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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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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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This story of mine has to do with feedback
, customer feedback at a hotel, resort, or maybe a home-stay location. (That little slip of paper where you have tick-boxes on service levels.) Some of these have smileys with different expressions – ranging from happy, to hopping mad.

And there are times when, out of sheer reflex action linked to a particular incident, we tend to award “minus” points to the resort, on ALL other counts. Though this is completely understandable, I would suggest that you take the broader, more considerate view.

 

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month – February 2019

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One of the challenges of today’s world is to get the entire family on the same page of the calendar. We’re talking about wives, husbands and children who need to align and coordinate their free time – with a little give and take. It also means getting grandparents, uncles and aunts from different locations to wing their way to your holiday destination.

Every year we send out messages via our social media channels, reminding people that it’s a good time to plan your getaways for the year. Especially if they have a timeshare plan in place. “January” is a nice time for renewal, because the month brings in a newness that goes with making plans and resolutions. It also serves as a topical reminder for important things to do on your calendar.

So, here we are, once again, urging you to make time slots during the year for those well deserved breaks.

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Message of the Month – January 2019

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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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