especially in the north of India, hardly know about. And while so far, a southern vacation largely meant Kerala among the upwardly mobile, now the vagabond hearts have a choice: Why not Tamil Nadu? Read more...