Travel Talk - India - - GLOBAL PANORAMA SHOWCASE -

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.

Shree­ram Pa­tel

Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee Mem­ber Chair­man – CRS & Tech­nol­ogy Coun­cil, TAAI

Manin­der Sag­gar

Di­rec­tor De­vika Trav­els

Ravi Barua

Co-founder, & Book My Va­ca­tionz

EC Mem­ber

Skål In­ter­na­tional Hy­der­abad

Valmiki Hari Kis­han

Ash­wani K Gupta

Man­ag­ing Part­ner Dove Trav­els

E M Na­jeeb

Chair­man – South­ern Re­gion IATO

Anand Jhamb

Di­rec­tor Sys­tem­atic Air Travel

B Sar­a­vana­murthy

Fran­chise Part­ner – Erode Thomas Cook In­dia

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