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.

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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

Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusap­ati

Min­is­ter of Civil Avi­a­tion Govern­ment of In­dia

Romit Theophilus

Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing and Sales Of­fice In­dia, Ger­man Na­tional Tourist Of­fice (GNTO)

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