On Tuesday the 26th of May, the AITTC, India Tourism, Taj Hotels, Insight Vacations and Air India began the ‘Know India Better’ seminars for frontline Travel Agents.
These are small and intimate functions where travel agents can learn about India, flights and hotels, from senior members of India Tourism, Air India and hoteliers. This is the first of a number to be held in 2015.
Authentic Indian food was served with traditional Indian red wine. Travel agents from Helloworld Carlingford, other Helloworld agents, Diploma Travel, Flight Centre, Thornleigh Cruise and Travel, Golden Global International Travel, Trans Am Travel, Travel Managers, Worldstar Travel, Mobile Travel Agents, Baulkham Hills Travel and Reho Travel attended.
Vibhava Tripathi, Director of India Tourism in Sydney, introduced India and its lesser-known activities for tourists, including biking and golf. Joost Timmer from Insight Vacations spoke about India Tour packages. Marie Anderson spoke about Air India, the only non-stop carrier between Australia and Delhi, and Ben Johnson from Taj Group spoke about their luxury hotels, spas and safaris in India.
Sandip Hor, Chairman of the AITTC said: “This was another successful event organised by the AITTC, where we have worked with partners to inform the trade about India. This event is the first of its kind. The AITTC will introduce a help desk to feature on its website, as part of this educational program to help the industry.”
India is one of the fastest growing and most popular destinations for Australian travellers. The India Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) introduced last year, enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), has made it easier than ever to obtain a Visa for India, and should see an increase the number of travellers to India.