The much-awaited India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2023 kicked off on November 19 at Delhi’s iconic Pragati Maidan, promising an extravaganza of commerce, culture, and connectivity. Running until November 27, this 42nd edition of the IITF, orchestrated by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), is a grand spectacle unfolding in both the recently erected halls of the International Exhibitioncum Convention Centre (IECC) and the familiar spaces within Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Theme: “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: United by Trade”
At the heart of this year’s IITF is a profound theme — “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: United by Trade.” Echoing India’s presence in the G20, where it stands alongside 19 other nations, the theme encapsulates the spirit of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” emphasizing that the world is one family. It’s a resonant reflection of India’s timeless wisdom, showcasing its strengths across diverse sectors. The event invites participants to engage in discussions on key socio-economic issues and play a role in shaping global economic policies.
Entry Tickets: Welcoming All, With Special Privileges
Ensuring inclusivity, the IITF extends a warm welcome to senior citizens and specially-abled individuals, granting them free entry on all days. A valid government ID indicating the date of birth or a disability certificate (for the specially-abled) is required for availing this privilege. Accompanying persons, however, will need to purchase entry tickets.
On Saturdays and Sundays, the general public above 18 years old will be charged Rs 120 for entry, while the younger attendees will have a discounted rate of Rs 60. The diversity in pricing reflects the organizers’ commitment to making the fair accessible to a wide audience. It’s a small investment for an enriching experience amidst the myriad offerings at the trade fair.
Traffic Advisory: Smooth Navigation for Visitors
As Delhi’s bustling heart welcomes the IITF, visitors are advised to plan their journey strategically. With a surge in footfall expected, particularly on weekends, it’s wise to use public transportation or carpool to ease traffic congestion. The venue’s proximity to metro stations provides a convenient commuting option, ensuring a hassle-free entry into the bustling world of trade and commerce.
Timings: Seizing Every Moment of the Extravaganza
To make the most of this expansive event, it’s crucial to be mindful of the timings. The IITF opens its doors at a reasonable hour and operates until the evening, offering ample time for attendees to explore the exhibits, engage in discussions, and forge valuable connections. Plan your visit wisely to maximize the opportunities presented by this annual trade bonanza.
Parking Facility: Ensuring Convenience Amidst the Crowds
For those opting to drive, the organizers have taken care of parking logistics. Adequate parking facilities are available, although it’s advisable to arrive early to secure a convenient spot. A well-organized parking system ensures that attendees can focus on the event without the worry of finding a suitable parking space.
The IITF 2023 promises an immersive experience, blending commerce, culture, and camaraderie. As attendees converge at Pragati Maidan, they embark on a journey of discovery, connecting with the global family of trade and contributing to the shaping of economic narratives. So, grab your tickets, plan your visit, and get ready to be part of this grand celebration of trade and unity.