Focus on remote connectivity
The PHD Aviation Summit 2016 saw the who’s who of the aviation industry coming under one roof, and discuss how regional and remote connectivity can be bolstered.
The regions which are most favoured by the Indian travellers in Germany are South West Germany and South of Germany. Amongst the bigger cities, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden and Berlin are frequented by the Indian travellers. Neuschwanstein Castle, Zugspitze, Black Forest Highlands and Europa Park amongst many others are popular attractions for this market, according to Romit Theophilus, Director of Marketing and Sales Office India, German National Tourist Office (GNTO). Germany fared well with regard to tourism in 2015. Elaborating on the same, Theophilus says, "Even during testing times the number of visitors to Germany has stayed stable. We promoted the theme 'Traditions and Customs' in 2015, which was well received by the travel trade and travellers alike."
Talking about Germany being a favourable destination, he says, "We witnessed an increased awareness amongst the trade and travellers on Destination Germany as a leisure destination and we hope this interest will grow in the coming years."
The PHD Aviation Summit 2016 was inaugurated in the presence of Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India. Addressing the gathering at the summit, the Minister said that it is important to connect regional and remote destinations via air not only to make travelling simpler for foreign tourists but also to promote domestic tourism. Also present during the event were K. Narayana Rao, Chairman, Civil Aviation Committee; Gopal Jiwarajka, Senior Vice President, PHD Chamber; Dr. Burak Akçapar, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey; Anil Khaitan, VP, PHD Chamber. Other sessions also saw Sunil Kumar, President, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI); Vipin Vohra, Convener – Air Freight Council, Freight Forwarders’ Association in India (FFFAI) & Past President – ACAAI; Anil Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation; Bhupesh Joshi, Co-Chairman, PHD; and Kapil Kaul, CEO, South Asia, CAPA.
We promoted the theme 'Traditions and Customs' in 2015, which was well received by the travel trade
Minister of Civil Aviation Government of India
Director of Marketing and Sales Office India, German National Tourist Office (GNTO)