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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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In this interview, we talk to Santosh about using 360-degree panoramas for the hospitality industry. Ongoing developments in enhancing customer experience are changing the ways people interact with marketers in physical and virtual environments. And technology enhanced platforms are shaping customer experiences and adding value to the purchase journey.

Justin Santosh – Founder, Intellimedia Digital Solutions

The need to enhance customer experience is bringing about new ways to interact with people in physical and virtual environments. If you compare older formats with emerging technologies, you will see an immersive pivot point in 360-degree panoramas – you’re almost there, with the ability to look around you. (As opposed to looking at still images or linear video footage.)

In the 360-degree interface, users can actually look around “anywhere” they want to, either by using a head set, moving their phones around, or by simply dragging the panoramas on a laptop, mobile device or smart TV, using the remote.

Using navigation controls, you can explore visual panoramas both horizontally and vertically. It is this perspective that takes the experience right up the immersive quality scale. Which means you can actually go deep sea diving or take a spacewalk side-by-side with an astronaut – instead of just watching it like an episode on TV.

There’s more on this story at this link > World of Airda / 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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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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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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Sterling Sariska is located on the fringes of the Sariska National Park. This makes it a convenient resort to stay at and plan your wildlife safaris. A visit to Sterling Sariska helps you rediscover nature. The park’s dry deciduous forest cover is home to tigers, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas, jackals, sambar, chital, nilgai, chausingha, wild boars, langurs and birds of many kinds. These forests also have places of great historical importance like the Kankwari Fort. Sariska should be on your bucket list if you’re looking for adventure that’s off the beaten track.

Sterling Sariska has 40 well-appointed rooms including fully-equipped tents amidst the soothing silence of the jungle. Take a long leisurely swim, follow our curated trails that skirt the resort, chat up with locals you will meet on the way, or watch the deer come to a watering hole near the tents. Explore your wild side on an exciting jungle safari.

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

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