I plan to keep this post really short. SATTE 2018 is here in Pragati Maidan and as you know it is the biggest travel tradeshow in Asia. You can meet the Who’s Who of the travel and tourism industry! It is a rare opportunity to find the best travel packages and for a moment a website like Trivago (which compares hotel room rates) seems redundant. Not that I use it too often! I book a Bed and Breakfast as I go by my motto: “When in doubt, book a BnB!”
Read my earlier blog on BnB versus Hotels: Where to stay in India: 3 reasons why BnB is a better option than a hotel
Time for a report card on the tourism sector in India!
As of 2016, the future of tourism in India looks bright and prosperous because of the various favourable aspects in the country. With wonderful tourist spots, diverse topography, varied cultures and heritage sites in the country, India is one of the most lucrative options for tourists. The tourism industry of the country has undergone various changes over the time. Some of the latest trends prevailing in the tourism industry are as follows:
Visa on Arrival Boosting Tourism
Visa on arrival has been a big sigh of relief for the tourists visting India. According to India Tourism stats presented by Ministry of tourism, United Kingdom contributes 22% to VOA scheme followed by US and France. This policy is expected to be extended to more nationalities in the coming years.
Exploring New Destinations
Domestic as well as international tourists both are expressing continued interest in exploring new and lesser-known destinations in the country. With improved connectivity and penetration of internet, more and more such destinations are coming to light and catching the eye of the travellers. Did i ask you to book your stay in a houseboat in Kerala?
Read my blog on Houseboat in Kerala: Spending a night in a Houseboat
Bed and Breakfast accommodations
Bed and Breakfast is the best option for a low to medium budget traveler. However, the biggest USP of Bed and Breakfast accommodations is not the price point, instead it is the value and the cultural exchange that a traveler experiences in a BnB. It is like you are in a home away from home, you are looked after by people of your parents age without barging into your privacy.
While I was looking around and interacting with various companies that had set up their stalls during SATTE 2018, I met a few Destination Management Companies operating in the CIS and Europe region. When I explained the concept of Bed and Breakfast accommodations in India to these marketing representatives, they seemed unaware of the concept. But once they knew about the concept, they seemed to like the idea of experiencing Indian culture first hand.
Travel Tradeshows like SATTE Promoting Tourism
Travel tradeshows like SATTE are working as a factor to promote tourism in India, by offering a platform for the various stakeholders in the country to showcase their services and products. It offers a combined place to them to have discussions overs various policies, trends and how to improve its growth. If you are from the tourism industry, visiting the SATTE travel tradeshow can be quite beneficial.
There are loads of reasons for all Indian Travel and Tourism stakeholders to rejoice!