ASEAN NTOs and tour operators were busy courting outbound leisure and MICE clients from South India during the recent India International Travel Mart in Chennai.
Hung Tran, managing director of Viking Travel Ho Chi Minh City, said: “So far this year, we have handled three incentive groups from Chennai on an eight-night itinerary. I am (at the mart) to make my presence felt in the market, as I see tourists from this region increasing manifold to Vietnam in the near future.”
Yaoza K. Shimray, information officer, Tourism Authority of Thailand Mumbai office, said: “The whole of India is an important market for us. We are making special promotional efforts in Chennai in order to connect with the trade.”
Malan Salma of Tourism Malaysia said: “We are seeing double-digit growth from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Penang, mostly for leisure travel.”
Sarinya Tiyaphorn, assistant managing director, Pimalai Resort & Spa, Krabi said: “Krabi is becoming very popular with Indian travellers, so it is judicious to establish our presence in this market.”
Shreyash Shah, deputy director of sales, Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, Pattaya, said: “Chennai is a metro city and is connected to Bangkok, which ensures a steady flow of tourist traffic. We are here to make a quantum leap and increase numbers.”