OTOAI all set for RAK

The 3rd Convention of Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) will be held from September 13-16, at Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, where the Indian travel trade will get to explore a new destination.

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The convention will bring together 160-170 delegates from the outbound tourism industry, where 95 per cent of the delegates will be the active members of OTOAI and a few will be the allied members, informs Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, OTOAI. “The delegates can expect a wide spectrum of insights to enhance their knowledge and efficiency and gain a competitive advantage. As we navigate in an ever-changing environment, the convention is designed to understand the future vision of the travel industry and what we can do in light of these rapid developments. Apart from this, the delegates will get an opportunity to explore a new destination that they can add to their portfolio of products,” says Sahni.

The theme of the convention is ‘Changing Times Creating Opportunities’ and business sessions will focus on issues that the tourism industry is grappling with on a daily basis and will also deliberate on the opportunities that lie ahead, points out Riaz Munshi, Vice President and Chairman Convention, OTOAI. “This year’s convention is looking to address the most important issues impacting travel business today. It is a platform for constructive networking, strengthening relationships among members and reinforcing OTOAI’s aim to foster an environment of collaboration with various stakeholders through our ideology of collective ambition,” says Munshi. He further elaborates that the convention will be very different this year as compared to its last edition. Tourism dynamics are changing rapidly and today’s environment presents real opportunities and challenges that have made expertise, experience and insights indispensable. Munshi adds, “Thus, the theme and discussions are going to differ from the previous years, being more inspirational,

The theme of the convention is ‘Changing Times Creating Opportunities’ and business sessions will focus on issues that the tourism industry is grappling with on a daily basis and will also deliberate on the opportunities that lie ahead, points out Riaz Munshi, Vice President and Chairman Convention, OTOAI. “This year’s convention is looking to address the most important issues impacting travel business today. It is a platform for constructive networking, strengthening relationships among members and reinforcing OTOAI’s aim to foster an environment of collaboration with various stakeholders through our ideology of collective ambition,” says Munshi. He further elaborates that the convention will be very different this year as compared to its last edition. Tourism dynamics are changing rapidly and today’s environment presents real opportunities and challenges that have made expertise, experience and insights indispensable. Munshi adds, “Thus, the theme and discussions are going to differ from the previous years, being more inspirational,

He further elaborates that the convention will be very different this year as compared to its last edition. Tourism dynamics are changing rapidly and today’s environment presents real opportunities and challenges that have made expertise, experience and insights indispensable. Munshi adds, “Thus, the theme and discussions are going to differ from the previous years, being more inspirational, thought provoking and relevant to the current scenario. The key message that we would like to convey to our members is that there are ample opportunities in the trade and it is crucial to identify the key areas of strength and understand new prospects around them.”

“The convention will introduce new markets to the tour operators which will add value to the existing markets” – Guldeep Singh Sahni, DDP Traiblazer and President, OTOAI

Sahni informs that the delegates will be staying at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria, a stunning beachfront resort surrounded by deserts, mountains and sea. Following the sessions, the delegates will have time to explore the key attractions in Ras Al Khaimah. “The intention of the convention is also to introduce new markets to the tour operators which will add value to the already existing markets that they sell. If one looks at the statistics, there is a huge gap between the number of Indians travelling to Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah and we are looking at utilising that for the benefit of the tour operators so that they can extend their tours to this destination, with an added cost. Those travelling to Dubai are also looking for an add-on product and Ras Al Khaimah is a perfect fit. I feel a six night itinerary is perfect where travellers can explore three nights in Dubai and the rest in Ras Al Khaimah as the destination is replete with beaches, mountains, adventure activities and resorts that promise a relaxing holiday,” says Sahni.Commenting on the reasons to choose Ras Al Khaimah as the convention location, Munshi elaborates that OTOAI always looks for destinations that it needs to push from the Indian market. “Ras Al Khaimah is a progressive hub of culture and tourism. We chose it to showcase the magnificent landscapes, coastlines and rich history and culture to our delegates so that both, the industry and the members can benefit mutually. Ras Al Khaimah will also gain exposure from branding in the Indian outbound travel industry which in turn will increase their visibility and hopefully give them a huge leap in terms of the number of visitors from India,” says Munshi. Sahni further adds that

Commenting on the reasons to choose Ras Al Khaimah as the convention location, Munshi elaborates that OTOAI always looks for destinations that it needs to push from the Indian market. “Ras Al Khaimah is a progressive hub of culture and tourism. We chose it to showcase the magnificent landscapes, coastlines and rich history and culture to our delegates so that both, the industry and the members can benefit mutually. Ras Al Khaimah will also gain exposure from branding in the Indian outbound travel industry which in turn will increase their visibility and hopefully give them a huge leap in terms of the number of visitors from India,” says Munshi.Sahni further adds that

Sahni further adds that initially they will be marketing the destination to FIT travellers, honeymooners, families and luxury travellers in India and soon will venture into MICE and wedding segment of travel. “Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has come forward in a big way and is supporting the trade in India. I would suggest that we should collaborate with them and help push the destination in the Indian market with our network,” he says.

“RAK will gain exposure from branding in the Indian outbound which in turn will increase their visibility”- Riaz Munshi, Vice President and Convention Chairman, OTOAI

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