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This time we talk to another very interesting travel photographer – and strangely, he’s an extremely private person – shoots for himself. Though he’s gone as far as being seen selectively on social media – “This is only to obtain feedback on my photography,” he says.

There’s one question we asked him that we have asked many people, and his response made the most sense to me. Here’s an excerpt:

“If the brief is to travel as a tourist (visiting new places of tourist interest) I would prefer to do it with family and friends. The atmosphere is always full of fun during the journey, and the conversations punctuated with non-stop excitement. If I am travelling with only photography in mind, I would prefer to be a solo-traveler. For one thing, you can make your own plans – for another, you can avoid group itineraries, and rushing through your day.”

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – December 2018

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This month, our Q&A session features a very young couple – Hooma & Sudeep – founders of Travel Jaunts, a travel company based out of Bangalore. They are members of Club Mahindra and are very active users.

Hooma and Sudeep love to travel, family in tow, at the slightest opportunity life provides – they have been traveling for the last 14 years – extensively within India, and to over 25 countries across the globe.

According to me they are a very good example of today’s emerging young professionals who choose to follow their dreams while successfully managing individual career paths. Today’s young professional has a very healthy approach to work and the need to balance that with travel and recreation.

So, what makes this emerging generation different?

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – November 2018

 

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One of the things I often think about relates to the tourist, or visitor who comes to our shores. Someone who could be visiting us for the first time, or perhaps is a regular visitor. So what brings someone to India for the first time? (And what brings someone again and again?)

Closely linked to these thoughts are other questions. What kind of impressions do we create in the first place? Do we live up to the magic that India conjures up in someone’s mind? Do we come across as people who are friendly, welcoming and helpful? Are we truly inspired and protective about our past and heritage? Do we come across as responsible citizens, especially in the space of keeping our environments sustainable and clean?

That’s a lot of questions (!!!) and I must say that I am fairly pleased with the answers that come to mind. There’s still a long way to go, and I am sure we will get there, with participation from the departments of tourism and private sector enterprises in the hospitality industry. Constructive awareness of some of the issues described above is on the rise, and many of our tourism-centric operations and services are being managed with due diligence and care.

So let me gather my thoughts and try to answer these questions in a structured kind of way.

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – October 2018

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Over the last few months, we have featured some of the country’s best-known travel writers. These are people who venture into uncharted territories to tell a story – a story that’s untold. They do this through a narrative that takes us right there – right in the middle of it.

And unlike most of us who take a break from work, these travel writers take their breaks from travel to be with family and friends.

While their life and lifestyle sounds interesting, things can be difficult – because you’re always on the move. For some people, sunrise could be at one location and sunset, in a totally different geography. But they still do it, with unbridled enthusiasm that fuels every step, every mile, and every journey that they undertake.

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – September 2018

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This month we have an interesting interview on our Q&A update with Mr. Rajiv Agarwal – Head of Marketing Operations at Salarpuria Sattva Group. And what really makes interesting reading here is the idea his team has come up with, linked to a sales promotion offer with RCI.

Along with an apartment in a pre-designated project of theirs, customers are awarded a vacation ownership plan for 21 years – now add to that, an exclusive five year membership with RCI. That’s “happiness” in one word.

Looking at this closely, I find total synergy in this co-branded promotion. The company making the offer and the organization delivering the experience are large trusted brands – there is a logical and meaningful fit in the two names coming together.

This is an idea that might just bring a whole new demographic into play – previously not accessed or reached by vacation ownership developers. It will most certainly accelerate the rate of initial trial and first user experience of vacation ownership products.

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – August 2018

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I often spend time talking to people at airports, malls and other public spaces about how they spend their free time. And these conversations are primarily done to bridge the generation gap. And maybe even learn how millennials work, play and take a welcome break when they need to.

Millennials are known to approach life and living differently. They have new-age professions and take on an amazing degree of work pressure. But when the time comes to let off steam, they readily embrace a well-deserved break – unlike many of my generation, who did not really think about work-life balance.

I analyzed my discussions with these youngsters with the objective of drawing out meaningful take-aways – for new customers and readers of this article. Each little take-away capsule is like a nugget of advice that can get you planning and thinking – a small survival kit of thoughts and feedback.

Be my guest.

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – July 2018

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For most young job and career aspirants, leaving their hometown to seek greener pastures in large cities always seems to be the first step. To a large extent that is true – but for those looking for a stepping stone to a career in hospitality, starting at the lower rungs is also a very good opportunity. Especially if you don’t have the exposure or experience. .

At mid-to-senior levels most hospitality jobs call for relevant qualifications and experience. For early job seekers, a basic degree and a whole lot of promise are useful qualifiers. Young employees starting at the bottom can learn on the job and later choose to do a professional course in their area of interest.

This way you get your first job in your hometown, and also start earning a salary to support yourself. Your first job at a home-location is useful and convenient in more ways than one.

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – June 2018

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