We participated in GPS for the second time and as a result, gained a much wider audience for our destination. This year, we focused majorly on encouraging enrolments for the ‘Canada Specialist Programme’ and boost sales to Canada. Our team shared interesting facts to arouse curiosity about the destination and to generate excitement and enthusiasm to sell Canada with greater passion. The Tier-II and III agents were very inquisitive about the destination and the interactive business sessions, especially in Chandigarh and Kochi were highly successful for us.
GPS was a really successful event in Ahmedabad as Gujarat has been a very important destination for us in terms of our hotels and destinations. GPS proved to be a success for the visibility and business of the hotels and destinations we represent. GPS has come a long way since its inception and it has become an earmarked event to be attended every year. We were present in GPS Nagpur last year and GPS Ahmedabad this year and we would love to participate next year as well.
We have been participating in GPS for the last two years and this year we attended the show in Pune as well. We witnessed a year-on-year increase in the number of buyers and exhibitors. GPS is a really good platform for buyers and exhibitors alike, especially of the Tier-II and Tier-III cities. Earlier, we didn’t get an opportunity to meet agents from the smaller cities, but GPS provided a platform to a lot of industry stakeholders to connect and network.
It was great to be associated with such a premier travel trade show like GPS which provided a remarkable platform to showcase the travel products and services that the Philippines has to offer. In our engagements with the Tier-II and III markets, we focused primarily on promoting leisure, small group travel and MICE movements to the Philippines. The reception across the cities was very positive. We definitely feel encouraged by the great connections we have been able to establish through GPS especially from the regions of Pune and Kochi.
We have been participating in GPS for the past few years and it has been a great platform to showcase our product. In 2017, we attended GPS in all six cities starting from Nagpur to Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Kochi and finally in Pune. in all these cities we got an amazing response. We were able to convert a good market share from the overwhelming response from the buyers as well as from the travel trade industry.
We attended GPS for the first time in Pune. I have attended the show in Nagpur earlier and would like to reiterate that GPS is a great platform for the travel industry. The highlight of the show is that we can gather all relevant information from foreign tour packages to customised packages, all under one roof. I would like to add that the planning and execution of all the six-city tours of GPS was done with utmost sincerity and the team did a great job in bringing everyone under one umbrella.
We forayed in to the Gujarat market with GPS. We feel that what we exhibited to these secondary markets in India was accepted really well and now we are looking forward to boost this will provide to our business in the coming days. Just like the metro cities, the Tier-II and III markets have great travellers; it is just the question of creating awareness which has now being done with GPS. Our products were appreciated by the agents and we look forward to better business.
Firstly, I would like to congratulate the GPS team for putting up a great show. GPS has grown leaps and bounds every year and this year too, they put in a lot of effort to bring together a host of buyers and sellers under one roof. India as an outbound travel market has shown tremendous growth. Shows like GPS have helped a lot in taking people from their normal holiday routines to more complex itineraries.
GPS provided us with the opportunity to promote our product and we were able to showcase and demonstrate our offerings to a good number of buyers at various cities. The platform helped us a lot in connecting with many new clients as well. Though the registration charge of our App is ` 5,900, we had an exclusive offer for GPS attendees where they could avail the product free of cost. With this offer, we received a lot of registrations on the spot.
GPS is a great initiative and the idea of conducting a show in Tier-II and Tier-III cities has actually benefitted the travel agents, hoteliers, DMCs and the people of these cities who didn’t understand the potential of the travel industry. The great response from everyone was proof that GPS was a success and I would like to thank GPS for making it to Pune and wish them luck for greater shows in the future. They work on the same theme on which TAAP (Travel Agents Association, Pune) was formed.
We’ve been participating in GPS for the last few years and it’s always been great. This year, our priority was Chandigarh. We didn’t have a very strong foothold in the region and GPS was the perfect opportunity to do so. With Global Destinations being a part of the show, along with other domestic players, GPS turned out to be a good platform for everyone. It was a good experience because GPS invites travel agents from nearby cities as well and it gives us a good opportunity to meet new agents over there.
Creative Tours and Travels (India)
Travel Agents Association of Nashik
Travel Agents Association of Pune
Account Director Destination Canada–India
Vice President, Philippines Tourism Marketing Office, India
CEO - Emerging Markets Trawelltag Cover-More
Vasudha Sondhi Managing Director Outbound Marketing
A Palanisamy Head of Representation India, Citymax Hotels
Sales Team Leader ClearTax
Partner, Avant Garde Consulting – Representative to JA Resorts & Hotels in India
General Manager Global Destinations