The opportunity that GPS provided for Tier-II and Tier-III cities was amazing this year. The sixcity event received a good response at each of its editions. We attended the event for the first time and I could very well say that the market in the secondary and tertiary cities is flourishing much better than that in the metro cities. For travel agents and suppliers, Tier-II and Tier-III markets have been key areas that they have been trying to tap into and GPS provided them with the perfect stage to showcase their ideas and get more traction.
GPS Ahmedabad was very well-organised and done better from the last edition. There were a lot of quality suppliers and more than 600 registered visitors. It turned out to be a fantastic platform for everyone to interact and network. TAAI – Gujarat Chapter was actively involved with GPS and would continue to do so with regular participation and meetings among its members to attend the show and involve in interactive sessions as well.
We attended GPS for the second time and were able to build a very strong network. GPS has become quite popular among the travel trade industry experts and newbies alike. GPS 2017 was a successful event as the market has grown tremendously in Kolkata. the show took place at a time when no other travel marts were taking place which enabled GPS to get a larger reach. Our perfectly prized packages and flexibility during tours were taken up well and we are expecting a good season ahead.
GPS in Pune was a really nice event. It was a platform for the agents to interact with destination management companies (DMCs), tourism boards, media and publications to increase their visibility. We had attended the earlier edition of GPS in Nagpur, but the GPS edition in Pune was much bigger and better. We received some really nice deals and we would love to come back for more networking next year.
For an organisation like ours, which has recently ventured into the market, GPS has been an excellent platform for us. We got a chance to showcase our offerings to every travel agent who were quite receptive. Though the cruise market in India is an upcoming market, it has taken some giant strides lately and in the near future it will surely be amongst the strongest segments in the tourism industry. We got a chance to share product knowledge with Tier-II and III markets which have for long remained oblivious to its existence.
We were very happy and satisfied with the GPS event which took place this year at six-cities. The show has managed to elevate itself tremendously in 2017. There were a lot of innovations and the sessions on GST among other major issues related to the travel industry which were discussed at great length. The other major issues was cyber security and that too was dealt with very smartly. Events like GPS offer a good networking opportunity. We were able to meet many tourism boards and DMCs. All in all, it was a really good event and we were happy to be a part of GPS.
GPS was amazing this year. From the presentations to the products and to the discussions, they were all very educative. The technology that GPS came up with this year would help the agents a lot. It would give us the mileage that we needed. There were a lot of agents and companies that we didn’t know about, but we got to know them through GPS and that was the best part about the event. We would love to see more participation in the next year’s event as this would boost the industry in the Tier-II and Tier-III cities that GPS is aiming for.
This was the first time we participated in GPS and we were really impressed with the kind of technology that they used. The entire exhibition was paperless and all the attendees could connect via the App. This efficient use of technology was the differentiator from the exhibitions that I’ve attended till date. It was a really good show. We have a lot of projects in Kolkata and across India that are coming up and GPS was really helpful in connecting us with different exhibitors and exchange information for mutual benefit.
At this year’s GPS, we got to know that The Philippines is not just a good destination for MICE travel, but is also quite famous amongst the families as a holiday destination. We talked to a lot of DMCs and boards and networked well with a number of suppliers at the show. The best part about the GPS is its App. One could easily connect with various travel agents, tourism boards and destination management companies (DMCs). Sharing the contact details via the App is a very handy way to keep all contacts in one place. We would love to participate again next year.
In Tier-II and Tier III-cities, Pune is an upcoming market and the effort made by GPS to tap this market is a very positive sign for the Indian travel industry. We participated in GPS for the first time and were presented with good networking opportunities with different hotels and tourism boards. We visited many booths and were provided with a lot of information for our destinations. We are a DMC for the UAE and at GPS, we were able to gather good queries for our destinations. We also got queries for off-beat destinations.
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