Kyr­gyzs­tan opens skies for In­dian trade

To mark the 25th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic ties with Kyr­gyz Repub­lic, the Em­bassy of In­dia in Kyr­gyzs­tan and Air Manas hosted In­dian travel trade in Bishkek for B2B ses­sions. In­dus­try stake­hold­ers tell TRAVTALK how tourism ties be­tween the two coun­tries c

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It's for the fourth time we or­gan­ised this, but not on such a big scale. It is very im­por­tant for peo­ple to know about our cul­ture, our peo­ple, and what kind of ex­pe­ri­ence In­dia can of­fer. From that point of view, road­shows of this scale are very im­por­tant. We are very prompt and flex­i­ble in giv­ing visas and usu­ally give it in a day. eTV will also help, es­pe­cially for peo­ple who are liv­ing in dif­fer­ent re­gions and we will go into that when even Kyr­gyzs­tan agrees for it. In­volv­ing the trade is very chal­leng­ing as Kyr­gyzs­tan is a land­locked coun­try, the route is a bit longer. Our fo­cus is now how to make travel to Kyr­gyzs­tan quicker and faster, what are the bot­tle­necks to ad­dress, to link it with in­ter­na­tional north-south trans­porta­tion cor­ri­dor. Last year we had 45 pharma com­pa­nies com­ing to Kyr­gyzs­tan and out of that we are go­ing to have a joint ven­ture with a Gu­jarat­based pharma com­pany. As part of med­i­cal tourism this year 100 pa­tients have gone for treat­ment as In­dia is very cost ef­fec­tive. Hos­pi­tal groups like Apollo, Medanta, For­tis, Jaypee and Wock­hardt are very ac­tive here. They some­times op­er­ate OPDs here, or through telemedicine net­work some hos­pi­tals con­duct live surg­eries from In­dia with hos­pi­tals in Kyr­gyzs­tan.

We want to in­crease the desti­na­tions we op­er­ate to in In­dia, es­pe­cially for the win­ter sea­son from Goa, Hy­der­abad, and Ker­ala. If there are pas­sen­gers be­tween Mum­bai and Bishkek we would cer­tainly start op­er­a­tions there. We have a Boe­ing 737-800 new gen­er­a­tion air­craft that can fly six hours dis­tance, which is perfect for Delhi, Doha. Maybe we can start Ker­ala soon. We are plan­ning a code share with Malindo Air. Our GSA in In­dia is work­ing to­wards in­volv­ing the trade. Next year again we will have our road­show in Delhi.

Kyr­gyzs­tan is the perfect des­ti­na­tion for hon­ey­moon­ers, fam­ily, & MICE tourists. This des­ti­na­tion has a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties and sight­see­ing places like Issyk-Kul and Bishkek. It's a new up­com­ing des­ti­na­tion and if lit­tle ef­forts are put into mar­ket­ing this it can de­velop very well. The flight be­tween Delhi and Bishkek is only three hours so trav­el­ling is easy. We want to have B2B ses­sions be­tween travel com­pa­nies in In­dia and Kyr­gyzs­tan here as well as in our coun­try. We are plan­ning to have these ses­sions in April.

Ini­tially when Air Manas started op­er­a­tions from Delhi to Bishkek there were only a cou­ple of agents who knew about this part of CIS re­gion. Now we can proudly say that we have been suc­cess­ful in cre­at­ing aware­ness for the air­line and the des­ti­na­tion pan In­dia through our mar­ket­ing strate­gies. We have suc­cess­fully or­gan­ised two road­shows in In­dia which have proved ben­e­fi­cial in cre­at­ing aware­ness among the trade fra­ter­nity and our tar­get mar­ket. There have been many del­e­gates vis­it­ing Kyr­gyzs­tan for tie-ups in var­i­ous busi­ness sec­tors. The Kyr­gyzs­tan Gov­ern­ment needs to de­vise and es­tab­lish favourable poli­cies in or­der to en­cour­age and in­crease trade and in­vest­ment in­clud­ing tourism be­tween the two coun­tries.

Sharad Goel Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Lark Lo­gis­tics, Air Manas' GSA in In­dia

Jayant Kho­bra­gade Am­bas­sador of In­dia to Kyr­gyzs­tan

Il­gar Alptekin Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Air Manas

Ga­jesh Gird­har Owner & CEO, Pary­atan

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