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One of the things we do at AIRDA is have regular conversations with travelers and vacation seekers – particularly during this post-Covid period. To review their readiness to travel, and assess comfort levels when it comes to actually going on a vacation.

And when we were putting this story together, one aspect came through as a regret or concern. “Before Covid, we were free to do anything we wanted to do, and we took this freedom for granted,” was the message that came across strongly to us.

In a way, that makes sense – maybe we did take things for granted. And this realization might help us take a closer look at things that we may have overlooked.

Here’s what one of them had to say.
I took my freedom to travel for granted. Freedom to travel sounds strange, when you actually have the freedom to travel – any time, any place and anybody you wish to travel with. But when the lockdowns kicked in, this freedom to travel was taken away from us. I then realized what it meant to lose that freedom. (Something that I had taken totally for granted.)

Strangely, during that period we did not even have the freedom to get out of home, move around in the city, or even go to office. And that’s when you know what a precious commodity “freedom” really is.

I now look at things like that with renewed respect and consideration. It’s only when something is taken away from you, do you actually feel the difference.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / April 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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Could you tell us about your interest in old temple sites? What draws you to these locations?

I am intrinsically drawn to these locations. They continue to tell a story about times that often get abbreviated in history books at school. You need to be there to view, experience and capture the magic instilled by early temple builders in these wonderful works of art and architecture.

During September last year, I was on my way to Kolkata from Jamshedpur when on an impulse I decided to make a detour – I always wanted to visit Pathra village in Midnapur district in West Bengal. In the previous year, I went as close by as Dantan, but was unable to visit Pathra.

This time, I just did not want to miss out on the opportunity, as I had read a lot about Yaseen Pathan, who has been responsible for restoring old terracotta temples in the area over the last 40 years.

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



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I think that most people purchase a timeshare with the intent of both using it at their home resort and trading it through RCI, II or another exchange company – whether internal or external. And when that happens, the vacation experience should not be different from what the salesperson said or in many cases, what the consumer wants to believe. Sadly, too many people still think that they’ll be able to get two weeks at the end of December in Hawaii if they purchase two weeks in February in Alabama.

Lisa Ann Schreier / The Timeshare Crusader

I’m not certain that the idea of going on vacation or even being in the same vacation spot as others is important to consumers. Frankly, more travelers, at least younger and American prospects, increasingly want urban spaces where they have access to ‘their thing.’ (This is another aspect timeshare marketers need to keep in mind.)

In the end, the advantage to timeshare is a committed membership – and it still means something. Unfortunately, the industry has not been able to use that in any PR or advertising strategy. I have a great slogan for the timeshare industry which I’d be happy to share with them, provided I’m paid accordingly! (Laughs.)

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

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Sariska is a beautiful location in the Alwar District of Rajasthan. It is surrounded by hilly terrain and a landscape that is visually delightful. People living here are warm, welcoming and culturally rich. As a wildlife student, Sariska fascinates me because it is home to diverse flora and fauna.

The Sariska Tiger Reserve stretches over an area of (approximately)1200 km² – a landscape that presents deciduous forests, grasslands and rocky hills. This area was a hunting preserve of the Alwar Maharajas and was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1958.

In this feature interview we chat with Nilesh Singh, who is a drone pilot at the Sariska Tiger Reserve. He talks to us about roles, responsibilities and the kind of work his team does at the reserve.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / August 2021

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Mickey Sidhu,
Founder, The Himalayan Outback

After spending 15 years in the U.S. working in the IT industry in California’s Silicon Valley, Mickey Sidhu decided to return home to India. The natural draw of the outdoors led Mickey to start The Himalayan Outback with Misty Dhillon in 2004. While Misty focused on his passion of fishing, Mickey focused on ensuring that every member of The Himalayan Outback team understood that “quality” could not be compromised. This combination has led The Himalayan Outback to be named as one of the ten fly-fishing destinations in the world, with a worldwide reputation for quality and integrity.

This philosophy has also helped establish The Himalayan Outback’s trekking and wildlife trips as among the best in the industry.

In this feature interview Mickey tells us what we can expect during a stay at his wild country lodge, The Himalayan Outback, located on the Ramganga River at the Mohan Range, (Corbett National Park) Uttarakhand.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / November 2021

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Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, the resort gives you a panoramic view of the Jim Corbett National Park and the Ramganga river. Sterling Corbett is the perfect escape for nature lovers – you can wake up to the birds singing, langurs calling and the river gurgling. A walk around the property is ideal for bird watching.

Sterling Corbett

The resort has 42 well-appointed rooms and additionally, cottages that offer scenic views. If the weather gives you an all-clear signal, you can watch the stars come out at night. Come feel the rhythm of the jungle by spending a few days at Sterling Corbett – the wildlife safari is something we don’t want you to miss.

We also offer Sterling ‘CARES’ – a 360-degree comprehensive sanitization and hygiene program in association with Apollo Clinics to ensure the highest standards at the resort. This includes (and is not limited to) protocols designed around guest safety and hygiene – covering all public spaces and digital menus, for example. Safety, reinforced by contactless welcome experiences and a fully vaccinated team.

Stay with Sterling Corbett and you will come back for more. It is also the ideal choice for meetings, reunions, weddings, conferences and events. Our spacious venue options, large lawns and pre-function areas ensure adequate social distancing measures.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / November 2021

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Independent Tourism Professional, Mina Tilakraj

There’s more to travel than reaching a destination, or visiting monuments and tourist sites. It is an entire philosophy that draws in the romance of visiting a new place, and the breathtaking effect of a whole new experience. (I have seen people cry tears of wonder and joy at their first sight of the Taj Mahal.

“Travelism” is a term coined by me to inspire within you, the spirit and philosophy of travel. When applied to life, the concept teaches you acceptance, tolerance, being non-judgmental and adaptable – making it a wonderful journey.

I encourage travelers to have a renewed mindset and a positive attitude towards life – taking each day as it comes. It is also interesting to develop an interest for critical thinking and being minimalistic – with a simpler approach towards life.

To share this philosophy with others, I do workshops on Travelism for Life.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Travel / October 2021

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