‘Prices & lo­gis­tics make ‘Far East’ bet­ter’

With In­dia es­ti­mated to ac­count for over 50mn out­bound trav­ellers by 2020, Des­ti­na­tions be­lieves there is big un­tapped po­ten­tial in the In­dian mar­ket… Pathfind­ers

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Pathfind­ers Des­ti­na­tions is in­vest­ing heav­ily in its own of­fice, sales force and tech­nol­ogy in In­dia, to tap the rapidly grow­ing out­bound mar­ket from the coun­try. Ash­ley Mon­teiro, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Pathfind­ers Des­ti­na­tions said, “In­dia is one of the fastest-grow­ing out­bound travel mar­kets in the world. The UNWTO has pre­dicted that by 2020, In­dia will ac­count for 50 mil­lion out­bound tourists. I be­lieve that the Far East will con­tinue to be the most pop­u­lar, be­cause of prices and lo­gis­tics. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port on the tourism in­dus­try, In­dia ‘re­mains a largely un­tapped travel mar­ket with, by far, the low­est travel pen­e­tra­tion in the ma­jor Asia Pa­cific economies’. Need­less to say, this points to­wards an enor­mous po­ten­tial in the mar­ket.”

Speak­ing on the out­bound travel sea­son this year, Mon­teiro ob­served, “It has been an ‘FIT’ sea­son, and not a ‘groups’ sea­son. So com­pa­nies like Pathfind­ers, that do FIT, thrived. But for most In­dian tour op­er­a­tors, the sea­son has been weaker com­pared to 2012.”

Mon­teiro also said that the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions this sea­son have been Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi be­com­ing pop­u­lar as well due to cheaper air­fares from Eti­had and Emi­rates.

Mon­teiro also opined that the im­pact of the de­pre­ci­a­tion of the ru­pee is be­ing felt from July on­wards. He said, “In­di­ans will have to get used to the fall­ing value of the ru­pee.”

Ash­ley Mon­teiro

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Pathfind­ers Des­ti­na­tions

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