Working out a German package
At the recently-held Germany Travel Mart (GTM) in Dresden, travel agents from around India explored both new and old products as well as held meetings with service providers from every part of Germany.
If I compare GTM with other international travel shows, it is the only show which gives you a comfort of doing business. The meetings were organised in a systematic way, and in case one was still time to meet any supplier if one found a product interesting. The pre-tours were also great and also gave us a lot of spare time to explore places on our own.
GTM offered a great platform for networking as our forte is MiCE. We were exposed to a lot of new destinations and even discovered Dresden which can be combined in a Europe package along with Prague and Leipzig. Indian food options are in plenty, which plays a crucial part for Indians. In comparison to other travel shows, GTM is very precise. The networking tool we were given allowed us to do our homework well before the meeting.
What I liked about GTM was the excellent organisation of the event. Every region had all its products together and we did not have to run from one point to the other for our meetings. With pre-scheduled meetings, I could meet everyone I wanted to and explore new products in Germany for my clients. A lot of information from tourism boards, hotels and operators helped us in understanding the destinations well. All the evenings offered great networking opportunities and experiences.
- seum was quaint and the educational programmes were informative. The two-day B2B workshops held at Messe Dresden with 300 exhibitors showcasing their products with delegates from the travel industry and international media partners from over 50 countries were new friends and re-acquainted ourselves with many we already knew.
GTM is primarily for the German travel market and this makes it very - ing Germany, it is the best platform as one can see all suppliers, coach companies, operators and hotels, allowing you to directly deal with them and work out your package. About 90 per cent of our business to Germany is MiCE, especially trade fairs. In leisure, we combine Munich in Germany with Eastern Europe.
The best part about GTM’18 was the location—Dresden, a city distinguished by the celebrated art museums and classic architecture of its reconstructed old town. The ambience and atmosphere of the Saxony capital was the perfect venue for GTM. The selection of delegates was done after proper due diligence. Often, such platforms lose participants, but at GTM, the networking sessions were well-planned.
Aman Sharma Manager—Operations & Sales Support, The Intrepid Club, New Delhi
Jagdeep Bhalla Head—Business Development, LTA tours, New Delhi
Urjit Thaker Founder & CEO, World Wide Travels, Ahmedabad
Sweta Mistry Managing Partner, Aspen Vacations, Ahmedabad
Gurpreet Johar Owner Red Carpet Tours New Delhi
Merlyn Kurian Partner, Evershine Holidays, Bengaluru