Flag­ging off the in­bound ex­press

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The great out­bound sea­son just reached its peak this sum­mer. This is ex­actly the time when in­bound play­ers start prep­ping up for their sea­son, which usu­ally starts in Oc­to­ber. While GST has put many plans on the back­burner for in­bound tour op­er­a­tors for some time, they are still toil­ing hard to get busi­ness in line for the up­com­ing sea­son. Pro­mo­tions will also start at global shows around the world, in­clud­ing WTM and ITB. Hote­liers too are set for the big in­bound, with new prop­er­ties open­ing at in­ter­est­ing lo­ca­tions. While the usual Golden Tri­an­gle, Goa and the big South are boom­ing with new up­scale prop­er­ties, there is a lot of de­vel­op­ment hap­pen­ing in North­east In­dia as well, with both bud­get and up­scale brands open­ing in many cities there. The Min­istry of Tourism is do­ing its bit by tak­ing up is­sues, in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture and pro­mo­tions, but we can get a good pic­ture about the busi­ness ex­pected only once the GST wave set­tles down, es­pe­cially when In­dia is sup­pos­edly be­com­ing an ex­pen­sive des­ti­na­tion with the new tax regime.

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