Tag Archives: Himanshu Patil

Cape Town beckons OTOAI

With a new destination – Stellenbosch – on offer for B2B sessions, this year’s Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) Convention seems to have hit the popularity charts among attendees. Hazel Jain Prepare to be ‘digitalised’! The upcoming Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) convention that will take …

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Kesari targets North India

With a stronghold in the western region of India, Kesari Tours recorded impressive growth in South India after taking initiatives to promote the company. Its next target is North India. TT Bureau The holiday season for Kesari Tours this year has been showing impressive numbers. Himanshu Patil, Director, Kesari Tours, …

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Digitalisation takes centre stage

The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) is set to organise its fourth annual convention in Cape Town, South Africa from August 11-14, 2018 on the theme ‘Digitalisation – The Way Forward’. Amrita Ghosh & Simranjeet Singh Arora The Exceutive Committee of OTOAI led by its President Mahendra Vakharia …

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Convention @ Cape Town

After two back-to-back conventions in Southeast Asia, the Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) has chosen South African port city of Cape town for its grand convention from August 11-14. Hazel Jain The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) has announced that it will conduct its next annual …

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OTOAI EC meets west region

The new Executive Committee team of the Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) descended in Mumbai to meet its members and engage in networking sessions. Hazel Jain It was an informal gathering on a Saturday evening when the new Executive Committee (EC) team headed by its President met members …

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Kesari’s business reflects values

Filling his father’s shoes wasn’t easy but Himanshu Patil, Director of Kesari Tours & Travels, has done it with elan and taken on the mantle of leadership with reverence and responsibility. Hazel Jain When Kesari Patil along with his wife Sunita Patil started a travel company in the early 1980’s …

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Power of Indian outbound

Considering that Indian outbound travellers are now a world force in terms of business provided, should they not leverage it to get a better overall deal? Inder Raj Ahluwalia Mahendra Vakharia, President, OTOAI Countries around the world are aware of India’s enormous outbound tourism potential, and are gearing up to …

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Europe tops Kesari list

Central and Eastern Europe have taken a lead, according to Kesari Tours, followed by South and Central America, indicating that India’s growing outbound is getting more adventurous. While 2017 was comparatively slow for Kesari Tours – one of India’s leading tour operators – mostly because of the after-effects of demonetisation …

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Technology connects, so does travel

Travel is going through a myriad changes owing to the evolving technology and the corresponding new-age customer. Travel agents are now questioning the survival of the offline mode of business in this digital age. Experts and key stakeholders of the travel industry deliberate on the nature of change and opportunities …

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Tier-II & III cities drive outbound market

Outbound tourism industry stakeholders identify emerging trends among Indian travellers: their changing choice of holiday destinations; new outbound market hubs in Tier-II and Tier-III cities; and the various reasons that are leading to these changes. ANKITA SAXENA Shravan Bhalla, General Secretary, OTOAI and CEO, High Flyer European destinations were extremely …

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