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Caper draws spotlight on niche program

The travel company will focus on unique segments such as women-only, differently abled and mature groups this year as well as introduce newer experiences and destinations, informs Bharat Bhushan Atree, Managing Director, Caper Travels. Caper Travels has constantly been reinventing their products to better suit the evolving clients and to …

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Product diversification: Need of the hour?

While industry stakeholders believe that niche tourism products will increase foreign tourist arrivals to India, a section feels that it is necessary to reinvent and strengthen the existing offerings rather than venturing into too much diversification and losing focus. Jatinder S. Taneja, Hon. Secretary, PATA India Chapter Infrastructure is the …

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Where’s the MICE & leisure crowd headed?

TravTalk asks a few select travel agents in Mumbai who conduct outbound tours about some of the new and exciting destinations that their clients are asking about for leisure and MICE. Vishal Suri, Managing Director, SOTC Travel Some of the top destinations of 2017 are likely to be Croatia, Vietnam, …

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Budget ensues mixed response from trade

The Union Budget, announced on February 1, 2017, disappointed many in the trade, while others lauded the Ministry of Finance for creating avenues for employment and investment in the industry. Here’s what the stakeholders from various verticals have to say P. P. Khanna, President, ADTOI The Union Budget didn’t directly …

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Morocco catches India’s fancy

In 2017, Tourism Enterprises is planning to add more DMCs to its network and offer Indian outbound tour operators a variety of newer destinations. Tourism Enterprises connects Indian outbound tour operators to its vast network of destination management companies. The company has witnessed two successful years and is looking forward …

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SOTC gears up for a busy summer

While MICE was the strongest segment last year, Amod Thatte, Head Products and Innovation – Outbound division, SOTC, sums up 2016’s highs and lows and reveals plans for the coming season. The year 2016 was problematic for outbound travel. First, there were terror attacks in Europe, and then the rate …

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Domestic market growth @15% in 2017

The year 2016 witnessed a surge in domestic tourism with increasing number of Indians opting for experiential holidays to unexplored domestic destinations. While Jammu and Kashmir saw a decline in tourist figures due to political unrest, the biggest gainers were Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Kerala. ANKITA SAXENA According …

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Tech the way to theme parks

Rajeev Jalnapurkar, CEO, Ramoji Film City, and the only Indian representative in the APAC Government Relations Sub-committee of IAAPA, USA, explains how the attractions industry can help to increase tourist numbers to India. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Virginia USA, represents facility, supplier, and individual members …

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There are no short-cuts to success

Drifting away from the family business, Bharat Bhushan Atree, Managing Director, Caper Travel Company, found his true calling in travel and making people travel. Spearheading one of the biggest inbound travel companies in India, he is today diversifying into many other verticals. What inspired you to make a foray into …

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Tiger conservation imperative

PATA India Chapter and WWF India jointly organised the Bagha Mitra Awards, recognising the work done at the grass-root level by custodians of wildlife, environment and nature. TT BUREAU The awards ceremony, held on December 19, was attended by environmentalists, special interest groups, and governments which promote sustainable tourism, wildlife …

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