I congratulate and commend GPS on making its maiden journey to Kochi. I am very happy that I could be part of the inaugural function here. They laid out the format in a very proficient manner and had all the major national and international brands exhibiting and participating. The show was an excellent platform for concentrated and goal oriented B2B meetings and I’m sure it bode well for all those who were involved with it. GPS has armed the smaller cities with the means and knowledge now to go toe to toe with the likes of Delhi and Mumbai.
This was my second visit to GPS Chandigarh and it definitely turned out to be worth the while. There were exhibitors who had products and offerings about which I was not aware about previously. So, at the very least, GPS has really enhanced my knowledge and with that I am sure it will also enhance my business. I found new destinations where I could send my clients for MICE and weddings and also found out the right hotels to ensure that my clients get the best out of their stay. I’d like to see GPS become even bigger in its future editions, possibly go international to offer a a closer look at the destinations and properties.
This was an amazing platform for the travel agents like me from Punjab as it is very convenient and the GPS management was highly efficient in ensuring that there was ample time to connect with the exhibitors and understand their products. Personally for me, the ease of interaction was the highlight of the show. The introduction of GPS App which stored all my contacts and exhibitor presentations is going to be a very helpful tool in the future and will give me insights while I promote the destinations and properties to my clients about which I have managed to gain better knowledge. I will surely participate in GPS next year as well.
No other tourism mart or tourism show in India has adopted technology the way GPS has. It shows the forward thinking of the management and also shows the importance they are giving to the Tier-II and Tier-III agents by introducing the product on them. A striking feature of GPS was the ecosystem they created for the right kind of interactions to take place between the buyers and the sellers. We were introduced to so many new facets of tourism, which will help sustain the growing demand from our customers and will allow us to plan a travel that is a departure from the usual.
This was my first time at GPS. I really appreciate the tremendous efforts put in by Harmandeep Singh Anand and his team in educating the travel fraternity. There are a lot of people in the industry who are trying to earn but due to the lack of knowledge, they are not succeeding. This is the platform for them and for all the other Tier-II and Tier-III market travel agents. I too got acquainted with many new faces and their respective offerings including DMCs and destinations which will enable me to give more variety and infuse new elements into my customer’s itineraries.
I had many meaningful interactions with various exhibitors who attended GPS. Thanks to GPS, I am now a lot more confident about GST than I was before. The session on GST on the first day was very informative for all the agents who had attended it. It’s one thing to bring in the sellers to our markets for business but to come down and educate us on the new happenings and right ways to conduct our day to day operations is a totally different thing. GPS has made us feel needed by the industry and has given us a stage where the focus is on us and for that we are very grateful.
The participation at GPS was really good. We had an excellent array of DMCs and a lot of knowledge was exchanged. Coming from the Ludhiana market, a show like this gives me everything that is needed to help grown my business to greater heights. Apart from the product knowledge, I got a very unique and timely chance to learn a lot about GST, its benefits and how to work in accordance with the new policy. I feel GPS has got the size of the exhibition just right. Though we’d like to see a few more sellers, the current size enables a one on one interaction rather than a mass interaction.
GPS this year certainly outdid itself in terms of the number of exhibitors and also the number of buyers it was able to attract to Ahmedabad. I strongly feel it is a very good initiative taken for the travel fraternity. Our industry in Gujarat and the neighbouring states is rapidly growing and with the arrival of such reputed exhibitors and the valuable knowledge they have imparted onto the agents here, it is bound to further stimulate our growth. Sessions on GST and cyber security have aprised us and I am sure the future editions will reach even greater heights.
Managing Committee Member Chairman – CRS & Technology Council, TAAI
Director Devika Travels
Co-founder, BookMyHotelZ.com & Book My Vacationz
Skål International Hyderabad
Valmiki Hari Kishan
Ashwani K Gupta
Managing Partner Dove Travels
E M Najeeb
Chairman – Southern Region IATO
Director Systematic Air Travel
Franchise Partner – Erode Thomas Cook India