Recording the growth trends from Thailand and further eyeing on boosting collaborations with the India market, TravelBullz, the pioneers in destination management space, recently hosted “The Great India Road Show” for the travel partners in Mumbai and Delhi. The event brought over 36 exhibitors from Thailand and was well-attended in both the cities where the Mumbai & Delhi edition observed presence of over 200 agents for the event. The interactive roadshows in both the cities allowed the trade partners and agents to network and learn more about the diverse product offerings and newer experiences that Thailand has to offer in the season ahead. The event also saw the unveiling of the company’s latest online booking engine- Phoenix, with its enhanced user interface, along with the dynamic packaging module which will revolutionise the way packages are booked in the B2B domain.
Additionally, as TravelBullz reminisced over its nine superbly successful years in business, K. D Singh, Founder & President, TravelBullz proudly shared that the company experienced a rise of 750 per cent of passengers in the last few years, receiving approximately 1331 groups last year while aiming to further expand to 1700, this year. “TravelBullz takes the pride of changing trends in every place that we do business with and if I talk about the journey of nine years, it has been incredible just like a dream, along with certain inescapable ups and downs. The trade in India has been remarkable and we have continuously received a lot of support from the trade fraternity. We have crossed 1, 56,000 passengers last year on our network with a turnover worth of INR 162 crores on the sales side. We continue to look forward to this remarkable and prosperous market of India.”
Regarding the recent launch of Destination Dubai, Singh shared, “Dubai has always been on our cards and we have gone bigger with the launch of fancier experiences in the city. We launched the Destination Dubai with a motive of understanding what different can we do when with a familiar yet high-in-demand destination that Dubai is. With our new package, we want to place Dubai in a different light to the India market and upgrade the positioning of the destination, exactly what we do with Thailand very well. Also, anyone who books through the TravelBullz Dubai Package gets an hour’s ride in a stretched limousine followed by a drop at the Dubai Mall.”
Further speaking of the company’s newest business of XML and API vertical, Singh informed that there has been a rise of over 1600 per cent over four years, touching USD 12 million by the end of 2020. “Looking forward, 2020 is the table-turning year. The very name that TravelBullz is synonymous with is technology and we just launched a new project that is going to change the way travel and travel business is done in India. The first-ever module has already been launched and would be available to bookers by February, itself. Our own offices have been using it to ensure a smooth and seamless operation of the same and this is surely slated to bring a big change in travel technology, this year,” he boasts.
Also present at the event was the newly-appointed Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), New Delhi, Vachirachai Sirisumpan who stressed upon TAT’s commitment to having a bridge of communication and trust from the vital market of India. “The India market is growing significantly, especially due to the growth of its networks, secondary cities and diverse demands. The number of Indian tourists coming to Thailand has grown up in the last five years and continues to do so. Last year, a total of 1,995,516 Indian travellers visited Thailand with a rise of around 24.75 per cent bringing a revenue growth of 27.45 per cent. We have our domestic offices in every state to communicate and further bring a stronger relationship between the two markets. Our various promotional and marketing activities around several locations in the country have already brought in a lot of difference,” Sirisumpan shared.
On behalf of TAT, he further restated that Thailand is now completely safe from the havoc of Coronavirus. “Thailand has effective health surveillance system for disease control and the Thai public and private bodies, across the nation, have stepped up for hygiene measures along with thorough pest control activities,” he added. Singh also reiterated about the safety of travelling to Thailand, which is completely Coronavirus-free with the lifestyle and tourism remaining the equivalent like earlier days.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, the representative and Senior Sales Manager from Sindhorn Midtown, Pornkamon Naennar said, “Since we are a local brand, joining the TravelBullz network and attaining more business is one of the crucial steps for our brand establishment in the India market. Being an affordable five-star property located close to some of the major city attractions and having a varied selection of Indian dining options, we are an ideal choice for Indian travellers. We, therefore, look forward to closely working with TravelBullz to tap completely into the India market.”
Adding to that, Pisarak Silanurak, Director of Business Development, AKSARA Collection said, “We have already got good communication with Indian travel trade partners and the response has been noteworthy since most of our hotels are already sold out. Since the summer season is ahead, we are hoping to get more bookings from the Indian agents and strengthen our outreach among the travellers from India.”
The gathering of the 36 exhibitors included ONYX Hospitality Group, Sindhorn Midtown, Centara Hotels and Resorts, Banyan Tree Phuket, Avani Atrium Bangkok Hotel and Pattaya Resort (respectively), Compass Hospitality Pattaya, Lancaster Bangkok, Pavilion Samui, Furama Hotels International, The Galleria 12 Hotel Bangkok and The Galleria 10 Hotel Bangkok (respectively), Citrus Grande Hotel Pattaya by Compass Hospitality, The Landmark Bangkok, Dinso Resort (Phuket), Kata Sea Breeze Resort, My Beach Resort, Krabi Resort Thailand, Apple a day DMC, Sunbeam Hotel Pattaya, Savoy Hotel, Hampton by Hilton Hotels, Muang Samui SPA Resort, Madame Tussauds Museum BANGKOK, Sealife Bangkok and Chao Phraya Princess, to name a few. The event concluded with a generous lucky draw for the participants and attendees, giving away gift vouchers of stays at the exhibitors’ properties in Thailand.
“I thank the travel trade in both Mumbai and New Delhi for such big support. We are glad to see travel agents gather from Ludhiana, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Lucknow and Jaipur along with the huge turnout from the Delhi NCR market. I express my gratitude towards all the partners, delegates and exhibitors who have come from Thailand to showcase the best of their products and packages as well. Also, I would like to thank the trade fraternity of the north and west markets for making this year’s roadshow even bigger success. A special mention to the Director of TAT for all the supplementary support, TravelBullz wouldn’t have asked for,” Singh concluded on an optimistic note.