Agents

How fresh ideas drive business?

There is nothing wrong with offering run-of-the-mill itineraries to the new traveller, but one needs to keep innovating, fashioning something unique to create fresh demand. TRAVTALK speaks to a few agents creating a niche with their own ideas. Hazel Jain ‘It is better to fail in originality than succeed in …

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The lure of India for Middle East

While India hasn’t traditionally been a luxury destination for the Middle East travellers, it is coming up as an exotic one with its vibrant culture, ancient traditions, and new bespoke experiences such as private dining and tours. India’s transformation into a luxury escape may not be complete just yet, but …

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New step to ease Italy visa

The Visa Section of the Italian Embassy in Mumbai seems to have taken a step in the right direction. TRAVTALK speaks to a few agents in Mumbai and Delhi to find out the ground situation. TT Bureau Many a time, agents are forced to suggest a different European destination to …

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Is recce a lost art?

In the age of familiarisation trips, agent reconnaissance seems to be a lost art. Or is it? We speak to key operators who continue to invest in product by exploring new destinations by themselves. Hazel Jain Given the premium nature of services that the travel agents and tour operators provide, …

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Merlin woos Indians with Ramdev statue

Merlin Entertainment recently unveiled yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s wax statue in Delhi, to be placed at Madame Tussauds New York museum. They are planning to add more Indian figures to augment Indian footfalls at the museum, and are in dialogue with key travel trade partners for the promotion of Madame …

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‘Focus also on value of travellers’

VisitBritain continues to showcase West Midlands to the Indian travel trade through the latest engagement at Showcase Britain 2024 B2B event, as well as the Britain Ireland Marketplace event held in London, followed by an exciting familiarisation tour. Shuja Bin Mehdi, Senior Manager Industry Engagement – India, VisitBritain, shares details. …

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Industry vying for repeat visits

The Indian traveller is evolving and making repeat visits to a destination they want to discover in a different way, for a different reason. Industry leaders share their views. Neil Patil, Founder, CTO & COO, Veena World Repeat travel has become an increasingly popular trend for us, especially to destinations …

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Emirates spreads joy of cricket

Looking at the success of Emirates Travel Agents Cricket Tournament, held recently in Mumbai, the Dubai-based airline plans to hold matches in Delhi and Chennai as well, and may look at engaging trade in other Indian cities too. Hazel Jain The Dubai-based airline has historically been quite prodigious in its …

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‘Dynamics of travel changing’

Parvesh Dhull, MD, Maitri Visa and Travel Service, highlights emerging trends in the travel industry. It’s essential to understand and adapt to the changing dynamics, he suggests. Janice Alyosius Parvesh Dhull, Managing Director, Maitri Visa and Travel Service, sheds light on the significant changes poised to shape the world of …

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Ebix’ experience centre in Delhi

Ebixcash Travel Services and Sheraton Travels have tied up to inaugurate a cutting-edge experience centre in Delhi’s Connaught Place. The centre aims to create a nationwide platform for travel agent community of India. Janice Alyosius Ebixcash Travel Services and Sheraton Travels recently joined hands to open a new experience centre …

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