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FCM Travel Asia Appoints Sunny Sodhi As Managing Director of India

FCM, the flagship large corporate division of the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), has appointed Sunny Sodhi as the Managing Director of India. Sodhi has spent more than 26 years in the travel and hospitality industry. He is a seasoned professional with experience establishing businesses and delivering accelerated growth. Previously at OYO, Sodhi was the COO for Luxury and Upscale Business and the Head of Sales for India and Southeast Asia. Before OYO, he was the COO for Yatra for Business (Corporate Travel), a vertical he was instrumental in establishing from the ground up. He was also the Head of Industry Relations for Yatra.com. Sodhi has had successful stints at HRG and CWT India in business, sales, and client management roles. He also actively supports the start-up ecosystem in the country.

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Amadeus appoints Sandeep Dwivedi as Managing Director, Travel Sellers for India and subcontinent

Amadeus has appointed Sandeep Dwivedi as Managing Director – Travel Sellers, India and subcontinent, where he will oversee Amadeus’ commercial activities for travel sellers across the region.    Sandeep takes over responsibilities for India and subcontinent from Ramona Bohwongprasert, SVP, Southeast Asia, Inside Sales & Startups, Travel Sellers, Asia Pacific, Amadeus, who will continue to look after Southeast Asia with an expanded role of Inside Sales & Startups across the entire Asia Pacific region. Bringing decades of travel industry knowledge to Amadeus, Sandeep has extensive experience in various senior leadership roles, most recently in a role for InterGlobe Technology Quotient where he played a pivotal role in driving growth across the Asia Pacific region.    Javier Laforgue, Executive Vice President, Travel Unit & Managing Director, Asia Pacific commented, “The travel industry in India is growing at rapid pace and Amadeus is at the forefront of this progress. We are excited to bring Sandeep onboard as he is a trusted leader that understands the vision of Amadeus in India and the subcontinent. We have been present in the region for over two decades and this appointment further underscores our commitment to serving the technology needs of the travel industry there.” 

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Indian business travellers use 20 different apps throughout their trip: FCM-KPMG study

FCM Travel Solutions and KPMG’s recent whitepaper titled ‘Redefining Corporate Travel Management’ forecasts that there is a growing demand for mobile capabilities in business travel due to higher volumes of millennial travellers. These travellers prefer to research and book both flights and accommodations on mobile. When booking a trip themselves, 60 per cent of India’s millennial business travellers do so online through their desktop or laptop, with 47 per cent of them booking through their smartphones. Travellers today want relevant and timely content at their fingertips. The shifting trends among Indian business travellers, before and during their journeys, is pushing the business travel industry to adapt continually to provide responsive, relevant and timely services for customers. Millennial travellers rely on technology for the entire travel booking process – from online reviews to mobile booking and check-in to staying connected with colleagues in a new city. Majority of travellers prefer online methods of research as it provides greater information, occasionally better deals and higher level of convenience. Hence, providing a seamless and mobile friendly travel experience in a business ecosystem, can help improve an employee’s overall travel experience. Business and leisure travellers alike are demanding greater omni-channel support throughout their travel journey. This presents a significant opportunity for travel management companies, as well as other businesses that support them. Such companies need to provide digital processes and support to enhance their customer’s experience.

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