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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.

Paras Lakhia

Chair­man-Gu­jarat Chap­ter TAAI

Bi­mal Me­hta

Chap­ter Chair­man-Gu­jarat ADTOI

MD

N. Chi­rag Trav­els

Riaz Mun­shi

Aparna V Ba­suma­lik

Coun­try Head Europa­mundo Va­ca­tions

Praveen Kumar

Man­ager Sales Whole­sale, Trav­elAir Rep­re­sen­ta­tions

Neeraj Sharma

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Cruise Car­rot

Sid­dhesh Su­nil Sub­hedar

Sales Man­ager - Travel Trade Ru­dra Mar­ket­ing

De­van­shi Bro­ker

Con­sul­tant- Hol­i­days Uniglobe Utopia Travel

S H Rah­man

Cor­po­rate Di­rec­tor- Sales & Mar­ket­ing, The Park Ho­tels

Ma­hen­dra Vakharia

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Pathfind­ers Hol­i­days

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