En­cash­ing the fes­ti­val sea­son

With the fes­ti­val of lights ex­pected to bring in huge busi­ness to the In­dian tourism in­dus­try, In­dia Travel Award win­ners share their plans and nd ex- pec­ta­tions pec­tat for the on­go­ing fes­ti­val sea­son.

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En­tre­pre­neur p of the year y — KD Singh (North 2017)

Ac­cord­ing to KD Singh, Founder and Pres­i­dent, Trav­elBullz, the com­pany wit­nessed an in­crease of 20-25 per cent in guests trav­el­ing to its des­ti­na­tions dur­ing Dussehra and Durga Puja. He says, “Look­ing ahead, Christ­mas and New Year are the peak trav­el­ling months for us. From fam­i­lies trav­el­ling from In­dia, we ex­pect a growth of around 40-50 per cent on ex­ist­ing guest’s ar­rivals. Oc­to­ber to March, as the ma­jor wed­ding sea­son in In­dia, at­tracts a lot of hon­ey­moon­ers to our des­ti­na­tions. We ex­pect to serve ap­prox­i­mately 20,000 trav­ellers in the third quar­ter of 2018. We are fo­cus­ing on fam­ily and hon­ey­moon ex­clu­sive pack­ages.”

Best Tour Op­er­a­tor- In­bound — A-La-Carte Tours (North 2017)

Atul Khanna, Gen­eral Man­ager—Sales, A-La-Carte Tours feels “The rate of the dol­lar has in­creased all over the world with busi­ness rolling ev­ery­where. We are ex­pect­ing that by De­cem­ber, it should come down and busi­ness will be­come smooth again. If the cur­rency re­mains sta­ble, travel book­ings are not af­fected. Re­gard­ing the spe­cial plans, we have gone ahead and ne­go­ti­ated deals with var­i­ous ho­tels to boost book­ings. We are en­ter­ing a tie-up with them and ar­rang­ing the rooms so that we can sell them to our part­ners at low prices,” he says.

Best Travel CRM — De Box Global (North 2017)

For Syed A Asim, Di­rec­tor, De Box Global, the fes­ti­val sea­son bring hopes for all the busi­ness in In­dia. He tells, “From Di­wali to Christ­mas and New Year, it’s high time for our In­dus­try to make hay. Since we are in the busi­ness of help­ing travel in­dus­try in achiev­ing more busi­ness and grow by or­gan­is­ing their pro­cesses, we have launched many new tools, re­ports cus­tomers get the best sup­port dur­ing their peak sea­son. I would - sis­tant and CEO Re­port in our TravCRM.

Best Lux­ury Camp — The Ul­ti­mate Trav­el­ling Camp (North 2017)

Dhun Cordo, Co-Founder, TUTC, re­veals that her com­pany has in­tro­duced early bird dis­counts and spe­cial fes­tive fam­ily of­fers for its camps. “The con­cept of fes­tive trav­el­ling is fast pick­ing up with In­dian trav­ellers. Fes­tive com­pan­ion of­fers, dis­counted air­fares, gift cards and spe­cial pack­ages by ho­tels are fur­ther en­cour­ag­ing trav­ellers to make the most of the fes­tive sea­son. It is also a time when In­dian trav­ellers seek to travel to do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions. With our Ko­hima camps in Na­ga­land and Jaa­gir Lodge in UP start­ing op­er­a­tions in Novem­ber, we have re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse in terms of in­quiries from trav­ellers,” shares Cordo.

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