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2013 has been a good year, par­tic­u­larly for Bri­tish Columbia. De­spite some chal­lenges, we man­aged to in­crease our busi­ness from In­dia to Canada by 7 per cent. Over­all, 2014 is look­ing pos­i­tive and we look for­ward to fu­ture growth. With the new mul­ti­ple-en­try visa pol­icy be­ing an­nounced, most of the travel agents at the show are pos­i­tive re­gard­ing sell­ing

Mon­ica Leeck Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, Asia Des­ti­na­tion Bri­tish Columbia

I can see sig­nif­i­cant changes from the first year. Ear­lier, a lot of oper­a­tors did not know much about Canada, but now four years later, ev­ery­one is sell­ing Canada as a sep­a­rate des­ti­na­tion. For the first time, since I’ve been com­ing here, CTC ar­ranged work­shops with agents in Tier-II cities and Ahmed­abad and Chen­nai. We have a very strong VFR mar­ket and leisure to Van­cou­ver is grow­ing as well. MICE is also pick­ing up.

Dayna Miller Di­rec­tor of Sales, Travel Trade Tourism Van­cou­ver

With the seg­re­ga­tion of the Western and South­ern buy­ers and East­ern and North buy­ers, the event was more fo­cussed now. This is the best way to talk sell­ers on a one–to–one ba­sis. Tour oper­a­tors who are not sell­ing Canada should also be brought in, so that they can gain value and start sell­ing Canada. The air fare is the only ob­sta­cle I face while sell­ing the des­ti­na­tion.

Guldeep Singh Sahni Pres­i­dent OTOAI

In 2013, we had dou­ble-digit growth in terms of busi­ness go­ing to Canada. This year, we have met with some new agents. In­dia, as a mar­ket, is price sen­si­tive, and the agents are putting in one or two Fair­mont ho­tels in an itin­er­ary of 8 or 10 days. Re­gard­ing 2014, we would like to grow 10 to 12 per cent, but the in­di­ca­tions are that it will be a slow year.

Tekla Maira Di­rec­tor, Global Sales – In­dia FRHI

Canada as a coun­try is draw­ing a lot of at­ten­tion. Fo­cus Canada has been an in­ter­est­ing event be­cause we al­ways go back with some new prod­ucts. It’s al­ways an en­light­en­ing and en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. When it comes to growth, it is not just the num­bers, but the kind of pack­ages we put to­gether and sell.

Nagsri Sashid­har Head - Out­bound Hol­i­days Mer­cury Trav­els

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