Stand­ing as tall as a ‘Mi­nar’

Set to in­tro­duce in­no­va­tive prod­ucts for at­tract­ing more trav­ellers, H S Dug­gal, MD, Mi­nar Group, talks about the com­pany’s growth plans. Mov­ing for­ward, he claims that the com­pany has a bright fu­ture ahead.

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It has been a pos­i­tive and suc­cess­ful year for Mi­nar Trav­els, es­pe­cially af­ter its lux­ury travel brand — Vi­lasa — has be­come a Trav­eller Made DMC, in­forms H S Dug­gal, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mi­nar Group. He fur­ther adds, “We are do­ing well with our new mar­kets. At the same time, our out­bound tours depart­ment has been strength­ened, and we look for­ward to do­ing bet­ter this in full swing, we have cre­ated more jobs in the process. Shar­ing his strate­gies about boost­ing both in­bound as well as out­bound ver­ti­cals fur­ther, Dug­gal says, “We have de­vel­oped a fresh team that is fo­cused on prod­uct de­velop ex­pe­ri­ences and des­ti­na­tions. Fol­low­ing this spirit, we’ve re­vamped our out­bound un­der the name ‘Wish­cover – In­spired Jour­neys by Mi­nar’, and we will also look af­ter the MiCE divi­sion. An­other ver­ti­cal, El­bon Con­fer­ences and Events is steadily in­creas­ing its mar­ket share, has han­dled a few con­fer­ences and will be man­ag­ing more in the re­main year. The fu­ture looks bright for this ver­ti­cal with events in line for the next two years.” Wish­cover is ded­i­cated to leisure travel for the In­dian clien­tele to out­bound and do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions, shares Dug­gal, adding “We’ve named it In­spired Jour­neys be­cause we want to of­fer ex­pe­ri­en­tial trav­el­ling to clients where they can lit­er­ally live, breathe and soak ev­ery mo­ment. From the souks of Mo­rocco to the beaches of Bali, we cu­rate itin­er­ar­ies ac­cord­ing to what the client wants.” He also in­forms that the in­bound depart­ment has bagged more busi­ness from new mar­kets. The com­pany is now tar­get­ing to in­crease its busi­ness in North­east In­dia. “We have plans while strength­en­ing our reach in Mumbai and Hy­der­abad,” he men­tions. Ac­cord­ing to Dug­gal, “As out­bound travel from In­dia is grow­ing at a phe­nom­e­nal rate, with more and more peo­ple re­al­is­ing the value of trav­el­ling, In­dian trav­ellers are now ma­tur­ing, will­ing to ex­plore new des­ti­na­tions like Helsinki and Baku. Cruise tourism is one of the fastest-grow­ing seg­ments of tourism in­dus­try, with more peo­ple opt­ing for cruise pack­ages. The UN World Tourism pre­dicts that In­dia will ac­count for 50 mil­lion out­bound tourists by the year 2020.” Keep­ing 2019 in sight, he shares, “The tar­gets for 2019 are al­ready in place. We’re gear­ing up to ex­pand our out­bound seg­ment. With more and more In­di­ans trav­el­ling each year, we’re also in­clud­ing more off­beat des­ti­na­tions in our prod­ucts. While at Mi­nar, we will fo­cus on all kinds of busi­ness, Vi­lasa will only stress on qual­ity and high-yield trade. Be­sides, with dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion grow­ing rapidly, we plan to col­lab­o­rate with artists and blog­gers too.” - tions as a ma­jor chal­lenge, Dug­gal points out, “In some coun­tries, the sales have slowed down, im­pact­ing our tar­gets and fore­casts. High taxes on ho­tels and el­e­vated prices of fuel and visa fee con­tinue to make In­dia an ex­pen­sive des­ti­na­tion, com­pelling some to choose neigh­bour­ing coun­tries as their hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions, which are com­par­a­tively cheaper.”

While at Mi­nar, we will fo­cus on all kinds of busi­ness, Vi­lasa will only stress on qual­ity and high-yield trade keep­ing off­beat des­ti­na­tions in mind

He urges the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia to lower charges on land­ing, park­ing, nav­i­ga­tion and ground-han­dling on In­dia. Dug­gal also hopes that Mi­nar, along with all its ver­ti­cals, will have an in­creased pres­ence at all in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic travel-re­lated fairs and ex­hi­bi­tions.

HS Dug­gal MD Mi­nar Group

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