Priyanka Saxena Ray
Held in a joint association between ETAA & Qatar Tourism, the focus of the workshop was to highlight all that Qatar as a destination has to offer, special attractions available, best fares that the travel agents can quote and addressing any visa concerns that there may be. The presentation was given by Dheera Majumder, Key Account Manager – TourismMarketing and Promotion Sector, Qatar Tourism, who highlighted the destination’s various aspects in detail and addressed all the agent’s queries. There was also a presentation on Qatar Airlines – the official airlines of the country, which was conducted by Kshtiz Bhagaand Harsh Kumar.
Present on the occasion were Saurabh Tuteja, Chairman – North India, ETAA; Punit Bhasin, ViceChairman; Deepika Khanna, General Secretary and Praveen Ghai and Gaurav Arora, Joint Secretaries, ETAA NI along with other members from ETAA NI and media.
“Qatar is a fairly new destination for the Indian market and we see huge potential for India – it is very close to India so proximity is one aspect. Connectivity is great, especially now with IndiGo also flying to it. Most important aspect is the Visa on Arrival and it is also a great destination for weddings. Thus, we have kept this knowledge session for our members – to empower them in their knowledge of Qatar so that they are able to sell it better. We have invited our members who are focussed on MICE and Outbound and are glad to see around 45-50 of our members today. We might plan to take this to other cities in India and will also explore hosting more knowledge workshops for newer destinations for India market.” said Saurabh Tuteja.
He further went on to explain how the core focus of ETAA as an association is towards these similar knowledge-building sessions and less on the cocktails and dinner. Advocating the same, Deepika Khanna too reiterated that the mandate at ETAA North India chapter is to boost the knowledge and work skills of the travel agents who are its members in an endeavour to empower them more for doing better business.