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Do you think families with young children should do sanctuary tours?
It is useful to take children out on a safari, as it rolls out lessons on a whole new world out there, and the need to protect it. They get to learn about animal behavior and natural habitat. They learn the importance of patience and discipline. They could also learn about conserving nature and protecting our national reserves. Personally, I think this should also open people’s eyes to the sanctity of wildlife. If your children see an elephant in the wild, they should be alarmed at the prospect of “converting it into a tourist vehicle” for revenue and profits.

Having said that, I must say that it is not advisable to take children below six years, for more than one reason. For one thing, a three-hour-long safari can be extremely tiring – it can also be scary in terms of jungle noises and sounds. (It can also be difficult to expect them to be orderly and quiet – just not possible.)

On a recent safari, I saw a family with a baby, barely five months old. It was 40 degrees Celsius and extremely dusty – uncomfortable even for adults. I just cannot understand how people can be so irresponsible.

In conversation with travel writer, Chittra M.
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Q&A – September 2018

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In one of our earlier features we shared tips on packing your bags when you go on a vacation – this month our feature story is on what you need to keep in mind even before you start packing your bags. We share a compilation of tips and guidelines you can consider that will ensure peace of mind and a feeling of total control over the situation.

We’ve heard of instances where the husband asks the wife some really “too-late-to-answer” questions. Did you switch off the lights in the bedroom? Did you turn off the TV? Did we roll down the garage door and sling a lock? (The questions go on and on, and can bring on worry lines even before you even reach your destination.)

So, we thought we would compile a list of tips that should come in useful – please make a mental note of these suggestions, or take a print out for easy reference. These tips come to you from people who are in related fields when it comes to customer advice and support.

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Q&A – March 2018

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If you’ve always wondered how members of your family can be on the same page on a holiday calendar, please read on – you’re not alone, when it comes to aligning everyone’s free time in the year.

Planning a holiday these days is a lot more than finding a free slot on your home resort website – within your preferred week / month in the year. It’s got to do with coinciding vacation time at school, and when your boss can allow you to take a break during the year. For others, even aligning dates between spouses is a big challenge. We have even come across people finding it difficult to go on a vacation because of elderly parents, or grandparents at home, or a pet that can’t be taken with you on a holiday.

At the end of the day, it’s about going on that vacation totally guilt-free, or worrying about things back home or at the office. So let’s talk to a few vacation seekers and listen to their side of the story. Each one of these people has a different story to tell .

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Q&A – January 2018

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As someone who has handled research projects for AIRDA, I can visualize a crystal ball on timeshare. So in the future we could see  smaller resorts moving out as a result of getting absorbed by the bigger players. I also think we will see new entrants, new products and changing service experiences.

There could be a consolidation of the organized sector in the timeshare industry, but the pie will expand, grow and diversify in my opinion.

And If we’re wondering about growth, I think the key indicator here would be penetration of the timeshare industry. I’m referring to the proportion of the population using timeshare plans.

We may not be growing fast enough simply because of two concern areas. People these days are ready to spend and indulge here-and-now – which means a one-time holiday and not a timeshare vacation. (Their horizon is short term.) Next, let’s look at macroeconomic indicators – I see a dull picture here, which often makes consumers postpone bigger ticket spends. (Do I really need to make a financial commitment on a holiday plan? Do I need to make it this year, or now?)

Ashok R Sankethi is an MR veteran who set up Kaybase in 2005. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry, and works on projects that call for higher levels of research and analytics. He is on the teaching faculty at leading business schools, and sits on the doctoral committees of several Ph. D scholars. Along with his colleague Poornima Bhaskaran, Ashok has published a book called Kay’s Book of MR – which is the first book of case studies from an industry perspective. This book is now being used by faculty at over 15 business schools in the country.

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Q&A – November 2017

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Lisa Ann Schreier is the driving force behind The Timeshare Crusader – a blog dedicated to helping consumers through the myriad of confusing information, as well as working with forward thinking organizations to be a catalyst for positive change. She is the creative force behind International Timeshare Appreciation Day, held annually on November 1st.

Author of two best-selling books, “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation – Confessions From The Sales Table” and “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies.” Also co-authored the college-level textbook, “An Introduction To Vacation Ownership Management.”

Regular speaker and contributor to the National Timeshare Owners Association and the Florida Timeshare Users Group. Featured speaker at CRDA’s 2011 conference, as well as TATOC’s 2012 conference. Guest lecturer, each semester at the University of Central Florida.

Member of North American Travel Journalists Association. Contributor to AllExperts.com. Lead Timeshare Advocate on Elliott.org, and monthly contributor to Senior.com.

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Views & Interviews on the AIRDA website – October 2017

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Here is Vikram Nanjappa on his stint as a Freelance Naturalist, Writer and Photographer – writing on wildlife and nature for magazines?

This was an interesting period in my work life. For the first time I was freelancing and found myself with a bit of free time (there does not seem to be much for a demand for a writer on wildlife) and therefore decided to pursue my other interests.

If you ask me to mention the photographers who influenced me the most or whose works I used to admire in my younger years, one name springs to mind – Hugo Van Lawick and David Hamilton. I had just spent the last seven years photographing wildlife and emulating, at least in my imagination, the works of Hugo Van Lawick and suddenly I was presented an opportunity to learn the art of David Hamilton.

I promptly joined a fashion photography course in Bangalore to learn the basics of the genre. No one would dare least of me, to describe David Hamilton as a ‘fashion’ photographer, but I needed to know the technicalities and the thought process that went into fashion/ glamour photography before I could attempt anything in the style David Hamilton.

While I cannot lay claim to much success in this venture I certainly did get a good understanding of the technicalities and did get some good results. I hope to return and complete my journey sometime in the future. A few of us (a model, another photographer, two stylists and a makeup artist) got together and did a few fashion shoots which was great fun.

Vikram Nanjappa is a multi-faceted individual with vast experience in fields that can be clubbed under one relevant header – “outdoors”. He is an able administrator, leader, team builder, and a reputed naturalist, writer and photographer. Vikram likes to be described as a well-informed amateur who is interested in the world around him.
He is presently working in the marketing department of Evolve Back (formally Orange County).

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Q&A with Vikram Nanjappa

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