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OTM-Kuoni Knowledge Series set for 2015

OTM-Kuoni Knowledge Series set for 2015 ( MUMBAI, INDIA - OTM-Kuoni Knowledge Series 2015 is devoted to mastering the challenges and opportunities within the travel industry. It will have sessions by Kuoni India’s experts to discuss best practices and what future expertise and research could bring to new age travel especially for the fast-growing emerging markets. The event will bring together some of the most influential thinkers to discuss new approaches and will serve as a direct exchange between the various businesses in the tourism industry and will facilitate the exchange of ideas and insights.

OTM is India’s leading travel trade show. Kuoni is world’s leading tour operator.

Speaking on the collaboration, Rajeev Wagle, Managing Director – Kuoni India said, “Kuoni India has always strived to be the new age innovative holiday maker. As a leader in all travel segments namely Escorted Tours, Free Individual Travel, Domestic Holidays, MICE, Corporate Travel defining new horizons is essential to creating sustainable growth opportunities and taking holidaying to an all-new level that offers enhanced and distinctive holiday experiences. Through Knowledge Series 2015 by Kuoni experts, we hope to bring forth a highly informative and unique opportunity for industry leaders to contribute to a constructive dialogue on the future of sustainable tourism.”

Sanjiv Agarwal, CMD of Fairfest Media Ltd, the organizer of OTM and the Publisher&Editor of Travel News Digest said, “The Knowledge Series adds a new dimension to the OTM as India’s oldest and largest travel trade show. We are very happy to have Kuoni India as a long-term partner, in this thought leadership initiative. We are sure Kuoni-OTM Knowledge Series will produce cutting edge knowledge base for the domestic and International travel industry.”

The Knowledge Series will be held at the International Lounge, 1st Floor, Hall 1, Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre - the venue of OTM, from February 4-6, 2015. The details of each session in the series are as follows:

Wednesday, February 4, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Corporate Travel conducted by Manoj Chacko, CEO of Kuoni Business Travel

With buoyant economy, economic reforms and growing consumer confidence across the country we have seen a rise in the business travel spends across all the industry segments. Also with Indian market ranked 10th among the major global business travel markets in the world and the increasing trade relationships with China, Europe, United States of America and Japan we would be seeing a good amount of traction on business travel. This would be aided by the various new infrastructure projects undertaken, better airline connectivity, new entrants in the airline and hotel space etc. Kuoni will share its expertise on Business Travel and share future trends drawn from its experience in the lecture series conducted in partnership with OTM.

Thursday, February 5, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
MICE conducted by S D Nandakumar, Head of Special Interest Tours of Kuoni India

Incentive travel has always been recognized as a powerful business tool for helping organizations achieve key business objectives and drive bottom line results as MICE has gained significantly in the last few years. In India, MICE is one of the fast growing segments in travel with various corporate entities from cement, pharmaceutical, FMCG, paints, etc. increasing their spends. MICE over the years have evolved as the corporate have been seeking new destinations and themes to provide unique experiences to their employees, partners, and distributors. Kuoni will share its expertise on MICE Travel and share future trends drawn from its experience in the lecture series conducted in partnership with OTM.

Friday, February 6, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Luxury Travel conducted by Vishal Suri, CEO, Tour Operating of Kuoni India

With the rapidly increasing HNI population and growing brand awareness clubbed with lifestyle changes have fuelled the growth of Luxury Travel market within India over the past few years. HNI’s are known to be avid travelers, whether for business or leisure. Luxury Travel has seen no boundaries and has been completely inelastic towards the price at the same time seeking experiential holidays. We are witnessing key trends wherein Luxury Travel is now moving towards theme based holidays and each holiday trip has to be crafted such a way that it has to be exclusive. Kuoni will share its expertise on Luxury Travel and share future trends drawn from its experience in the lecture series conducted in partnership with OTM.


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