Ode to In­dian out­bound

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Come May and the out­bound mar­ket will re­turn in full swing. In fact, with May and June be­ing the ma­jor travel and spend­ing months for In­di­ans, out­bound travel agents and tour op­er­a­tors are busier than ever. Looks like ev­ery­body has come out of de­mon­eti­sa­tion blues. When de­mon­eti­sa­tion struck, it was wor­ri­some as to how it would af­fect the summer busi­ness. How­ever, con­trary to ear­lier as­sump­tions, out­bound summer travel did not re­ally take a hit from cur­rency crunch, as book­ings are go­ing on even in the lux­ury long-haul seg­ment. Right from travel ex­hi­bi­tions to road­shows, to NTOs, and the agen­cies, ev­ery­one is busy pre­par­ing for the next two months, es­pe­cially when the most dreaded GST bill is set to come into ef­fect in July. How­ever, even that won’t de­ter the Great In­dian Out­bound mar­ket, as In­di­ans are ready to spend for new ex­pe­ri­ences in new des­ti­na­tions out of the coun­try.

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