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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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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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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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