HARMANDEEP SINGH ANAND “
Managing Director, Global Panorama Showcase
We recorded a total attendance of over 7,000 registered delegates in the six citis of GPS this year and hosted more than 900 buyers in all these cities. Pune and Kochi were two new additions this year and we received an overwhelming response for both of them with support from the local travel trade associations like TAAI, TAFI, OTOAI, ETAA, and IAAI at the national level as well as TAG, TAAC, PTAA, TAAP, TAAN, LEAF, SIGTOA, TOAT, NIMA, and ATTOI at the local level. We currently have a following of over 15,000 travel trade professionals. The highlight of the educational sessions across all cities starting from Nagpur to Pune was GST since it is a burning issue right now. We had a captive and a very interactive audience. GPS is about empowering agents from Tier-II and Tier-III markets. GPS in Pune was attended by travel agents from Akola, Satara, Sholapur, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Nashik, Jalna, etc. and all neighbouring cities within 300-400 km radius. In Pune, we crossed over 11,000 meetings during the three days. There is a lot of business happening in terms of GST software which is available, like the ClearTax GST software, Infozeal software, CRM software etc. and it is like having all the necessary tools for the back-end for the trade under one roof which could be bundled in a manner that a small travel agent can opt for. In effect, travel agents will end up spending not more than ` 2000-3000 a month to bundle all of them together. If one looks at it, if this spend is spread over a few months, the savings that the agents get in terms of GST Input Tax Credit is huge. GPS has also become a good platform for the travel industry to launch their products. This year, quite a few new products were launched at GPS like Travkart from Holidays by Sahibji; TravoCRM for small entities; Gulliver’s India launched its unique platform exclusively at GPS; FXKart introduced its offers to the market and we too introduced our unique offering and a new vertical- EDWIN (Educational Destination Workshop - International).
We have also tied-up with EasySalary. Thus, travel agents have to look at the various opportunities that GPS is trying to offer them through this platform. We also believe in working hard and partying harder. which also provided the attendees an opportunity to network after-hours. This event is not just about exchanging cards but means serious business. Looking at the performance of GPS in the six cities, we will continue the edition of GPS in 2018 and also plan to add a few more cities like Lucknow and Hyderabad. We have received requests from many cities to host GPS. In 2018, GPS will be about eight cities. We are also looking at starting a smaller format which could be a one-night, two-day format which will have presentations and a small number of exhibitors which will be taken along to cater to cities like Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar or Madurai.
GPS has also become a good platform for the travel industry to launch their products. This year, quite a few new products were launched at GPS like Travkart from Holidays by Sahibji; TravoCRM for small entities; Gulliver’s India launched its unique platform exclusively at GPS; FXKart introduced its offers to the market and we too introduced our unique offering and a new vertical- EDWIN (Educational Destination Workshop - International)