Inspirations recently spread the joy of India through London, Paris and Munich. An entourage of 30 leading boutique properties met more than 200 tour operators training them on their lodges, camps and hotels. Think speed dating but for industry experts. Each event was geared towards informative conversation around India with the pure aim of raising awareness of hidden gems, identifying new itineraries and discussing how to boost business for 2019.
Tour operator attendees included the likes of Naturetrek, Cox & Kings UK, Red Savannah, Trailfinders and Steppes Travel, with feedback including: ‘The show was an apt platform for all the resorts I would love to meet and promote from India’, ‘Inspirations gives me a sound reason not to attend WTM’ and ‘absolutely enjoyed the presentation by Mr Ajeet Bajaj and the panel discussion’ . True testament to the quality of hosts and relevant participants.
Giving these educational meetings some cultural background there was an incredible talk from Ajeet Bajaj, who recently scaled Mount Everest with his daughter, the first father’daughter duo to do so. Author, Phejin Konyak also spoke about her latest publication, The Konyaks: The Last of the Tattooed Headhunters. Retracing the steps of her famous great grandfather and Konyak warrior Ahon it describes the culture in depth but is also a personal story full of melancholic emotions and ambiguous feelings as well.
To top the evening off in London there was a discussion with Sarah Miller (Sarah Miller & Partners, journalist, editor and consultant), Chris Caldicott (journalist & photographer) and April Hutchinson from TTGLuxury around India’s ongoing potential in the UK, how current travel trends can be adapted for India’s success and what makes a good story.
The evenings were made possible through the vision of WindowToLuxury Director, Sanjay Mechery and his host of partners – Rare Destinations, TOFTigers and Oman Air who provided some tickets to some lucky prize draw winners.
Next year is the third instalment of Inspirations, watch this space to find out when and where it will be!
In the meantime, photos of the events can be found below as well as this short highlight video.
For information about exhibiting or attending next year’s events please contact Sanjay Mechery.