HARMANDEEP SINGH ANAND
PS was conceived in 2006; its first edition was held in Nagpur in 2013 and this year we have evolved into a six city exhibition. We saw over 1000 registrations through the e-event created on the App which does not mean that 1000 buyers attended the show on a particular day, but it means that this much interest has been shown in the event. On the first day of the show, the educational sessions saw an average attendance of 250 people while the session on service tax saw around 450 travel agents attending the seminar to discuss their issues regarding service tax and forthcoming GST. The show this year saw participation from 108 exhibitors and over 800 buyers who interacted in B2B meetings and transacted business. The attendees are still getting accustomed to the new digital system and we hope in the upcoming shows the industry will adapt to the same.
All options are integrated in the App. People can exchange business cards, make notes, schedule meetings and even message each other. Those travelling abroad can make use of BrilVoice, also integrated in the App to make phone calls at cheap rates. The App is being upgraded everyday with new features being added like TravelTv.news and TravTalk live feed will be added to keep the industry abreast with travel news; video conferencing will allow agents to block their time slot with exhibitors and have meetings through audio-visual mode in case they cannot make it etc. According to me, GPS does not end on its last day; it begins then. The data is live throughout the year and all attendees can continue to do business and interact with each other through the App, pay sales visit to each other, post product promotions, deals and packages which makes it an active market place for everybody.”