Flagging off the inbound express
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.