In­dus­try in­sights by trade

Ex­am­in­ing the cur­rent sta­tus of the in­dus­try, win­ners from In­dia Travel Awards and In­dia MiCE Awards share in­sights on the growth and sug­gest what more can be done to help the in­dus­try de­velop.

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Best Global Dis­tri­bu­tion Sys­tem — Trav­el­port Galileo

San­deep Dwivedi, COO, ITQ be­lieves that the In­dian travel and tourism in­dus­try has seen ex­po­nen­tial growth in the re­cent years of­fer­ing a large mar­ket­place. “The way dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion has trans­formed this en­tire sec­tor is com­mend­able. Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances have made trav­ellers and travel busi­nesses more con­nected with each other now. The coun­try is known to be the most dig­i­tally-ad­vanced trav­eller na­tion as re­ported by a sur­vey con­ducted by Trav­el­port. Nu­mer­ous LCCs, OTAs, TMCs along with gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives to­wards civil avi­a­tion have painted a com­pletely dif­fer­ent pic­ture of the in­dus­try. Keep­ing the tourist add to the all-round de­vel­op­ment.

Fastest Grow­ing B2B Travel Por­tal — JustClick­

Ac­cord­ing to Navjot Bhasin, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, JustClick­Karo. com, the In­dian travel and tourism in­dus­try in the on­line sec­tor is cur­rently reg­u­lar­is­ing it­self. He says, “With more cities get­ting air con­nec­tiv­ity un­der the UDAN scheme, the coun­try is get­ting more up­wards very ag­gres­sively. The only thing which we are miss­ing is a plat­form, which is pro­fes­sion­ally or­gan­ised, so that ev­ery­one in­clud­ing cus­tomers, agents and ven­dors can work in a bet­ter man­ner. We are look­ing for­ward to en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion be­tween all the as­so­ci­a­tions.”

Best Euro­pean NTO — VisitBri­tain

Un­der­stand­ing the nerve of the travel and tourism in­dus­try in Tier-II mar­kets, Vishal Bha­tia, Coun­try Man­ager—In­dia, Visit Bri­tain briefs about the travel trends pre­vail­ing in the smaller cities. “l think, if you look at the mar­ket in cities like Nag­pur from a con­sumer point of view, what we are see­ing is that - cess­ing a lot of in­for­ma­tion on dig­i­tal plat­forms nowa­days, - proach we take, when we are com­mu­ni­cat­ing with them. Peo­ple here in the in­dus­try are look­ing at in­spi­ra­tion on ver­nac­u­lar lan­guages. So, we are also talk­ing to the trade press to cre­ate the de­mand from the con­sumer side,” Bha­tia says. Ritesh Joshi, Head—Cor­po­rate Travel, iCON Plan­ners says that the In­dian travel and tourism in­dus­try is grow­ing ex­po­nen­tially. “To­tal con­tri­bu­tion by travel and tourism sec­tor to In­dia’s GDP is ex­pected to in­crease to ` 32.05 tril­lion by 2028. MiCE seg­ment is see­ing over­all surge in in­bound as well as out­bound mar­ket. We are see­ing con­sid­er­able thrust from air­lines as well ho­tel in­dus­try at a rapid pace to ab­sorb the grow­ing tourism de­mand. We need out able lead­ers,” he says.

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