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To find out more, we reached out to a group of professionals who are roughly between 30 and 40 years old – these are people who are active on the travel and vacation front. And as we mentioned in our previous interview, this demographic is useful to us – and relevant, in terms of vacation interests and feedback. (Where they go, what they do, and what they look for at a vacation resort.)

(Here’s one young professional we spoke to.) For us, a swimming pool comes first at a vacation resort. We’re not club members in the city that we live in, and do look forward to just hanging around in a pool setting. All resorts have pools these days, and many of them also have a junior pool which is extremely useful, according to me. The little ones can be reasonably safe out here.

I must add here that the pool needs to be safe to swim in when it comes to water quality. Some of them overdose on chlorine, which is not exactly desirable. We also look forward to clean changing rooms, shower heads that work, and a good supply of well-laundered towels and accessories.

What else? Resort pools these days don’t have a lifeguard at the pool location, and I wonder if this is too much to ask because it gives you some reassurance. Even if a guest in the pool can do a rescue job, you need someone from the assigned pool staff to know and administer first aid procedures.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / September 2022

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You can sit for hours, watching the Taj change its moods with every change of complexion in the skies. Interestingly, the vision of the Taj is framed differently from each window of the fort across the river Yamuna. And from what I have experienced, something magical happens when you come within sighting distance of the Taj. You see a landscape of greenery, with the river around leading you gently towards a point where the Taj rises majestically into the frame.

The magic starts even before you get there, with eager anticipation. As we are nearing it, crowds and long lines of visitors build up momentum. And when you enter the big gate, the monument stands majestically before you. The first glimpse of a demure, ivory-white dome set against the blue skies is a sight to behold. It beckons the visitor to go closer and closer, and get a view of the Taj in all its glory.

And when you get closer, you rub your eyes in disbelief and say to yourself: am I really in front of the Taj, or is this a dream?

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / September 2022

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It now looks like a weak phase on the Covid front – though expert opinion cautions us about similar virus outbreaks being part of our lives (something we need to live with.) But right now, we can say happy days are here again – in terms of work, travel, vacations, and entertainment.

So we reached out to some young vacation seekers to check on their vacation plans. These are people who have played safe during the pandemic, and have been waiting for the right time to pack their bags.

This young demographic is useful to us – and extremely relevant, in terms of readiness to travel. This is the segment that is wired to take breaks – over long weekends, and sometimes on a longer annual vacation.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / July 2022

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The Ffort Holiday Klub in Kolkata is a member of the All India Resort Development Association (AIRDA). Located on the banks of the Ganges, the property is linked to a 200-year-old heritage. It’s a location we would recommend if you want to go back in time, in the luxury of a very contemporary setting.

The location on the banks of the Ganges, is where this story is set. An ideal luxury getaway that offers you sun-kissed greens set against panoramic views of the river.

The 100-acre integrated lifestyle destination gives you many choices for vacations, stayovers and events. Resorts & Spa Ganga Kutir, Anaya, The Ffort Raichak, The Ffort Suites, Anaya Spa By L’occitane. Country Homes Ganga Kutir Residency, Gardenia, Mallika Villas. Experiences Life at Raichak, Wine & Dine, Conferences & Wedding, Events & Promotions, Club Rio.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / July 2022

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New customers who have bought timeshare based on interactions at a timeshare presentation, may have been influenced by the art of the sales pitch. While presenters are good at their job, you (as a prospective customer) would need detailed information on the project, the benefits of membership, and all related payments.

The more you know the better it is, before you sign on the dotted line.

Having said that, resorts these days also recognize a customer’s need for time and space before making a decision. They also see the need to clear all doubts and answer all questions well before they close a session.

This feature update is part of a series for new and prospective customers. Our objective here is to give you broad guidelines on how to handle, or survive a presentation – and come out better informed.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / June 2022

All images used with purchased credits from http://www.123rf.com

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In this feature story we talk to Lalit Roy of Raj & Roy Agencies, about the benefits of a trade event for hospitality professionals. We also cover the recent event organized by Incredible Fairs and Media under their World Of Hospitality banner. The event was held in Bengaluru on June 8, 9, 10 – 2022, and has been described as South India’s most comprehensive B2B food, drink and hospitality expo.

(From Lalit’s responses in our interview) The highlights of the event as described by the organizers included a showcase experience for 200+ exhibitors, 8000+ HoReCa trade professionals, 200+ hosted buyers, and 600+ leading brands.  Event activities included knowledge seminars and special events, a competition for chefs, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a focused pavilion for food, beverages and hospitality equipment.

The industry categories were wide and varied, though the core alignment was with the hospitality industry. From the promotional material shared by the organizers, I observed that there were 36 stall categories. Right from commercial kitchen & refrigeration equipment, chilling & freezing, coffee & beverages, to hospitality technology, communications and entertainment. The listing also includes furniture and furnishings, housekeeping, tableware, crockery, table accessories, and more.

There’s more on this story at this link on the AIRDA website > World of Hospitality / June 2022

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Pavankumar Ramanand Yadav
Chairman, Dream Leisure Club, Ahmedabad

Pavan Yadav is the Chairman of the Yash Group of Companies which is head-quartered in Ahmedabad. He is often described as a serial entrepreneur having set up many businesses over the last 20 years – primarily in the hospitality industry. He has personally driven the growth and success of the group and helped individual resorts work towards international service standards.

Under Pavan’s leadership, the group provides travel support services to more than 500 corporates and individuals covering multiple aspects of travel. Their log book currently displays 45 lakh hotel bookings, 10 lakh flight bookings, 5 lakh railway bookings, and 3,500 cruise bookings. (These are not just numbers – each transaction translating into happy and satisfied customers.)

One project that Pavan likes to talk about is a new group venture: Dream Leisure Club Private Limited. Based on the timeshare model, Dream Leisure Club addresses the leisure and luxury segment in the industry.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / March 2022

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Madhav Rathore is a senior travel industry professional with wide-ranging experience in the luxury segment. In a career spanning 22 years, he has worked with leading multinational companies and best-of-breed professionals. In travel industry circles he is seen as a strong spokesperson for India’s Inbound Travel (IC) segment – which includes local DMCs, industry associates and foreign tour operators.

Madhav Rathore – Senior Travel Consultant for the Luxury Segment

Having worked closely for more than two decades with Cox & Kings (in a client-facing role) Madhav has also acquired deep insights into culture, history, architecture, wildlife, photography, miniature paintings, textiles, and a political / historical canvas related to travel.

Madhav says his strength lies in his solutions-oriented and collaborative approach to meeting travel needs of discerning travelers – ultimately creating those ‘WOW’ moments for them. He says this has largely been possible because he understands the intricacies of inbound travel, MICE and private journeys in the VIP segment. He talks about an eye for the non-obvious – helping him steer towards core issues and quick solutions.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / March 2022

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Our interview with M.R. Dileep is related to his recently published book – Air Transport and Tourism: Interrelationship, Operations and Strategies. A comprehensive textbook covering all major aspects of air transport from operational and managerial perspectives, and exploring intricate touch points that exist between air transport and tourism industries.

The book centres around both dependencies and outcomes of a truly a symbiotic relationship between air transport and tourism – adding newer dimensions to the realm of their coexistence. It’s a relationship that has been evolving since the end of the Second World War and is anticipated to reach higher interface levels in the decades to come.

We can see a clear emphasis on current and future trends, and updates on issues such as sustainability and environmental challenges. Individual chapters cover airline-tourism relationships, destination-airport dependence, airline operations, strategic management & planning, airport operations, and air transport IT platforms – providing a practical viewpoint on these key aspects.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / February 2022

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Sustainable Design from Rhizome

Post the 90’s, and with the burgeoning sustainability crisis, bamboo has slowly and steadily come into the spotlight and held its own as one of the most renewable materials known to man. With new technology and research around this material, it is ready to take center-stage – in fact, it already has.

Bamboo inherently ticks the boxes of sustainability goals, whether they be ecological, social, cultural or economic. Handcrafted bamboo offers a great backstory, which is heartening, and tells your clientele you are walking the talk, and that too in style without compromising on comfort or aesthetics.

Bamboo can be styled very differently, just like wood, which is why we definitely need more awareness in terms of wide-ranging design possibilities for the hospitality industry. Because it is sustainable, renewable, and hardy. It conveys the brand image that many in the sector are trying to talk about in terms of responsible hospitality. Its versatility makes it the go-to for a range of hospitality industry avataars–across business hotels, budget hotels, luxury hotels and resorts.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / January 2022



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