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This month, we present an interesting trend or development that has pretty much become a pattern of behavior in modern families. It’s about how children can, or will influence most decisions made by young parents. Right from the choice of TVs and music systems, to picking designations for the family’s annual holiday. (They have a clear say in what, how, where, and when . . .)

These wish lists are a clear indication that the head of the household is open to new ideas – even from children in the family.

Older parents (maybe 10 years ago) looked forward to the familiar when it came to picking a holiday destination every year. And the familiar surroundings of a home resort offered a sense of comfort in many ways.

But young members of the family get bored easily with the “same old stuff” as they say. They want to explore different locations and look forward to new experiences, each time they go on a vacation.

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Message of the Month – April 2019

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The Musafir Stories (TMS) is hosted by Bangalore-based couple Saif Omar and Faiza Khan. Here are some sound bytes from our interview with the founders of TMS.

When we moved back to India, I was looking to consume local podcasts but the options were limited. That’s when we wondered about giving podcasting a shot – even though neither of us has any background in media/journalism, or even full-time travel for that matter.

We started TMS as a passion project primarily to make more people aware about India and what it has to offer through conversations with some very interesting people – conversations that are both informative and easy on the ear. As kids, most of us have grown up on the culture of listening to stories from grandparents and elders. We can fondly recall sharing first-hand experiences about travel and life in general, with classmates and friends. The culture of story-telling and listening is deep-wired in us.

To make things different, we try to cover various facets of travel, right from popular destinations, city guides, weekend itineraries, experiences that cover mountains, wildlife and beaches, to activities like trekking, adventure and road trips. We also have other features of interest on our platform for our Indian audiences – like volunteering, slow travel and offbeat travel.

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Q&A – April 2019

 

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We live in such troubled times. Climate change, global warming, large scale dumping of plastic waste in our oceans. What has all of this got to do with your vacation calendar for the next 25 years? (Remember, you get a 25-year-calendar on your timeshare membership.)

Your resort may have nothing to do with all this, because the symptoms described above are part of a larger chain reaction. Pollutants floating in ocean waters will eventually wash up ashore – so there goes that picture-perfect beach holiday that you dreamed of. Plastic debris that sinks may be swallowed by the same fish that is served up at a beach shack – slice open your fried fish and you might find a bottle cap inside. Sounds unpalatable, and we do hope that does not happen to you. (But this is a scenario in-the-making and might soon happen at a beach near you.)

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – March 2019

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You have been in the hospitality industry for nearly four decades, how have things changed from a customer experience point of view? 

The industry has undergone a sea change since the time I started. The competition is huge and almost all the best brands are available right here in India. I must say here that the Indian traveler is also more evolved and has a knack of finding and knowing what’s best.

The facility design of our hotels is sleek and increasingly international. Hotels are also finding ways to utilize their public spaces when they are vacant. Moving to cuisine, quality standards here keep improving – and since many of the guests have experienced authentic international cuisine, they expect the same in our hotels.

At the end of the day, “sending back a delighted customer” is the objective of all hoteliers. Hence training plays a very important role to ensure the objective is achieved, and hotels have a steady stream of repeat customers.

All these changes have ensured that you’re at the top of your game all the time. There is absolutely no room here, for complacency.

From an interview with Param Kannampilly – Chairman and Managing Director of Concept Hospitality. A true visionary, Param is a formidable environment champion, with over 35 years of active involvement in the hospitality industry. He has been associated with hotel groups such as the Taj Group of Hotels, Spencer International Hotels Ltd, Fariyas Group, Leela Hotels, Rahejas, and The Orchid Group of Hotels. 

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Q&A – February 2019

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I always wanted to start a group, where people could network and eventually interact on the same page, based on common interests. A sharing group like this is what the timeshare industry needs – helping professionals share opportunities, industry updates, and offer feedback on queries posted.

The internet gives you many ways of networking, but facebook is probably the most popular watering hole on the web. Facebook also offers excellent search functionality – there’s a very high chance that we will show up whenever people search for groups linked to timeshare. From my point of view, this group will do several things. One: It will attract people working in the timeshare industry. Two: It will provide a neutral platform for the exchange of information, ideas and opportunities. Three: It will encourage people to post updates on jobs and consultancy openings. Eventually a lot more will happen out here.

Here’s the Content Team at AIRDA, wishing Rajeev, many more members
and a lot of constructive information sharing on the Timeshare Professionals Group.

You can check it out here

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Club+Mahindra+Ooty

Air Commodore Nitin Sathe addressed the members of the audience who had come down to Club Mahindra Ooty for the Ooty Literature Festival.

He is an Airforce man who’s always had a special place for words in his heart. The first book that he authored, A Few Good Men and the Angry Sea, is based on the events at the Nicobar Islands during the tsunami of 2004.

His book, Born to fly (2016), is a biography of a batchmate who became quadriplegic at the age of 24. He is currently working as a Senior Instructor at the Defense Services Staff College at Wellington.

This post is from the Club Mahindra feed on Linkedin

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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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