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Dr Sheelwant Patel has been an insurance man, a forester, an environmentalist, and a researcher. He has sold insurance for five years and been forester for thirty-three. Dr Patel has climbed hills, stalked killer elephants in jungles, and stayed over at many a haunted house in the Himalayas.

A docudrama he wrote has won him a national award for the best documentary. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two amazing children with equally fulfilling professions. (One is an animator, and the other is a filmmaker.)

As Chief Conservator of Forests in Bengal, I was looking after the forests of northern West Bengal that are prime elephant habitats. This region contains five sanctuaries, three national parks, and has 14 elephant corridors that are notorious for being the terrain of the most intense human-elephant conflicts in South East Asia. I must add here that Jaldapara and Gorumara in the region are famous for rhinos.

We did organize safaris – in vehicles, in bullock carts, and on elephant back – but jungle treks being unsafe for tourists, we forbid them – especially as the visibility is no more than 10-15 meters in these dense evergreen forests.

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Message of the Month / December 2019

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Image Source: Pixabay on pexels.comOur Q&A section on the AIRDA website features interviews with professionals who are connected with travel, vacation marketing, and the timeshare industry in some way. In the past we have had conversations with people from different age groups – our oldest is 87 years old and still looking forward to her next holiday. Our youngest was 13 when we spoke to him three years ago – at 16, he’s considering rapid-river-rafting on his next holiday.

For our upcoming interviews we would like to feature people like you for instance. Especially if you have an observation to make, a story to share, or constructive feedback to offer. We’re also looking forward to conversations with bloggers, travel writers, travel photographers, and people who are passionate about travel – within the country and outside.

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Q&A Interview / October 2019

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Image Source: Public Domain Pictures on pexels.comThis article can be a useful frame of reference during the sales presentation that all new and prospective customers are invited to. This is where you get an opportunity to ask questions and seek assistance in choosing the right kind of vacation ownership package.

At the end of the presentation we advise you to ask the sales team to show you a very important document – the Sales Disclosure Document. This document helps you understand the roles and responsibilities of resort owners, and what you need to do to keep your membership valid during the contract period.

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Message of the Month / October 2019

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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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When you’re looking at timeshare or vacation ownership in India you will see a wave of positive indicators from the tourism industry that augur well for us – because we are part of the overall tourism pie.

We are part of it from two useful viewpoints. One, we widen the experience window for both local and international tourists in India. Two, we make a small, but significant contribution to generating tourist revenue every year. And the chain reaction helps and props up local industry, the transactions associated with it, and related small business enterprises that operate within the proximity store.

B. S. Rathor
Advisor & Member – Executive Committee

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Message of the Month on the AIRDA website – September 2017

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Over the years we have witnessed innovation and change in India’s timeshare marketplace, including the serving up of new flavors, to widen the holiday experience. This ranges from new offerings that new age global travelers seek, to setting up of timeshare resorts in undiscovered locations in the country.

I have also seen visible changes in the delivery models of timeshare experiences – to include golf, trekking, river rafting, jungle safaris and new-adventure sport. This Q&A session includes questions that I have asked myself over the last couple of years on the changing face of timeshare in India.

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Message of the Month – November 2016

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This Q&A interview may be a projection of the future – where you get to know your customer so well that you give him the kind of service that is totally customized. And this has a lot to do with anticipating needs, and understanding individual concerns – something that can go a long way in making each customer feel really, really special.

These days you can get a basic idea of customer preferences through feedback forms – but it helps to know more and dig deeper. A good tool here is in the digital analysis of preferences and usage patterns via booking information, restaurants, room service requests, complaints and feedback given during the customer’s stay at the resort. But there’s a whole lot more you can do, as you might see in this fictional Q&A session.

So here goes – like we said, this is sometime in the future – though some resorts may be already moving in the right direction.

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Q&A – November 2016

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