HARMANDEEP SINGH ANAND “

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Global Panorama Show­case

Travel Talk - India - - 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)

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