4k+ delegates for GPS
With over 20,000 one-on-one B2B meetings and nearly 4000 delegates expected in total, GPS 2017 will travel to six cities in this edition starting with Nagpur from January 19-21.
Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) 2017 will be a paperless exhibition. Harmandeep Singh Anand, Co-founder, GPS and Managing Director, Jagsons Travels, informs that the GPS mobile application, available for both Android and iOS, will be a major marketplace for exhibitors and buyers alike where even visiting cards can be exchanged electronically through smartphones and tablets. “We have invested heavily in technology and partnered with Cvent. It would be in the interest of the exhibitors and buyers to have all information electronically available and shared with the attendees. This information would be accessible even postevents, saving a lot of paper in the process,” he says.
The highlight of the GPS App would be access to social media, live wall, message exchange, event surveys, pre-scheduling of meetings, interactive floor plan, details of all presentations and participating organisations. Anand elaborates that the event will stay active even after it's over and attendees can do regular business exchange through the App. “This way they would never lose the contacts of those they met and also interact with the ones they could not meet during the event,” he adds. GPS also plans to launch GPS Membership Card for all registered delegates, which in turn will have tie-ups with various travel and non travel products. The members can avail discounts using their GPS e-cards on their e-Wallets. “The Hosted Buyer Program offers options of pre and post tour in Nagpur. We also plan to have GPS destination workshops with B2B exchange; networking and familiarisation in 2017 at domestic and international destinations. These will be highly subsidised GPS-Educational Destination Workshops (GPS-EDW) for which we will be working closely with various tourism boards, DMCs and hotel chains across the globe.”
“We expect an average exhibitor participation of about 70 in each of the six cities with over 100 exhibitors in Nagpur alone showcasing more than 150 different products and services. Further, the total attendance of more than 4,000 participants is expected with an average attendance of about 700 in each city.” Over 20,000 one-on-one meeting are expected at the three-day event at various cities.
“The future of the tourism industry lies in the Tier-II and Tier-III markets. The intention is to educate and empower the travel fraternity in these markets,” says Anand. He further explains that GPS format is widely known and well accepted across India, leading to substantial business generation. The event will have a day of educational seminars and product presentations and two days of B2B meetings.
Harmandeep Singh Anand Co-founder, GPS and Managing Director, Jagsons Travels