Category Archives: Agents

9th ADTOI Convention successfully concludes with over 500 registrations

On the concluding day of the convention, PP Khanna, President ADTOI and Convention Chairman said, “The convention is a success, we were expecting around 400 delegates, but have been impressed by over 500 registrations, including some of the local travel agents. Sessions were quite interactive, and people enjoyed the same. It’s very necessary to focus on what the different states are doing to promote domestic tourism. Subsidies the states are providing top private entrepreneurs, investment plans and success stories of PPP were deliberated upon in the sessions. Full halls themselves indicate the popularity of the sessions.” Elaborating on trends in domestic tourism he said, “An important trend is to work with the state to promote domestic tourism in the state. For developing tourism, the requirement is of better infrastructure in the state, cleanliness, safety and security, availability of amenities, among others. Essentially education and  skill development is required in the states  to promote domestic tourism. State specialists programmes are also required so that the travel agents and tour operators can be imparted more knowledge about the destination and they become specialists to promote their states. Each and every state in India has so much to offer. Travel agent need to connect with their counter parts more, as knowledge excellence goes till the last point. Gujarati tour operators can fabricate the packages for pan India tour operators.

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9th ADTOI Convention kicks off in Ahmedabad

The 9th annual convention of Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), supported by Gujarat Tourism as host state, was inaugurated at Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad. Speaking at the ceremony, Vasan Aahir, Minister of State for Tourism, Gujarat, said, “We are very glad that ADTOI has brought their annual convention to Gujarat. Rann of Kutch is the ideal example where tourism has been a means for developing an undeveloped destination, while giving employment to many people. We are developing many destinations in a similar manner in Gujarat.” ADTOI also unveiled its new logo at the inauguration ceremony. PP Khanna, President, ADTOI, welcomed the delegates at the convention and felicitated the dignitaries, which included Pradipsinh Jadeja, Minister of State- Home, Energy, Parliamentary Affairs, Law, Justice (Minister of State), Police housing, Border security, Civil defense, Gram Rakshak Dal, Jail, Prohibition and Excise, Coordination between voluntary organization, Non Resident Gujarati Department, Protocol (all independent charge), Government of Gujarat; Aashima Mehrotra, Director, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; S.J. Haider, Principal Secretary, Gujarat Tourism; Jenu Devan, Managing Director, Gujarat Tourism; and Ashwani Lohani; CMD, Air India.

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Over 1800 meetings expected at Travel Luxury Show

More than 1800 meetings are expected over two days at the sixth edition of Travel Luxury Show, scheduled from September 14-15, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Jaipur. Over 60 buyers and thirty exhibitors will be part of the event. The show offers participants an opportunity to have one-to-one meetings with exhibitors belonging to luxury hotels, destinations promoting luxury holidays and other products targeting high-end travellers from the country. The event allows exhibitors to interact with travel trade luxury buyers across India, focusing on Tier II, III cities along with Tier I cities. Guaranteeing over 60 pre-scheduled B2B meetings per exhibitor, the table-top event acts as the perfect business platform for attendees. Apart from that industry veterans attend the show as keynote speakers. There is a networking dinner as well, where participants get to meet and interact with more buyers.

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IATO to promote outbound tourism to Dubai, Thailand with key partners

The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) will now start promoting outbound tourism to neighbouring countries in a bid to help its members expand their horizon of business as well as improving bilateral ties with the countries to get more tourists to India and simultaneously send tourists from India to such destinations. The association invited Dubai Tourism, TCEB and Thai Airways to discuss their plans to work together. The association is also working to promote outbound operations for its members with an intent to develop a model of cross-border tourism. In a first such interactive meeting organised for IATO members who do outbound or want to do outbound, IATO introduced its members with the idea and intent to promote outbound tourism as well. Sharing more details, Rajiv Mehra, VP, IATO & EC Liaison, Outbound Tourism Promotion Committee said that they are first looking to target the neighbouring countries like Thailand, Dubai, Vietnam and can further move on to other countries. “Let us learn things and promote India for inbound tourism to our neighbouring destinations and also for outbound tourism so that more Indian tourists travel abroad. Whatever less business is coming to India, let us get it filled up with such initiatives,” he said. The association is planning to organise such ‘Outbound Knowledge Forum’ bi-monthly now on with talks going on with at least three other NTOs.

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ETAA North announces new committee members

ETAA North India Chapter during its educational tour to Mashobra announced its two new committee members. The announcement was made by ETAA’s Director National Board & Chairman North India Chapter Sangeeta Manocha.  Punit Bhasin has been elected as Joint Secretary and Dinesh Kumar has been elected as the Treasurer. The complete committee is as follows: Sangeeta Manocha –  Director National Board & Chair Person – North India Region Naveen Manchanda – General Secretary  Dinesh Kumar  – Treasurer Saurabh Tuteja – Joint Secretary Punit Bhasin – Joint Secretary Arush Mittal – Head – Alliances Gaurav Arora – Head – Events

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TAAI Punjab Chapter elects its new committee

Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) Punjab Chapter held its Annual General Meeting on 2 August 2019 in Jalandhar. The meeting elected Gurjeet S.Sekhon of Ace Vacations & Travels, Amritsar as its Chairman, Narinder Davesar of Bharti Travel Advisor (Regd.) as its Secretary and Pankul Sharma of Sharma Travels, Jalandhar as Treasurer for a period of two years. TAAI is India’s premier, nodal, largest and oldest Travel & Tourism Association.

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15 million trips booked on Expedia TAAP

Expedia TAAP (Travel Agent Affiliate Programme), a booking engine which connects travel agents to Expedia Group’s global portfolio of accommodation, flights, packages, car rentals and in-destination activities has milestone of 15 million cumulative trips booked on its platform. Expedia TAAP, which is part of Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS), one of the B2B brands of Expedia Group, used by over 35,000 agencies in over 30 countries Diego Pedrani, Senior Director, Retail Distribution, Expedia Partner SolutionsTAAP brand, says: “We are delighted to mark such a significant moment forExpedia TAAP. Ourpowerful, ready-built agent booking engine has experienced dramatic growth since its creation. TAAP empowers travel agencies togrow their business by offering their travelers competitive rates and availabilities sourced by Expedia Group. Expedia TAAP also offers popular features such as in-destination experiences, last-minute availabilities and competitive package rates.”Pedrani continues: “A year ago, TAAP came under the dedicated care of our team at EPS which has provided additional resourcefor the platform to continue to thrive. As a result, the program has experienced accelerated growth, demonstrating just how much the platform unlocks the power of Expedia Group for our travel agent partners.EPS is laser-focused on providing the expertise, personalised support, technology and tools to enable our travel agent partners to reach their full potential.”

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GPS kick-starts in Kochi, focusses on environment and traveller etiquette

The first day of GPS Kochi set the tone of the show by opening with a session that laid a strong emphasis on the environment and how all stakeholders in the tourism industry can do their bit by being a little mindful and aware. Harmandeep Singh Anand, Managing Director, Global Panorama Showcase (GPS), said, “We had an entire session in the morning that focuses on simple do’s and dont’s for water conservation and importance of rain-water harvesting for a responsible citizen. We also spoke about the dangers of plastic use and how it can be easily avoided. I’m a polymer engineer by education and I understand how toxic plastic can be if not used wisely.” He said the need of the hour is for us not just as tourism stakeholders but also as citizens of this world to go back to the age when we used recyclable things. “We also spoke about how operators can educate their clients on what they can take with them from a hotel and what they cannot. Some times it’s just a matter of informing them and being guided. They do it out of ignorance. So we played a video that addresses this issue as well,” Singh said. The Kochi edition saw high attendance from buyers coming from all over Kerala such as Madurai, Coimbatore, Thissur, Trivandrum, Calicut, Kannur, Trichy, Salem, Tirur,  Erode, and Kozhikode. Dates for EcoCONNECT will be announced during the Kolkata show.

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Travel Designer Group Goes Green

Taking ‘climate change’ as a matter of concern, Travel Designer Group on 27 July 2019 set an example by creating a “GO Green” atmosphere in its Corporate Office in Ahmedabad by bringing in potted plants in its premises. Go Green initiative started with the objective of every family member of Travel Designer Group being cautious over their carbon footprint imposition. Acts of green can be made simple with recycling, reducing and reusing resources in both home and office to imbibe go green habits. Also, the motive was to contribute and continue nurturing the nature which will help all the employees in getting fresh air and energy. The enthusiastic employees of the company wore green colored clothes and participated in the event with full dedication. The plants were placed at the respective spots and the employees promised to take care of it too, and as the tradition goes, pictures were taken with placards having slogans related to the issue. The event came to an end with a “Slogan Writing Competition” that was conducted for the employees. The various departments competed with each other and the best one was given gifts and hampers. Like, Travel Designer Group, other travel companies should also come up with such initiatives and do their part in contributing to environmental conservation. Kudos to Travel Designer Group for their participation in this noble cause.

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