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.

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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

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